SUSAN STUBBINGS Counsellor & Counselling Supervisor, Adv. Dip. Reg MBACP
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I am available and offering on-line and telephone counselling for both clients and those seeking supervision support for people living within the United Kingdom.
In person therapy will be included and offered when safety is restored.
known as Sue - I have 18 years’ experience of counselling; I offer an Integrative therapeutic style of counselling. From a robust Humanistic and Person-Centred foundation of compassionate care and support. With principles of respect to a persons autonomy, every persons has the right to be self-directing, every person has the ability to reach for and achieve their fullest potential, this potential is forever flowing, moving and changing as life moves forwards for the better or worse, we can move with our individual life and get the very best of our self. A foundation which supports and believes in the whole person, and the uniqueness of each individual and their lived experiences.
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. Based on your needs at the time of seeking support; I may include elements of awareness, skills and knowledge from other theoretical schools of thought. For example Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Transactional Analysis (TA) and Trauma and Strength Based Counselling. We can expect the therapy elements to change several times as we travel together and you reach specific goals and regain personal sovereignty, to empower you to reach your overall goals of what brought you into counselling.
Supporting people through a vast range of human concerns from common mental health issues anxieties, depressions, those who want to develop their sense of self by strengthening their self-esteem, confidence or resilience to abusive and difficult relationships, breakdown or work or study stresses, for example.
I have a special interest and breathe of experience supporting people to regain balance and a sense of peace they can live with, following the experience of trauma, or been a witness to traumatic events. I have experience of working with families who experience and care for a precious loved one with life-limiting and life shortening conditions and beyond into the disorientating, painful and confusion which the bereavement process commands.
I also support individuals faced with the sudden impact of becoming impaired through accidents, illnesses, homelessness; or the trauma divorce, violent and abusive relationships bring. Supporting families who have been separated from a loved one through illness, suicide, death of their beloved spouse or cherished child.
Trauma is considered any experience which is deeply distressing, disturbing and shocking to our emotional, physical, psychological or spiritual well-being. This can be through death of a loved one, accidents, assault, health diagnosis, domestic violence, divorce, homelessness, death of a loved one though suicide or you may have suicidal thoughts. To sexual, emotional, physical or spiritual abuse, including historical childhood sexual abuse, and relationship which could be considered to envelope unhealthy Narcissist traits and/or process.
Together in partnership we will find a way!
An experienced Counsellor, Counselling Supervisor, Professional Supervisor, Accredited Bereavement Counsellor (Cruse) and group Facilitator. Registered member of BACP.
I work with and from Heart compassionately creating connections & peace of mind in partnership with you at your pace - one step at a time
Currently employed three days a week in a Hospice setting supporting families receiving diagnosis of life changing conditions, children with life-limiting and life shortening conditions. Supporting the impact upon a family through palliative care and the very distressing and sad death of their beloved Child. Including early and late miscarriage's, still-birth, born premature or sick; sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), known as cot death and death of their beautiful and precious young person and/or young adult.
I also work two days in private practice by appointment only - supporting people from the age of 18 from all walks of life presenting a variety of human difficulties, concerns and conditions. Please get in touch if you feel you would like support for your difficulties we can have an initial contact to assess if we both think we are a good fit for you to reach positive outcomes.
Previously gained experience working for several charities around Doncaster, both as a volunteer and paid employment. For example, Cruse Bereavement Care, Victim Support, Surestart Family Centre and Alcohol Services.
I also offer supervision to other counsellors supporting clients suffering through trauma, homelessness, deprivation, young people and domestic violence charities in and around Doncaster, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire areas.
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. You don't have to cope or go through things which concern you, intense feelings or traumatic experiences alone, 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.
I am often asked why I do this work since it sounds depressing to many – what I find rewarding about my supporting work is the humbling experience of meeting a person for the first time when they present knocked off their centre, distressed, fragmented, forlorn or not able to see the light at the end of the tunnel or find a way through their difficulties. In the privileged position of supporting and sharing in their unique journey as they travel to the end of the tunnel, embrace the light, grow and develop self beyond what they ever imagined they could become. Find the peace, balance with independence, living a happy and fulfilling life, one they have consciously chosen for themselves, with a stronger sense of self. This is both a prilivage and reward.
These are vastly different and difficult times we are living through as we all come to terms with what is happening around us. The Pandemic may have hit you personally and as a family you may be suffering the death of a precious loved one and the suddenness of what happened has left you shell-shocked trying to cope with the aftermath of the effects of shock of loss and anxious about the future.
Our health whether it be emotional, mental, physical and/or spiritual or in all dimensions, can bring us face-to-face with many regrets and negativity we did not ask for and do not want to face. Even some of our own behaviours we don't understand or want and no longer serve us can leave us not knowing which way to turn . This is where counselling will help and support you.
Whilst we don't always have a choice what life chooses to hurl our way, we do have a choice in how we handle and cope with what life has thrown; even if we don't believe or know how to put that choice into action. This is where counselling will help and support you.
Seeking help and support at times of vulnerability, takes strength and courage, gaining support can help the transition from what we once thought we were to what we can become and work with, rather than against, to get the very best from and of ourselves, for our self and be the best we can become regardless of our individual situation, life can be happy and peaceful.
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.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Registered Member of British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapists Reg MBACP
- Accredited Bereavement Counsellor (Cruse)
- BACP certificate of proficiency
- First Aid qualified
- CPCAB Advanced Diploma In Therapeutic Counselling
AQA Certificate in Counselling Children & Adolescents
- AQA Sociology A Level
AQA Psychology GCSE
AQA Sociology GCSE
- NOCN Brief Interventions (BI)
Drug misuse awareness
- Advice & Guidance L3 - City & Guilds
Customer Service L3 - City & Guilds
- British Sign Language - BS -L1
- First Aid at Work L3
Training & CPD:
Proficient and experienced in the following:
- Online and Telephone Counselling (80 hours)
- The Open University and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy - Working on-Line Primer
- Mindfulness-Based CBT Diploma
- Couples & Family Therapy Diploma
- Cruse Bereavement Care
Certificate in Supervision
Certificate Bereavement Program (60 hours)
Certificate of Accreditation
Certificate of Telephone Counselling
- Victim Support Training program
Serious Crime Trained
Supporting victims of domestic violence
Supporting victims of sexual abuse
- Doncaster Alcohol Services (DAS)
Solution Focused Brief Therapy Skills
Brief Intervention (BI)
Stages of Change Model
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Body Process in Counselling
Child Sexual Abuse
Working with relational Trauma, dealing with disorganised attachment
Trauma & the Body - Somatisation and dissociation
- Healthcare NHS Trust
Time limited Counselling/Brief Therapy
The Inner Family
Healing the Inner Family
- Hospice CPD
Working with Suicide
Bereavement Master Class - Lois Tonkin 'Growing around Grief'
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 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 and committed to on-going life-long process of growth and development.
It is my belief ALL persons regardless of age, experience or capabilities can fulfil their fullest potential starting from where they are in the here and now.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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:
- 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 process in 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.
- Loss of identity/Self - low self-esteem, confidence or self-worth.
- Healing from abusive relationships including domestic violence and relationships which can be considered a Narcissist process and way of relating.
- Alleviating suffering from:
High Anxiety states - Nervous breakdown, Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) - Panic, Phobias, Social phobia's.
I have a particular interest and well read in Psychoanalytical psychology and the concepts of Carl Jung which emphasizes the importance of the individual psyche and the personal quest for wholeness.
I work successfully with parts of psyche and the patterns of behaviour which keep us stuck and are hard to change; for example anxiety, repeated patterns and complex stress disorders.
Inner Child healing, working with you to find your inner Child, connecting with and taking the inner journey to heal at deeper levels.
Working together in partnership to raise self-awareness, transforming that which is here and now and create and work towards your fullest potential becoming all you desire and wish to become to Self-actualize and the Individuation process Jung advocated.
Counselling is a powerful source of 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.
Counselling therapeutic hour:
Individual: £35 - Couples: £55
Supervision session 90 minutes:
Professionals £50 - Students/ Volunteers/Carers £35
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!
My portfolio is available to view at this session!
Concessions offered for
I work within the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) of which all members are bound by their code of ethics and which is accredited by Professional Standards Authority.
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.com