Rebecca Furniss McGuire

Rebecca Furniss McGuire

3 Grove Road


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3 Grove Road


About me

My therapeutic services can be bought by private clients, adoption and fostering agencies, local authority, schools, and voluntary sector organisations.

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 my therapy relationship so that trust can develop and to help find ways to express themselves. I also use structures, therapeutic techniques, games and art forms to help them contain and manage overwhelming emotions and behaviours.

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. 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.

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.

  • 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 for Families with Fostered and Adopted Children

For children who have been traumatized by early neglect, abuse and separation from their birth parents, regulating their emotions and forming other important relationships at home, in school and in the community can be very challenging.

Trained by the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy institute, experienced with working with families who foster and supervised to provide this therapy.

I offer both parents and children therapeutic support.

This is done through the use of play in the relationship between you and your child in therapy. This will then create opportunities for closeness that will make it safer for the child to think (talk and draw and play) with you about how their difficult history and life story affects them.

I can support you to help your child make sense of what has happened and acknowledge the painful and often unconscious feelings of rejection and loss and shame that lie behind many of their difficult behaviours.

We will help the child to digest their story and get your devoted, affectionate support in coping with it.

This can help create a more secure attachment and alleviate emotional and behavioural challenges.

I am available to Local authorities and private fostering and adoption agencies as an associate therapist.

  • 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. This is an opportunity to reflect on your child's early life experiences prior to coming to your home and  think together about how these are playing themselves out in your present family. This may provide you with perspective that will enable you to approach challenging behaviours differently. You will have a chance to let off steam, think about your child's needs and how to adapt to meet them and to find your humour and your other interests and aspirations. I will support your child to express their hurts and fears and trust in your love and care for them.

Special Yoga for the Special Child

I am part of a network of 'Special Yoga for the Special Child' practitioners here in Bristol, who are trained in Special Yoga and can think together about the special needs of children. We were trained by the Special Yoga Centre in London.
I now work with Special Yoga Works in Stroud as one of their practitioners and have provided a Special Yoga group for children and their parents with the NHS Paeditatric physiotherapy department.

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.

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.

I am regulated by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and clinically supervised regularly. I am a member of the British Association of Dramatherapists.

My experience involves working as a:

  • 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.

I am part of a network of Special Yoga practitioners here in Bristol that are trained this way and can think together about the special needs of children. I was trained by Special Yoga Limited, 'Special Yoga for the Special Child ( to provide individual and group yoga for children with special needs.

Continued Professional Development log

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



The Venues I work at are Fulcrum House, in Redland or The Family Practice on the Gloucester road

Both sites have large, attractive, private therapy spaces from which to work with you, regularly and in privacy.

Fulcrum House   3 Grove RoadRedlandBristolBS6

The Family Practice  116 Gloucester RoadBishopstonBristolBS7 8NL

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


  • HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council registered
  • Insured by Balens
  • BADTH (British Association of Dramatherapist) member
  • CAPPP (Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Private Practice) member
  • DTSW (Dramatherapy South West) Member

Phone: 07857545815



Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS6 6UJ

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: French


Sessions available Tuesday 9:45- 2:15 Wednesday 9:45 -12:45 Thursday 9:45- 2:15 Some weekend sessions and some evening sessions available

Types of client

Young people
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