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?
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.
I work with and from Heart compassionately creating connections & peace of mind in partnership with you at your pace - one step at a time
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.
I have a special interest and experienced supporting and working with people who suffer anxieties and who have experienced traumatic events in their lives.
Trauma is considered any experience which is deeply distressing, disturbing and shocking to our emotional, physical, psychological or spiritual well-being and can be through death of a loved one, accidents, assault, health diagnosis, domestic violence, sexual emotional or physical 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!
Over the years as a practitioner, I have gained width and breadth of experience working with several charities in and around Doncaster, proficient, skilled and experienced supporting others with a wide variety of human concerns and difficulties.
Private practice - 17 years counselling experience able to support people presenting a wide range of difficulties and concerns which impact upon here and now living.
We can suffer many losses throughout our life which impact upon our daily living greatly, for example, through death, divorce, retirement and redundancy, loss of a strong sense of self, lost identity, a sense of purpose, to loss of self-esteem, confidence, motivation or loss of relationship and/or others behaviours and what might have been.
Our health whether it be emotional, mental, physical and/or spiritual or in all dimensions, can bring us face-to-face with many losses, 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 hurled 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.
No life is perfect, living is complex and can be cruel at times, as individuals we all make unhealthy choices, we make mistakes, but we don't have to be our mistakes!
Life can be what you choose it to be, with effort we can choose healthier options to and cope with what life throws at us. This is where counselling will help and support you.
I also offer counselling supervision to colleagues engaged in counselling, professional and volunteer counsellors, professionals in none counselling roles and emotionally charged environments.
Employed as Child and Family Counsellor within a Hospice setting 3 days a week. Supporting families facing the toughest of times.
Supporting staff in supervision, professional and voluntary counsellors, staff De-brief, authoring, delivering and facilitating family bereavement support groups and CPD sessions. Utilising a variety of delivery methods, integrating several theories and schools of thought.
Whilst this work can be emotionally charged 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.
Cruse Bereavement Care Doncaster for 7 years - To date accumulating 16 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!
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.
Surestart family centre - which aimed to offer every child the best start in life, supporting families in their own homes with child behavioural issues, early year care, practical and emotional issues, improving well-being.
Counselling and supporting people impacted by alcohol misuse - users and family members impacted by someone else misuse within a local charity, gaining seven years’ experience supporting users, family and extended family members.
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.
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, 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. I believe we hold the right to be self-directing at our own pace; supporting through a genuine non-judgemental, compassionate way of Being.
By Appointment only. My private practice includes:
Counselling Support face-to-face for individuals from 18 years of age, couples and families.
I offer telephone support however, please be aware not all concerns are suitable for telephone counselling in my view. Please note if I feel after speaking with you that this type of counselling is not in your best interest I will suggest face-to-face support.
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.
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:
- 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- 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
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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!
- 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
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
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Entrance has one step so not suitable for wheelchair users or person's not able to stand or step up or down one step. Toilet facility available on ground floor suitable for mobility impaired users.
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
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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. .View supervision profile