How to Heal from Trauma: Janie Stubblefield

Healing Through Play Therapy

Ep. 75 - Janie Stubblefield - How are children affected through divorce or an abusive situation? Who can they talk with? Janie has a passion for helping parents and children get through hard transitions and build bridges through changes. She also has a passion to support others to help them overcome loneliness which is especially important in COVID times. Children's natural language is play. That's why therapist Janie Stubblefield used a technique in her practice called play therapy, which helps her foster deep connections with kids who need healing from trauma, bullying, anxiety, and other mental health challenges. She takes an outside-the-box approach to making therapy more accessible with a mobile practice that goes where her clients are instead of making them come into an office. This removes many of the anxieties and barriers to entry that can hinder people from entering therapy. Working with children and helping others is a dream, she says, and Janie wants to see more people embrace the healing and clarity that therapy provides.

Key Takeaways:

    • How to walk your grief journey by finding fun activities to live your life to the fullest
    • How to explore more avenues to find your career path if you don't feel right about what you initially wanted to pursue
    • The importance of women business owners advocating for other women business owners
    • Embrace the practice of journaling to document so you have something to look back and appreciate your journey
    • How to build your support network and mental health resources to help you during a crisis

"I think everybody needs to have a counselor, because it's not a question of if you ever have a crisis but when." -Janie Stubblefield

In this episode you'll discover:

Janie explains the advantages of mobile counseling in reaching more of the patients' needs [2:51]
How she helps 10 years and under children of divorcing parents make the transition [4:13]
The other issues that children who need play therapy can possibly be dealing with [5:25]
The difference between regular therapy and play therapy [6:16]
Janie explains how her childhood dream of working with kids came to be [8:45]
The time Janie spent working in a nonprofit and how the 2008 crisis led her to start her business [10:08]
How she's mastered the skill of switching on and off between counseling and her life [12:55]
She explains why she went into counseling even though she was first interested in mission work [16:33]
Janie describes her business's success story as her association with NAWBO [20:18]
How she has contributed in advocating for women business owners through NAWBO [22:32]
Why you should take on journaling to help look back and see your achievements [23:33
How her work excites her and is her greatest motivation [24:15]
The importance of having a mental health support network and resources for you and your child [25:25]
How to protect a child by reporting any suspicion that a child might be in harm [27:02]
Janie advises on the value of reaching out to others to build up your community [29:09]
The mental issues disturbing our society today and what we can do to eliminate loneliness [30:25]


Janie is a Licensed Professional Counselor - Supervisor in Texas, a Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor, and trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She has professionally served individuals, families, youth, and children for two decades through private practice counseling and local community service programs. She is also an experienced trainer and administrator skilled at using cooperative learning techniques to maximize knowledge acquisition. Along with her counseling practice and supervisory responsibilities, Janie has served as an adjunct professor at Richland College where she has taught ESOL for more than 15 years.

Janie founded MOBILE COUNSELING, PLLC in 2011 as a supportive therapeutic counseling practice where clients are able to explore their own emotional needs and overcome barriers that limit their full potential by meeting them where they are most comfortable - in our office, at their home, or online.


Janie presently serves on the Board of Professional Counselors for the State of Texas, the Presidents Assembly Steering Committee for the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), and the Adolescent Symposium of Texas.


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