SUSAN STUBBINGS Counsellor & Counselling Supervisor, Adv. Dip. Reg MBACP
Is peace of mind something you dream about? Feeling stressed, work getting on top of you, depression dragging you down? Trying to come to terms with childhood sexual abuse, trauma or abandonment issues. Struggling with addiction, health anxieties, panic or phobias? Or coping alone with the death of a loved one; the way they died or who died, are your relationships fraught with anxieties, worries and pain?
Then counselling will be of benefit to you. There are times in our life when we all need support to handle the challenges life conundrums throw at us. Gaining support, sharing and exploring with a professional experienced and compassionate counsellor will make all the difference. Whatever difficulties you are experiencing together in partnership we can make sense of and find the way forward for you to create or recreate peace of mind and empowered living.
An experienced Counsellor, Counselling Supervisor, Professional Supervisor, Accredited Bereavement Counsellor (Cruse) and group Facilitator. Registered member of BACP.
Working in Private practice and for the past 15 years supporting clients presenting a wide range of issues from Childhood abuse including historical sexual abuse, domestic violence, anger management, relationship difficulties, bereavement through sudden death, people impacted by a loved one completing suicide and people presenting with suicidal ideation to loss for example through divorce, job loss, retirement and redundancy, loss of self or identity and low self-esteem or confidence. Through to mental health difficulties including anxiety, depression, OCD, self-harm or dissociations and all manner of traumatic events people get thrown into.
Supporting the supporter through Supervising professional and volunteer counsellors and those undertaking counselling training. For many years and until recently I worked at our local college and am familiar with the CPCAB program of counselling studies and have supported counsellors studying, understand the pressures of working within placements for the first time. I am familiar with working through diploma level courses and juggling home, work and placements along with family life. I offer a professional service with a reduced fee for students in training.
Three days a week employed as a Child and Family Counsellor within a Hospice setting. Supporting through a myriad of delivery methods and specialising in trauma, bereavement, end of life care, support and counselling supporting families through the devastation of life limiting diagnosis, palliative care and the chaotic bereavement process which the death of a precious loved one brings. Supporting staff in supervision, professional and voluntary counsellors, staff De-brief, authoring, delivering and facilitating family bereavement support groups and CPD sessions.
Whilst this work can be ardours it is a privilege to support families facing and going through the toughest of times in their lives and rewarding to be a part of supporting families growth around their loss and grief.
Volunteered and paid work at Cruse Bereavement Care Doncaster for 8 year - To date accumulating 17 years experience supporting people bereaved including sudden, traumatic and/or expected death of a loved one. Those struggling to come to terms with a loved one who completed suicide and those who have lost loved ones through murder and family members shocked and impacted by their loved one who committed murder!
Trained further with Victim support supporting people suffering the impact, shock and trauma of finding self a victim of crime. Serious crime trained connecting with and supporting people through the traumatic experience of finding self a victim of mugging, sexual assault /abuse and/or domestic violence.
Gained seven years experience supporting people impacted by alcohol misuse, users and family members impacted by someone else misuse within a local charity.
Gained experience working within a family centre supporting disadvantaged families in their own home.
The seat of my passion sits in supporting others enduring suffering; I believe in the ‘whole person’ and holistic well-being; experienced and consistently committed to supporting people struggling with life difficulties. I have worked with people bringing depth of despair, worries and at the end of their tether; I am committed to alleviation of the confusion, pain and despair surrounding a wide range of human concerns and worries.
Counselling is a life enriching process - Counselling is a commitment to Self.
Together we can make a difference to your emotional & mental health, creating mental wealth and well-being.
The way I work.......
My practice is underpinned by the premise ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ supporting through an integrative therapeutic framework from a Humanistic foundation.
By Appointment only. My private practice includes:
Counselling Support for individuals from 18 years of age, couples and families.
Consultative Supervision for practitioners engaged in one-to-one client support, professionals, volunteers and students in training. Offering a space to reflect upon all dimensions of your work whilst developing your counselling role.
A creative, innovative and experienced Counsellor and Counselling Supervisor.
I work with and from Heart compassionately creating connections & peace of mind in partnership with you at your pace - one step at a time .....
I respect and honour each person as an individual with unique needs. I believe every person has the ability to reach for and achieve their fullest potential. Clients hold the right to be self-directing at their own pace; supporting through a genuine non-judgemental, compassionate way of Being. Creatively exploring ways with you to live more resourcefully empowering you to maintain, enhance and/or regain sovereignty over your own living. Exploring a variety of choices for the Self in a person-centred way and fostering a way of Being which is meaningful to each individuals’ sense of Self.
People have many concerns which bring them into counselling and indeed it takes courage to acknowledge and strength to seek support from another. The process is both rewarding and life enriching.
Probabilities leave no room for manoeuvre therefore I work creatively with you to find the possibilities in every situation ...
Together in partnership we will find a way!
Training, qualifications & experience
- Registered Member of BACP (MBACP) British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapists
- Accredited Bereavement Counsellor (Cruse)
Relevant Training & Academic Qualifications:
- CPCAB Advanced Diploma In Therapeutic Counselling (Humanistic)
- Cruse Bereavement Care Supervision Certificate
- Cruse Bereavement Care Grief Training Programme
- Working with Suicide
- Telephone Counselling
- Working with an Interpreter
- Victim Support training programme
- Serious Crime Training - Supporting victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence
- Child Sexual Abuse
- Working with relational Trauma, dealing with disorganised attachment
- Trauma & the Body - Somatisation and dissociation
- Clever Conversations - Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking Children and Young people
- NOCN Brief Interventions - Working with misusing of Alcohol and family members affected by someone else's use of Alcohol
- Drug misuse awareness
- Cognitive Distortions
- CBT - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Body Process in Counselling
- The Inner family - Inner Child work
- AQA Sociology A Level
- AQA Psychology GCSE
- AQA Sociology GCSE
- British Sign Language (L1)
- Safe Guarding
- Equality & Diversity
- Health & Safety
- First Aid at Work
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency
- Bereavement Master Class presented by Lois Tonkin
Completed many on-going training workshops to maintain and enhance my awareness, skills and knowledge. I believe in life-long learning and personal and professional development.
Completed a successful project funded by the National Lottery to identify 'Best Practice' for Assessing client needs; wrote, developed and delivered a Post Bereavement Assessment tool facilitating over 200 client assessment sessions, training 2 further Officers in the use and delivery of the tool and took lead to group supervision. I achieved Accredited Bereavement Counsellor status.
I have written, developed and facilitate a 6 monthly Psychoeducation Bereavement Support Program within a Children's Hospice setting; delivering on a monthly basis supporting families through the chaotic and traumatic effects the death of a precious and beloved Child brings.
I have written, developed and facilitate professional workshops on self-care, vicarious trauma, anxiety awareness, building resiliency and raising awareness of relational dynamics.
Knowledge and skill is important but it is of little use unless it is applied to daily living. Personal experience has been my biggest teacher and continues to be so, I work from a place which has been wounded, recovered, repaired and rejuvenated. Committed to on-going life-long process of growth and development.
I am no stranger to the journey you may be contemplating embark upon; perhaps the only difference is I set sail before you and am now the captain of my own ship!
It is my belief ALL persons regardless of age, experience or capabilities can fulfil their fullest potential starting from where they are in the now,
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Childhood bereavement
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am interested in listening to and supporting ALL people:
Particularly interested, experienced in supporting recovery, repairing & rejuvenating the specific wounds left by:
- Bereavement - death of a spouse, friend, partner, precious Child- bereaved by traumatic deaths i.e. death by Suicide, murder, road traffic accidents or sudden unexpected death.
- Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) from chronic long-term repetitive stress which may be from Childhood sexual, emotional or physical abuse, personal attacks, rape, repeated violations of personal boundaries, Narcissistic relationships, living in crisis or poverty.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from witnessing or being involved in domestic violence, relationship trauma, natural disasters, survivor guilt, a diagnosis of life-threatening conditions, flashbacks, nightmares, long-term mental health or physical issues.
- Diagnosed impairments, mobility issues, adjusting to new diagnoses.
- Loss of identity/Self - low self-esteem, confidence or self-worth.
- Healing from abusive relationships including domestic violence and Narcissist Relationships.
- Alleviating suffering from:
High Anxiety states - Nervous breakdown, Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) - Panic, Phobias, Social phobia's.
Counselling is a powerful source and support for people who wish to develop personally I offer personal development sessions for those who don't necessarily need or want a 'talking therapy' but wish to develop, strengthen their Self-esteem, grow in confidence. The counselling room becomes a space for people who wish to understand Self emotionally or work on patterns of behaviour, to explore their spirituality rather than religion or build emotional resilience. Counselling support can be a journey for self-discovery and development.
It can also be a space to support building interpersonal and life skills i.e.
- Building Emotional authenticity.
- Time Management
- Debt management.
To name a few.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Group therapy
Counselling therapeutic hour:
Individual: £35 - Couples: £55
Discount for volunteers and students £30
Supervision session 90 minutes:
Professionals £45 - Students £35 - Volunteers/Carers £30
Groups and families:
By discussion on needs and requirements.
I offer short-term and long term support and/or brief interventions as your needs dictate!
Anyone who contacts me with a view for engaging me for support whether for counselling, self-development or supervision I offer a free 30-minute face-to-face consultation.
My portfolio is available to view at this session!
- Coming ready or not - New Year resolutions
- Self-efficacy a ‘buzz word’ but what does it actually mean?
- Am I going mad?
- So what exactly is anxiety?
- The impact of the death of a child
- Normal responses to abnormal situations
The pendulum of the mind osculates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.
Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal
Pamela Vaull Starr
Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway.
To embark on the journey towards your goals and dreams requires bravery. To remain on that path requires courage. The bridge that merges the two is commitment.
Allowing hope not pain to make the important decisions for life - because
Dying matters, life matters, peace matters - each and every individual person matters equally.
Please visit my website for further information http://www.pendulumofpeace.co.uk
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Flexible evenings, weekends, Thursday and Friday appointments available; please feel free to contact me by phone between 8am-8pm. Warm regards Sue
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Supervision is essential to maintain effective, sustainable practice. It is a safe, rich source of support, learning, reflection, time to mull over, review, compassionately evaluate, question, explore new pathways, gain a different perspective, a space for you to breath, take stock, hear Self, understand, grow and develop. .