Furness Norton, MS, LMHC (he/him)
Furness endeavors to create a warm and nonjudgmental therapeutic space in which clients have an opportunity to speak their truths and be recognized for the journey they are currently on. He strongly believes in the importance of a therapeutic relationship built on mutual trust, agency, and collaboration.
Through compassion and curiosity, Furness encourages clients to work from a place of rigidity to flexibility while helping uncover and rediscover individual strengths. He brings an awareness that trust is gradually built over time and additionally influences the ways that we allow ourselves to redefine our intersecting identities, relationships with others, and relationship with ourselves.
Furness draws upon an eclectic approach that includes cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic theories and mindfulness. He sees one’s inner voice as incredibly powerful in the meanings we make of our wide range of life experiences. Accordingly, he recognizes the value in exploring our held beliefs and histories of trauma with both reverence and curiosity to gently challenge and examine how they currently shape our lives. Furness strives to foster a therapeutic relationship that allows clients to challenge unhelpful self-talk and radically accept difficult emotions even through moments of doubt or shame. He sees self-compassion and the practice of being fully present in our daily lives as a key to identifying additional self-affirming ways to navigate sources of stress.
Furness attended CUNY Brooklyn College where he earned his Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and Bachelor of Science in Psychology. While working in an outpatient substance use clinic, he was one of the primary counselors serving the LGBTQ+ community and their various intersecting identities. He went on to work at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy’s LGBTQ sub-division PCGS, and the Institute for Human Identity to prioritize the queer community, including BIPOC individuals and immigrants or adult children of immigrants. Furness additionally has experience working with individuals in nontraditional relationship styles (such as polyamory and ethical non-monogamy).