Susan K Hamilton MBACP
My name is Susan Hamilton and I am a Person Centred Counsellor. I have worked in both the voluntary and private sectors gaining valuable experience with people of all ages and backgrounds facing a wide range of issues. These include GP referrals, self referrals and employer referrals. I have a lovely counselling room at my home in the peaceful village of Gilmourton 3 miles from Strathaven. I also offer counselling in Kilmarnock and East Kilbride.
Life's footprints leave impressions on the person we are. Sometimes it feels as if there is no one we can turn to when we experience difficulties in our life. I will offer you a safe, confidential, non-judgmental space in which you can explore life's challenges.
My clients come from all walks of life but they all have one thing in common. They have all decided they wish to talk to someone about issues that are troubling them.
I am a member of Therapet and I visit patients in hospital with my dogs. I've also participated in the Therapet's 'Paws for Stress' project for students to help them cope with exam stress. My work with Therapet has highlighted to me the therapeutic benefits of having my dogs as co-therapists.
Some clients like my two dogs to be present when they come to counselling. It makes them feel more at ease. The option to have the dogs in the room would be discussed prior to our first session.
Walk and Talk -
Weather permitting at Gilmourton I offer the option of Walk and Talk Therapy. Some clients find talking outside more relaxing and less stressful. They find the combination of gentle exercise and walking side by side with their therapist in the countryside helps them to move forward both physically and mentally.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work in accordance with their ethical framework.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post graduate diploma in counselling - University of Strathclyde.
- ASIST training.
- Child Protection Training, Emotional Abuse and Neglect.
- Children and Young People’s Concerns.
- Domestic Abuse and links to Child Sexual Abuse.
- Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Animal Assisted Therapy - AAT. I offer the choice of having my therapy dogs in the counselling room during the session. This is available at East Kilbride and Gilmourton.
Pet Bereavement Counselling - Being an animal lover and having suffered the death of beloved pets I know how much a pet can mean to someone. Their death can be a huge loss and have a tremendous impact on our lives. Not everyone understands the depth of this loss and the underlying issues that it can reveal.
Walk and Talk - Combine counselling sessions with gentle exercise out in the fresh air of the countyside
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Fees are £40 per session and sessions will last 50mins to an hour. Frequency depends on the individual's needs.
Prior to the first session I offer a free, confidential consultation which lasts approximately 15 - 20 minutes. This can be done face to face at Gilmourton or by telephone for East Kilbride and Kilmarnock. This gives us the opportunity to talk to each other with no obligation, discuss what you're looking to gain from counselling and what I offer. You can then decide whether you wish to proceed with a counselling session.
Understanding the PAST
Experiencing the PRESENT
to Realise the FUTURE
Counselling can help you:-
- Feel supported during a difficult time in your life.
- Express and explore your thoughts and feelings.
- Gain insight and understanding.
- Reduce / eliminate troubling symptoms and learn how cope more effectively.
- Feel calmer and more peaceful.
- Learn how to create and enjoy more satisfying, healthier relationships.
- Become more accepting of yourself and others.
- Enhance your self-esteem.
Why a Counsellor?
- It can be difficult to talk to people you are close to about issues which you may feel embarrassed, ashamed or guilty about and which you may wish to keep private.
- It can be difficult for people who are close to you to be detached and impartial.
- A counsellor will offer a safe, non judgemental space in which you can explore your issues.
- Confidentiality is a very important aspect of the counselling relationship.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client