Lucy Furniss Counselling DipHe (Distinction)
Hello I am Lucy and I know that to have got this far, you are likely to be feeling desperate for support with difficulties in your life. Whether this is about you or your relationships with others, my warm and welcoming nature will help you to speak openly about your issues. I offer a non judgemental space for you to talk safely and confidentially about whatever you want to.
From my years of experience of supporting adults and young people, over the age of 13, I can help you with issues around :
- feeling depressed
- struggling with anxiety
- problems with stress and work issues
- family and relationship difficulties
- low self esteem and lack of confidence
- coping with loss and bereavement
- long term impacts of trauma and abuse
- exploring your gender and sexuality
- life changing events such as divorce, separation and redundancy
- negative body image
- worries over self harm
- living with ill health
- parenting problems or caring for elderly parents
- considering unresolved past or recent conflicts
My authentic, intuitive and creative style, supports you to discover ways for you to reflect on your experiences and understand your perspective,Together, we will consider which of your patterns works for you and which might be unhelpful. As a Gestalt counsellor, healthy connection with others and our world is my focus to achieving full satisfaction in our lives and I believe that everyone has this capability; offering hope to my clients.
My therapy room is in my peaceful and private garden in Brockenhurst. This is easily accessible within 30 minutes drive from Southampton, Bournemouth and Christchurch. There is also a good rail link. On street parking is conveniently available directly outside my house. I also have access to a room at the Fenwick Health and Wellbeing Centre in Lyndhurst.
Please do call to ask questions or arrange an initial appointment. It may be hard to take this step but consider our first meeting as a chance to see if we are compatible and to answer your questions. Any initial meeting is of course without obligation. if I am unable to answer your call immediately, feel free to leave a message and I will call back.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have wide experience of many issues working both short and long term with adults and young people, across a variety of settings.
Currently, I continue my work as a dedicated counsellor for Dorset Action on Abuse, since 2014; supporting adults with a history of emotional, physical and sexual abuse. Additionally, I counsel students at Southampton University where common issues include stress, anxiety, depression and loss/bereavement.
As a counsellor for It's Your Choice, a charity working with 12-25 years old, I also gained experience over 3 years of working with young people and particularly supporting anxiety, depression, self harm and personal/family relationship issues.
To support and develop my practice further, I am currently undertaking training as a psychotherapist and am in Year 4 of a 5 year Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy with Metanoia Institute in London.
My existing qualifications include:
- Level 5 Diploma in Humanistic and Gestalt Counselling (Distinction) and I practice as a Gestalt Counsellor.
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Level 2 Introduction to Counselling Concepts
- Diploma in Management
Before becoming a counsellor, my main career has been in business and finance working for public, private and charitable sectors and more latterly supporting those with financial difficulties and less easy access to finance. I have also run my own Bed and Breakfast business.
- BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
- Hampshire Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
Sessions are 50 minutes and ongoing appointments are £40.
The initial appointment is £20, with a concession offered for you to come and meet me and for us to see if I am suitable to meet your needs.
Our time together may be short or long, and we will consider your needs and agree on time and priorities together. This, alongside regular reviews will help you to check your needs are being met.
I accept payment by cash, cheque or bank transfer.
I am available for appointments during weekdays and some evenings and will be pleased to have an informal chat about whether there is a mutually convenient time that suits you. Generally once we start, it works best when we can continue to meet weekly, on the same day and time each week.
I have my own therapy room in my peaceful garden at home with on street parking outside. Additionally, I rent a room in the Fenwick Health and Wellbeing Centre in Lyndhurst, which has easy access with a cloakroom on the same level. Details are available at www.scagroup.co.uk/fenwick2.
My contact details:
You are welcome to contact me by phone on 07776046376 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If I am unable to answer, feel free to leave a message and I will return your call at a time that suits you. I look forward to hearing from you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekdays and some evenings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|