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Richard J L Newman DHP  07792584968


I am a registered, accredited hypnotherapist and psychotherapist with many years of experience working with a number of therapy systems and a wide range of issues.        

I specialise in treating adults and teenagers with a variety of issues and provide a caring and confidential treatment program tailored to each individual.  My previous work in education, the creative arts, media and as a carer as well as a therapist equips me with a wide experience of life.

I qualified as Solution Focused Clinical Hypnotherapist at the Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training Centre in Bristol, a recognised and accredited centre of excellence for hypnotherapy in the UK.

I am registered with the Complementary and Natural Health Care Council. I am a member of the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and also registered with the National Council of Hypnotherapy, I follow their strict code of ethics and have full professional liability insurance. I have been DBS certified for working with vulnerable adults and children.

You can review some real testimonials from my previous clients on the testimonials page.

I give regular courses and talks on adolescent brain development designed for teachers, teenagers and their parents.

I run weekly meditations at the Sweet Track Counselling Services in Glastonbury High Street.

I am a Trustee and the Secretary to a local educational charity: The Library of Avalon: a wonderful educational resource organising talks, courses and symposia as well as providing research and learning facilities with over 15,000 books on psychology, philosophy and various other esoteric subjects.

The most important key to a successful course of therapy is the empathy and rapport developed between the client and therapist.

 Education and personal experience.

I was educated at Wellington College, Berkshire and went on to study philosophy and psychology at The University of Edinburgh in 1979.  

In the 1080’s I had the opportunity of studying and working with the American psychologist Frank Natale co-founder of The Phoenix Centre in New York in 1967 and who later was also founder and creative director of Frank Natale & Associates, an experiential education organization presenting seminars throughout the United States, Europe and Australia.  Having graduated as a TNI Instructor of courses in Results, Self Esteem, Communication and Relationships, I worked in London and the Netherlands and was a co-founder of The Humaniversity in North London, where we worked intensely with Gestalt and encounter Therapy forms during the late 1980’s.

For some years I also enjoyed a career as a designer, director and producer in television and theatre, both in London and in Amsterdam, before coming to live in Somerset in 2008.

Here I worked in a local secondary school assisting children with Special Needs. This work, and my personal experiences of being a full time carer for my child who acquired intractable epilepsy as a teenager, inspired me to renew my work in psychotherapy.

My child’s life changing illness, which began when they were a teenager, inspired me to research deeply into teenage brain development and its effect on mental health and, in addition to my normal hypnotherapy treatments, I now offer a special short course for teenagers and their parents designed to help them deal with the significant changes and challenges of being a teenager in the 21st century. This course is suitable for all teenagers and their parents, whether or not they are suffering from specific problems. You can see more about this on the page devoted to this subject. I will be shortly publishing a workbook on the subject.

Richard JL Newman


Continuous Professional Development:  

Like all therapists I participate in regular CPD courses as well as Professional Supervision.

I have lately completed courses in Neuroscience with Dr Naeem Iqbal to compliment my own research into teenage brain development as well as Mindfulness training with Matthew Dyson. I am presently focused on studying the Human Givens approach (Ivan Tyrrell).