About Ian Newman
I was born in 1974 and raised in Bromley, Kent. My biggest passion was Star Wars which is still very much something I have a keen interest in. A love for film, TV and performance led me to undertake a degree in Communications and Audio Visual Production and I worked in media for a couple of years.
In the late 90s I worked as a youth and children's worker in Westminster before embarking on a PGCE in primary education. I have taught in South-East London since 2004.
My interest in mental health and wellbeing emerged through my work with children and young people and an interest in supporting parents and adults working in schools which led to me train as a counsellor.
Now I work both as a counsellor in private practice in Kent and also as teacher and mental health ambassador in south east London. I am particularly interested in working with adults who feel overwhelmed with life's circumstances and who need support in working through issues that are holding them back and causing stress, depression and anxiety.
I am an advocate and active practitioner of mindfulness and am keen to incorporate this in my work as a counsellor and as a mental health ambassador in schools.
My spare time is spent indulging in box-sets on TV, going to the cinema, theatre and music concerts as well as walking my two Romanian rescue dogs.