About me

Hello I am Lucy and whether you are seeking support for difficulties in your life related to yourself 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, 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 psychotherapist, 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.

I work from The Coastal Practice in Southbourne which has a range of comfortable therapy rooms, with disabled access and free street parking outside the premises.

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

My private practice has been in place since 2016. I have wide experience of many issues working both short and long term with adults and young people, across a variety of settings.

Alongside my private practice, I am a sessional lecturer for Eastleigh College and taught on their Diploma in Humanistic and Gestalt Counselling from January - July 2018.

Previously, I worked, for over 3 years, as a dedicated counsellor for Dorset Action on Abuse, now Hurting 2 Healing; supporting adults with a history of emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

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. Additionally in my role as counsellor working with students at Southampton University for 6 months, common issues were stress, anxiety, depression and loss/bereavement.

To support and develop my practice further, I qualified as a psychotherapist in 2018, after completing a 3 year MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy with Metanoia Institute in London.

My existing qualifications include:

  • Msc in Gestalt Psychotherapy
  • Level 5 Diploma in Humanistic and Gestalt Counselling (Distinction)
  • 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.

Professional Memberships:

  • UKCP (UK Council of Psychotherapists)
  • BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) - accredited member MBACP (Accred)
  • Hampshire Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.


Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Sessions are for 50 minutes and cost £55.

The initial appointment gives you a chance 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 or bank transfer.


Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday daytime and early evening.

Further information

My availability:

I am available for appointments during the day on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and early evening on Wednesday 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.

Venue information

I work from the comfortable therapy rooms at The Coastal Practice in Southbourne, with free street parking available outside the premises.

My contact details:

You are welcome to contact me by phone on 07776046376 or email at lucyfurnisscounselling@outlook.com. 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.

The Coastal Practice
98 Broadway

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Access available at The Coastal Practice in Southbourne.

Lucy Furniss

Lucy Furniss