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About Me

Lucy Furniss


I came to counselling following a long term interest in psychology and what makes people tick. 

​During my 17 year business career working in public, private and charitable sectors, my greatest satisfaction was encouraging members of my team to achieve what they wanted from their career/life and to be the best that they could be. I love that I continue to be able to offer my skills, experience, understanding and passion for growth and healing to others.

I was fortunate to have space in my life to be able to start my counselling training in 2011 and completed this in 2018 with a Masters, qualifying as a Gestalt Psychotherapist. From this I have learnt so much about myself and the ways in which I relate to others which has supported my own personal development.


I am at my happiest outdoors with trees or on the beach walking my Cockerpoo, Bonnie. When I came to the Wild Therapy training in 2022, this spoke straight to my heart. Completing this training has led me to a deeper understanding of my own and humanity's place as part of, rather than separate from, the natural world.


I am passionate about protecting our planet and also supporting others to deepen their relationship with the outdoors and to take advantage of the psychological development and healing available. I am continuing on my own journey to find my Inner Wild. 


Experience and Current Practice

I have been in private practice since 2015 and have journeyed with many people; both young and old, male and female, non binary and trans, with different sexual orientations and a variety of issues and trauma. I now work only with adults over 18. 

My focus has broadened to include a variety of ways of working and sharing my experience. I continue to offer individual therapy for adults and am also developing therapeutic group work. Collaborating with others allows me to provide further experiences/retreats incorporating therapeutic time out in nature. In 2024, I will be offering Supervision.

I am experienced in supporting adult survivors of child abuse, either emotional, physical or sexual, through my prior counselling work for over 3 years with Dorset Action on Abuse/Hurting 2 Healing. I also counselled young people for a New Forest charity, It's Your Choice, and have worked giving therapy to students at Southampton University for 6 months.


Alongside my private practice, I lectured for Eastleigh College on their Diploma in Humanistic and Gestalt Counselling in 2018.


I commence my Certificate in Supervision with Relational Change in 2024.


In 2023, I became a registered Wild Therapist after training for over a year. You can find me on

In 2018, I completed my 3 year MSc in  Gestalt Psychotherapy at Metanoia Institiute in London; qualifying me as a psychotherapist. This followed my initial counselling training at Eastleigh College, where I obtained a distinction in my Diploma in Humanistic and Gestalt Counselling.

Continuing professional development is an essential element of my ongoing practice and I have completed numerous courses regarding: group facilitation, body oriented therapy, schizoid and borderline processes, OCD, eating disorders, working alongside trans, non-binary and gender questioning people, bereavement and grief, dissociation, mental health and psychosis.

I am a member of the UK Council of Psychotherapists and abide by their code of ethics.

Moving Forward

I know that finding a therapist is a very personal experience so feel free to pick up the phone or email and have a chat with me about your needs.


Following this we can meet for an initial session, with no further obligation.


My Locations

I work mostly from The Retreat New Forest, A35, Hinton, BH23 7EF, This is a lovely retreat centre with comfortable and private therapy rooms accessed via 2 staircases. There is beautiful outdoor space including grounds, a walled garden, woodland and a lake and we can access this fluidly for all or part of our sessions.

I also work from The Coastal Practice, 98 Broadway, Southbourne, Bournemouth, BH6 4EH. This therapy centre has peaceful and private rooms. It is wheelchair accessible and has free street parking available outside the premises for up to 2 hours.

We can also agree to work outdoors in the New Forest or at

Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth

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