Lucy Furniss Psychotherapist and Counsellor
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 practice from 2 locations. My therapy room in Brockenhurst is in my peaceful and private garden. 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 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 2015. 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.
- UKCP (UK Council of Psychotherapists)
- BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) - registered member
- Hampshire Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Sessions are 50 minutes and ongoing appointments are £50.
The initial appointment is £25, 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 or bank transfer.
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. I work from Brockenhurst Monday and Wednesday and Southbourne on Tuesdays. 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 in Brockenhurst. I also 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 email@example.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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Access available at The Coastal Practice in Southbourne, however there is a small step into my room in Brockenhurst
Monday daytime in Brockenhurst, Tuesday daytime in Southbourne, and Wednesday daytime and early evening in Brockenhurst
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|