Dominic Stubbings MBACP (registered) counsellor & supervisor
Maidstone Community Support Centre
39-48 Marsham Street
The Counselling Centre
65-69 Tontine Street
07596 232 069
Sometimes it just helps to know someone is there and you're not scraping by alone. I offer you the space to get a handle on difficulties or problems you are experiencing at the moment with someone you can trust from outside your immediate circle who will listen, in a confidential, comfortable, quiet and non-judgemental environment. I have experience of working with women, men, young people and children.
I am a professional, fully-qualified, trained counsellor and supervisor in private practice at Phoenix Counselling Kent, registered with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and have over 500 hours experience across 5 years of professional counselling - both as a practitioner, facilitator and a teacher - working with issues such as anxiety and depression. Currently, I am training as a psychotherapist.
(The BACP are the main professional body for counselling; safeguarding clients and practitioners.)
The way I work:
My approach is humanistic and compassionate, where I serve as a catalyst for you finding your own resolutions to issues we all face at one point or another in our lives.
I do not give advice. After all, how could I? If I did, it would be to impose my values, personal beliefs and my experiences upon your life as if I knew best what’s right for you.
I believe only you know what is right for you - uniquely being the expert in your own life.
The benefits of counselling:
- Means you don't have to go through things alone.
- Gives you the freedom to tackle issues you want to work on
- Enables you to think things through in a confidential and safe setting and gain some understanding about yourself
- Provides the space to consider what makes you 'stuck' for whatever reason and supports you in discovering what might be the 'root' causes.
An initial consultation is £25. Thereafter, my fee structure is designed to meet the financial capacity of clients, whilst seeking to make the service as affordable and accessible as possible. Please see below for my fees and cancellation policy.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:
Understandably, it can feel daunting to meet a counsellor for the first time. As I attend personal psychotherapy myself, I can relate to how nerve-racking this can be. However, you can relax knowing that our first session together is simply a gentle opportunity to think about what you want from counselling and for us to consider whether or not I am the right counsellor for you and whether we can work together. Either way, there is no obligation and if you're not sure or have any questions, please feel welcome to give me a call or send an email.
A client assessment is conducted during our second session and a clinical history is taken. All information is kept confidentially, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Together, we also discuss your expectations of counselling and what you would like to get from it.
Usually I work with clients on a short term (generally 12 weeks) or long term (open ended) basis depending upon their needs. The choice is yours and this is something we would discuss at our initial meeting. Sessions are usually weekly, normally at the same time and we have a joint review every 4 weeks to ensure your emerging needs are being met. Occasionally, during more intensive work clients' may ask for more than one session a week.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications and training:
I am currently a psychotherapist in-training with the Metanoia Institute (London) and teach counselling at levels 2, 3 and 4 with a well established training provider. I have the following counselling and teaching qualifications:
- Level 6 Diploma in Individual and Group Supervision (currently completing)
- MSc. Contemporary Person-centred Psychotherapy and applications, University of Middlesex (currently completing)
- CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling: working with children & young people
- CPCAB Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children (practice)
- CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 6 Professional Graduate Certificate in Education & Training (ProfGCE), Canterbury Christchurch University
- 2:1 BA in Management, Birkbeck College, University of London.
(The Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) is a UK awarding body managed by professional counsellors, trainers and supervisors. Now in its 21st year of operation, it is the only awarding body in Europe to specialise in the field of counselling.)
I have worked holistically with children, teenagers and adults over the last 5 years in a variety of settings, including colleges, schools and private practice. These clients have experienced a range of different issues, some of which might feel familiar to you now:
- relationship struggles
- going through a separation or divorce
- family tensions
- the loss of someone or something important
- depression or sad feelings
- anxiety or fear
- experiencing a lack of confidence
- feeling betrayed by someone important to you
- anger or rage
- difficulties at work
- childhood trauma
- emotional, physical or sexual abuse
- low self-esteem
- having a lack of meaning or purpose to life
- feeling lost or stuck
- overwhelming insecurities or a sense of shame
- exam stress
Ethical Practice and accessibility:
- I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
- I take my work to a BACP senior accredited supervisor.
- All client details are stored securely using the BACP approved BACPAC system.
- I have professional indemnity insurance.
- As a registered member of the BACP, I abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
- My service is open to everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexuality, religion, race, or culture.
- Wheelchair friendly, with lift (Maidstone location only)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
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Fees are discussed during the initial session, which is charged at £25.
Like any other professional healthcare service, counselling is an investment in your physical, emotional and mental well-being. The fee charged is reflective of the quality of the service and the costs incurred, coupled with the value placed upon the work by the client.
I ask clients to pay what they can afford and I offer a sliding scale between £30 and £45 per hour. This is assessed by clients' personal circumstances (for example, being a full-time student, a pensioner, unemployed or on a low wage) and aims to make the service as accessible as possible. Some concessionary sessions are also available so please ask.
Appointments between 7am - 9am and 5pm - 8pm:
Being premium slots, these usually attract a higher rate (£35 - £45 per hour)
Appointments between 10am and 4pm:
These slots attract a lower rate (£30 per hour)
Cancellation and Holidays:
Appointments missed because you are unwell and you have given me 48 hours notice, or because you are on holiday are not charged for.
If you give less than 48 hours notice you will be charged £25 for the session, which is to cover room rent.
DIRECTIONS TO MAIDSTONE COMMUNITY CENTRE:
From Maidstone East Station:
- Turn right out of station and walk up the hill (past the taxis).
- Turn right on to WEEK STREET. Walk approximately for 5 mins down WEEK STREET (Pedestrianised Shopping Area).
- Look for C & H Fabrics on the left hand side of the street turn into this street – UNION STREET
- Walk up UNION STREET for about 1 min take the first turning on the right – CHURCH STREET
- Walk along CHURCH STREET – pass the M & S Car Park on the left hand side then cross over the road.
- Follow the road around to the left.
- Walk pass the old Eye Hospital Building on the left hand side and you should see the Trinity Foyer (Old Church Building) in front of you with steps leading up the front.
- Walk past this and stay on the left hand side of the road. You will then proceed into MARSHAM STREET.
MCSC is the large red brick building on the right hand side of the road with a flag flying outside and 3 steps at the front (right hand side) and a ramp to the left for disabled access.
By Road from M20:
- Travel along the M20 to Junction 7 - follow the signs for Maidstone Town Centre.
- Continue forward onto KING STREET A20.
- Go past the bowling alley and Somerfield on your right.
- Take the second turning on your right (a one way street) at the top of this road turn right onto CHURCH STREET, bear round to the right and KINGS STREET Multi Storey is on your left.
There is no parking for visitors during normal office hours (weekdays 8:30am to 5:30pm) at the Centre. Instead, there is parking available in KINGS STREET and CHURCH STREET. Both are short-stay and are reasonably priced.
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