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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Intuitive Counselor?

I have been working professionally as an Intuitive Counselor for over twelve years. As an Intuitive Counselor I use my finely-honed intuitive abilities to read my clients' energetic field and counsel and guide you based upon what I find there. Your energetic field is the sum of the patterns that your core beliefs about yourself create in the cosmos, where they leave a vibrational imprint, and it is this imprint that I read. It contains information about the intersections among such matters as your relationships, your health, your perceptions about yourself, and your past and current struggles.


It is my gift and my expertise to be able to read the negative and unprocessed thoughts and emotions that you have about yourself, which derive from the painful or confounding experiences of your childhood. It is these unprocessed thoughts and emotions that I call the limiting beliefs of your core story. What I do is to assist you in seeing, understanding, processing, and releasing them so that you can become the most healthy, joyful, and loving version of yourself.

What will my first Intuitive Counseling & Spiritual Coaching session be like?

At our first session, we will start by engaging in a brief centering practice together. Next, I'll invite you to rest, breathe, meditate, or pray while I enter your energetic field to see what it discloses about key aspects of your life. To do this, I ask absolutely no questions about your past or present circumstances. Instead, I spend 5-7 minutes examining your energetic field for blockages that were created as a result of your difficult or confounding experiences. The imprints of these energetic blockages reveal beliefs about yourself that your subconscious mind formed in childhood. 

In order to locate these blockages in your energy field, I have created a template in my mind’s eye onto which I then “stitch” your energetic imprints, much like a seamstress stitches a dress onto a dress-frame. Having intuitively discerned the various elements that I’ll have found within your template, I will interpret their meanings. It is on the basis of this interpretation that I will clearly identify the nature of your specific and unique core story.


After identifying your core story, I’ll help you parse how it was formed, thereby helping you understand how it took root in your subconscious mind in the first place. Then I’ll pinpoint a specific triggering word associated with your core story so that you’ll begin to familiarize yourself with the underlying reasons why certain people and situations push your buttons. I will then share with you how the false beliefs about yourself that make up your specific core story still undermine your happiness and hurt your health, your relationships, and your work in the world.


During our time together I’ll offer you techniques and resources that will enable you to gain mastery over your core story so that it no longer has a hold over you. Towards the end of the session, I’ll invite you to seek further clarification about anything that may have come up for you during our time together.  

How is my core story formed?

Einstein said that all matter is energy, and matter includes your body. Tissues are made of cells, cells are made of molecules, molecules are made of atoms, and atoms are made of sub-atomic particles, which are pure energy, and which manifest themselves as vibrations or as waves. Until the age of six, your brainwaves operate predominantly as theta waves. Theta waves are the brain waves that we go into under hypnosis. In theta, our subconscious mind is open and receptive. This is the main reason why we say that children are sponges and why we take to heart much of what we experience at a young age.
It is at this time that we subconsciously form core stories out of our experiences. For example, if your father was an alcoholic and your childhood was dominated by emotional disconnection and chaos 

there’s a good chance that you developed a core story that not only contains painful memories about your dad but about yourself, too. Because you desperately wanted your father's love you might have wondered why you weren't “smart enough” to figure out how to get him to stop drinking. 

This sort of limiting belief would have then became lodged in your subconscious and negatively impacted you throughout your life. My role consists in helping you identify your core story, as well as the negative ways in which it affects your present-day circumstances, thereby keeping you stuck in a smaller version of yourself. With this knowledge in hand, I’ll help you  understand how your story was formed. I’ll also help you process and release it so that you can write a more life-affirming narrative for yourself.

What techniques and practices might you offer to release my self-limiting beliefs?

Depending on your specific needs, throughout subsequent sessions I’ll offer you resources and teach you techniques and practices to help you understand, process, and release your core story from your subconscious mind. Among others, these include my guided meditations, breathing practices, easy yoga postures, or a psychological acupressure technique known as Tapping. Additionally, I am a PSYCH-K facilitator and might help you release your negative subconscious beliefs using one or more of PSYCH-K's techniques. 

I am afraid about what might come up in an Intuitive Counseling session. How do I get past this and meet with you?

I myself have had my own share of struggles with fear and shame and will hold you in compassion, not judgment.

Are you a certified counselor? (see education & training)

I am a certified Integrative Life Coach with The Ford Institute (thefordinstitute.comspecializing in Jungian shadow work, which in my practice, I combine with energy reading and with energy therapy techniques derived from various sources. Please see my “Education & Training” section to see my other qualifications.


How frequently should I meet with you for an Intuitive Counseling session?

It varies. If you are in a life transition, are experiencing a health challenge, or are feeling stuck, intuitive counseling is helpful every two weeks. Otherwise, long-term change can be greatly facilitated by coming monthly. In any case, we can work out a schedule that best fits your needs and circumstances.

What can I expect from our work together?

You will see many aspects of your life in a new light. You will feel empowered to make positive changes in all areas of your life so that you can live more authentically. Many clients report feeling lighter, freer, happier, and more loving as a result of our work together. 


Are there measurable results from our work together? (see testimonials)

As my own personal experience and that of my clients attests, if you walk this journey with my help you will come to know yourself in a way that you did not before. You will gain clarity on why you think and act in certain ways. You will become more motivated and equipped to let go of core beliefs about yourself that are preventing from living as joyfully and lovingly as you truly want.


May I record our Intuitive Counseling sessions to listen to later?

I encourage you to record our sessions by phone as I always offer a lot of information during our time together and my clients always find it invaluable to review what our sessions have revealed at home. "Easy Voice Recorder" or "Smart Recorder" are great apps that allow you to record for the duration of the session. Please have your phone ready to record. (Please note, the "Voice Memo" app on iPhones usually will not record for long enough so it is best to download another one.) Additionally, if we're meeting online via Zoom I can record a video or an audio of our session. Just let me know your preference before we begin. 

Do you take debit or credit cards?

Payments can be made via Venmo (@Susan-Duesbery), Cash App ($SusanDuesbery), or Zelle ( / (616) 204-9756). I also accept payments via PayPal ( But there will be a $5 fee to use PayPal. Payment is due at the time of service. There will be a $30 fee for late payments. In special circumstances I can accept a payment by check. Please reach out to me before we meet if you want to pay by this means. If you are scheduling an Initial Intuitive Counseling session through my website you will be directed to pay by card online. 

Do you have a cancellation or no-show policy?

Yes. Please let me know at least 24 hours in advance if you are unable to make a session. Except in cases of family or medical emergency, if you fail to contact me and do not show up for an appointment you will be charged the full amount. With exception for family or medical emergency, if you cancel the day of your scheduled session you will be charged a $75 cancellation fee. Thank you for understanding.



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