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Abi Newman

Abi Newman

‘Your body speaks its mind’- Stanley Keleman

I am compassionate, empathetic and a genuine believer in people, I know that we all have the potential to meet and integrate our power, wisdom and grace. I am not detached or analytical. I work to stay in constant connection with how you are feeling in the here and now, staying open, curious and aware to my own responses to you.

How I work

As a Therapist I encourage a body-mind language. This approach honours the whole of your experience moment by moment, deeply acknowledging embodiment and relationship, asking what you feel and how you feel it.

This question can often be an interactive experience, answered and expressed through body (felt-sense), mind (thoughts) and emotion (relationship).

Acknowledging the stories and language of your body can offer another dimension to our therapeutic work together and creates a space to explore the difficulties in your life that do not seem to move or change simply by talking about them.

I feel inspired by many ancient traditions and modern teachings, often weaving together elements of Body-mapping with Psychotherapy.

Our sessions together will depend entirely on what works best for you and could involve:

  • Talking therapies: Relational, Transpersonal, Gestalt.
  • Formative Psychology
  • Body mapping and meditation
  • Ecotherapy (strengthening your relationship with Nature)
  • Voice/sound exploration
  • Ritual and ceremony
  • Creative writing
  • Movement
  • Breath awareness
  • Visualisation work
  • Play

The healing challenge of change

Many of us meet the challenge of wanting and needing change in our lives, while not knowing how to move away from the safety of what feels familiar. To want to be free while also wanting to protect ourselves, these mixed messages can become confusing. I have found that working with and moving through inner conflicts rather than against them can be deeply nourishing work, allowing us to come home to ourselves and find peace.

Inner conflicts and inner conversations are alive within all of us and can present themselves in both conscious and unconscious ways.

Some examples might be experienced through body; posture, shape, tension, breath, excessive or deficient connection to certain body parts/areas.

Through mind and thought; an internal argument, indecisiveness, uncertainty, the I should vs the I need/want.

And through emotion/relationship; anger, sadness, fear and anxiety, prolonged depression, attachment, detachment, indifference, co-dependency, pulling closer and pushing away.

‘The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any’- Alice Walker

I will to be alongside you through powerless moments, times of feeling stuck, through change and expansion, I will support, guide and hold space for you to come home to yourself and your power.

Body Mapping

Body Mapping is a creative therapeutic process which allows you to connect, explore and creatively communicate the stories that live in your body.

It involves creating a life-size representation of your body onto paper. Using marks such as images, symbols and words you will map out places in you that carry a language you can hear, this language might be full of life, a place of discomfort, possibly places holding hope and potential for the future, at times even difficult to translate but perhaps offering you something to integrate over time.

In the process of creating the body map your inner language will deepen and you will discover new connections in the stories that live within you, gaining a deeper understanding of your own power and igniting a wild path of rediscovery.

Experience and inspiration

I have over 10 years’ experience of working in both Voluntary and Private mental health settings; residential and non-residential in the UK and overseas. I have seen and experienced the healing effect of truly meeting someone through relationship and being alongside people in moments of challenge/pain and joy/celebration. I am inspired by a Humanistic way of being in relationship, full of spirit and curiosity.

I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, working in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I have regular supervision and I am committed to ongoing growth through professional development.

I am particularly interested in the Therapeutic work of Peter Levine: Somatic Experiencing, Stanley Keleman: Formative Psychology, Nick Totton: Embodied-Relational Therapy, Babette Rothschild: Somatic Trauma Therapy and the healing work of Sandra Ingerman through Shamanic Practice and teaching. I continue to be inspired my Mentor and teacher Annette Schwalbe a Body and Movement Psychotherapist and my Supervisor Jo Moulton a Therapist inspired by Formative Psychology.

Alongside my work as a Therapist, I offer 1:1 Body Mapping retreats (non-residential) and group experiences. I am also a qualified Level 2 Reiki practitioner.

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