Rebecca Furniss McGuire

Rebecca Furniss McGuire

Lawrence Hill

I am unable to take further enquiries until 31-Oct-2017

07857 545815

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Lawrence Hill

07857 545815

About me

I am able to work privately, in schools, at yoga businesses and for voluntary organisations. My therapeutic services can be bought by private clients who are looking for:

  • Children and young people's counselling and Dramatherapy.
  • Individual Dramatherapy for adults.
  • Therapy with Yoga in the counselling relationship.
  • Therapy for parents.
  • Yoga for children with special needs.
  • Individual Yoga.

Counselling and Dramatherapy for Children and Young People

I start by drawing out the strengths and the healthy, playful and curious parts of children and young people. We use play, images, art, stories, music and drama in our therapeitic relationship. These mediums aid in developing trust, confidence and finding ways for individual children to express themselves and their emotions.
I also use structures, therapeutic techniques, games and art forms to help them contain and manage overwhelming emotions and behaviours. New behaviours can be explored and learnt by trying out different roles, than the ones children habitually play in life.

I am then trained to think psychodynamically and use developments in brain science and attachment theory to understand children and young people’s emotional needs, when they are having difficulties with:

  • worry or low mood
  • low self esteem and identity issues
  • struggling to form satisfactory relationships at home or in school.
  • attachment related difficulties
  • experiencing loss, separation or bereavement
  • anger
  • isolation
  • struggling with adoption and fostering
  • effected by family conflict or by conflict among their peers or bullying
  • difficulties with school, and achievement
  • at risk of exclusion or experiencing school exclusion
  • self-harming
  • risky behaviour
  • using drugs and alcohol
  • behaving aggressively

Dramatherapy for Adults

We will start the contract by establishing your sense of trust, your strengths and resources. I provide a safe and confidential setting where you can bring up the issues that feel important to you to spend time on and come to terms with. I am able to listen and accept, without being judgmental; nor will I talk about myself.

I will encourage your imagination, playfulness and creativity as these are important factors in healing psychological wounds and developing your inner resources. I also draw from my yoga practice in supporting you to find ways to feel calm, breath easier and find your wellness.

No prior experience of art or drama is necessary and this is not like school where what you produce is judged critically. The arts are used to help you express what is difficult to put into words.

Dramatherapy means that, as well as sitting and talking in counselling, we can also involve your body, breath and movement in the space to explore your feelings and needs. There is the possibility of projecting out your experiences, thoughts and feelings onto objects and using art materials; which can give new perspective and insights.

  • Benefits: This relationship will leave you feeling better understood and supported. The time and space and relationship can enable you to gain insights and make changes happen.

Therapy For Parents

Whether you are a mum or dad, if you would like support with exploring your own emotional needs and some of the difficult feelings involved with being a parent we can arrange regular sessions.

Your feelings will be accepted and I will support you to express them and process them so they feel more manageable. Creative expression can enable you to explore feeling that it is initially difficult to put words on.
We can also draw from my experience of teaching and using yoga to feel calmer, and take time for ourselves, in our day to day.

  • Benefits: This relationship will leave you feeling better understood and supported. I can provide you with an private space for your emotions which may ease tensions and anxieties.

Therapy with Yoga in the counselling relationship

Through my daily personal practice of yoga I have established that there is much to share about the use of yoga as a therapeutic tool in the counselling relationship. As always in a therapeutic relationship, we will start by allowing you the chance to bring whatever is on your mind into the space to share with me. I will attend to this in a non-judgemental manner and enable you to explore it more deeply through an appropriate therapeutic medium. Having established your needs and feelings, we will then focus the other part of the session on how to support yourself at this time through the tools of yoga. Yoga involves concentrating on our natural breath and it's power to sooth our central nervous system and the activate the 'rest and relaxation' response. We will use this as a way of connecting with your self-supporting  part of yourself. I will show you how to do this and what simple yoga poses may be of benefit to your current condition and mental state. I will also share with you and explore how elements of yogic lifestyle (yamas and niyamas) may support you with emotional stability and holistic health.

Special Yoga for the Special Child

Trained by the Special Yoga Centre in London

I now work closely with a team of Special Yoga practitioners in Bristol.
We can offer regular one-to-one and/ or group sessions that support children with special needs through yoga.
I have worked with Special Yoga Works ( now The Maya Project) in Stroud,

as one of their practitioners, providing one-to-one yoga sessions to children in primary schools and special schools and to groups of primary and secondary age children. I have also worked in schools in Bristol and Bath and with the Primary Health Partnership paediatric physiotherapy team in Bristol.

We can provide individual weekly sessions for children with Special Needs, from 4 months of age to young adulthood.

They may be challenged by Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down Syndrome, Global Developmental Delay (GDD), Profound Developmental Delay (PDD), Anxiety Disorder, Learning Difficulties, motor planning issues, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and general developmental delays.

The yoga is provided to help your child find moments of relaxation and peace in their bodies, as well as concentration while we gently encourage their bodies to their full strength, flexibility and movement potential, paying close attention to their use of their breath.

  • Benefits include:

Improved sleep, improved ability to self regulate, improved concentration, improved speech and communication and improved general well-being.

I provide Yoga based wellbeing sessions in St George area of Bristol

My weekly Mother and baby Yoga takes place at Bristol Movement Space Wednesdays 1:30-2:30 in term time, please call me to join in.
307 Church Road St George Bristol BS5 8AA

Bring your baby along to be with you in a calming yoga environment. Feel free to care for your baby as you need to in the session.

This class is for you to learn to practice many of  the elements of yoga;

Supporting you to use your breath to feel more relaxed, aware and healthy. Limbering the body will improve your flexibility and build your strength. Develop your yoga postures, advance with sequenced vinyasa and breath calmly during strong held poses. This can help you find such strength and calmness in other areas of your life. Experience deep Relaxation.

Find support and friendship from other local parents of babies. Learn to relax deeply.

Adult yoga Classes take place on Wednesday mornings at Bristol Movement Space 307 Church Road St George Bristol BS5 8AA. Call to book.

Classical Hatha yoga, as taught be Satsanga Ashram and Swami Gitananda (ICYER).
No experience necessary.  Those with experience welcome too.

  • Exercises for limbering the muscles and joints so you feel more supple and strong.
  • Basic pranayama (breath awareness)
  • Classical yoga poses and movement sequences (vinyasa) to develop flexibility, stamina and concentration.
  • Deep relaxation between poses and at the end of the session, so bring a blanket if you like.
  • I will introduce some chanting and bajan singing for the good feeling they bring.

Please let me know of any physical complaints or health issues when you call, so that I can plan for your needs.

Individually tailored sessions of Yoga are also available.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained as a Dramatherapist at Roehampton University, completing my Masters in 2009.

I have also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic counselling for primary and secondary school age children, 2011

In 2016 I completed my 200h Adult yoga Teacher Training with Satsanga Ashram in Wales, which is the sister Ashram to the International Centre for Yoga Education and Research in Pondicherry, India (ICYER). They passed on a beautiful form of Classical Hatha yoga steeped in Vedic traditions, which embraces the wider elements of yogic living.

In 2014 I trained to provide Special Yoga with the Special Yoga Centre in London

I am regulated by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and clinically supervised regularly. I aminsured by Balens

My practice experience :

  • I have worked with Special Yoga Works (The Maya Project) in Stroud,           as one of their Special Yoga practitioners, providing one-to-one yoga sessions to children in primary schools and special schools and also to groups of primary and secondary age children, in liaison with their families and the SENCO. Sophie Bolton and I provided a Special Yoga group for children and their parents with the NHS Paeditatric physiotherapy department. Sophie and I often think and work together doing this work. We also jointly provided Group Special Yoga at BOP (Bath Opportunity Pre-school) for pre-school children with special needs.
  • I have had a private practice at Fulcrum House in Bristol providing counselling and Dramatherapy to individuals and families.
  • I have worked with Off The Record as a young people's counsellor and at Fairfield secondary school, through them.
  • I have worked for The Bridge Foundation providing psychodynamic counselling in primary schools, as part of their 'Schools counselling team'.
  • Therapist for a Fostering company (FCA Core Assets Group), supporting foster parents and the children in their care. This involved training in the level 1 Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Training developed by Dan Hughes, therefore I can be supervised to provide this therapy intervention to families who are fostering or adopting.
  • Dramatherapist and counsellor for women at a mother and baby unit ( Naomi House, One 25), with addictions and trauma.
  • Dramatherapist  at Newpin family Welfare centre, for parent and child.
  • Counsellor and Dramatherapist in primary and secondary school, and at a pupil referral unit (Victoria House, Croydon). In Bristol I have worked with Off The Record and The Bridge Foundation providing counselling to children and young people.

I have experience of facilitating multi-agency meetings (CAMHS, Social services, Alternative schooling providers, SENCO, Voluntary agency, School nurse) to highlight the emotional needs of the child and advocate on their behalf.

Continued Professional Development log

2016 200h Adult yoga Teacher Training, Satsanga Ashram Wales, Yoga Alliance Accredited course

2015 British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course

2014 Special Yoga for children with special needs, with the Special Yoga Centre in London

2013 October, Working with parents in the room, Jackie Stratford is a qualified UKCP registered family and systemic psychotherapist.

2013 Oct, Dan Hughes Conference, Working with adopted and fostered Children

2013 Oct Introduction to working with Trauma related disorders, Sue Wright ph.D

2013 Level 1 Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, facilitated by Julie Hudson,Clinical Psychologist M. Clin Psych, BSc (Hons). Working  therapeutically with children’s trauma with and their foster carers and adoptive families. (Dan Hughes model)

2013 Suicide prevention training facilitated by Jane Thompson, registered nurse in both adult and mental health nursing, specialising in children and young peoples mental health for the past 15 years.

2013 Working Outside the Dyad ; Counselling young people with a parent/carer/partner in the room’Dr Tessa Weir-Jeffery Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist.

2013 Domestic Abuse awareness training (PEYTU) Mandy Parry

2012 Working Therapeutically through creativity, with Children and Young people ( Off The record and CAMHS Kate Testo)

2012 Child protection, equivalent of Local Authority level 2 ( Wessex Counselling service)

2012 (1 year course) Diploma in Psychodynamic counselling for children and young people, in School. Wessex counselling service.

2012 (July) Working with Domestic Violence and Abuse (Bristol Domestic Abuse Forum) amoungst young people.

2012 Introduction to the use of CBT model of Emotional disorders, Wessex Counselling service, Deema Davidson

(May) POP5 Understanding how to set up a home-based childcare service PEYTU

20112 Off The Record Assessment Training, new tool and approach

2010 (October) Data protection Law; An Introduction by Osborne Clark

2010 (October) BADTh Journal Launch and Research

2010 (September) Introduction to women and Drugs, The Training exchange + One25; drugs, health, law, sexual assault, ugly mugs, psychological effects of drug use.

2010 (June) The Trauma Survivor’s Intra Psychic Role Atom, using The Therapeutic Spiral Model (Kate Hudgins)

2010 (June) BADth CPD ‘Dramatherapy with Children and Young People’.

2009 Emergency First Aid Centerpoint

2009 Drug Awareness Training Centrepoint

2008 Managing aggression –  Centrepoint UK

2007 1 day Emergency First Aid Training -Centrepoint UK

2007 1 day Cognitive behavioural Therapy Introduction -Centrepoint UK

2006 NVQ 3 Unit Working with Vulnerable Young people and their Families –Connexions UK

2006 Evaluation & Monitoring Training BBC Children in Need

2006 Vulnerable Adults -Centrepoint UK

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Other areas of counselling I deal with

Children with Special needs.


The Venues I work at currently is Barton Hill Settlement and Bristol Movement Space.

What does Therapy and Counselling Entail?

  • An allocated time, usually weekly, on an agreed date, at a reliable, comfortable space.
  • It is confidential and cannot be overheard or interrupted.
  • It is specifically tailored to meet you, or your child’s emotional needs.
  • The minimum number of sessions in a contract would be 10 sessions, we may assess that more may be beneficial.
  • An Initial Session to draw up a contract - costs £30.
  • Sessions cost £40 each and take place weekly.
  • fortnightly sessions may be possible but these will cost £60 each
  • work with more than one client in the room at a time will cost more.

Further information

To book an initial consultation session, contact : Rebecca Furniss

  • Dramatherapist
  • Yoga teacher
  • Children and Young people’s counsellor
  • Special Yoga for Special children practitioner


  • HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council registered
  • Insured by Balens

Phone: 07857545815



Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS5

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: French


Day time sessions available between 10 am- 2pm Monday, Tuesday.

Types of client

Young people
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