Sheila Mae Hamilton MBACP (Accred).
How counselling can help: We all go through periods in our lives when things are more difficult for us and sometimes, we can get a bit stuck in our ways of being and thinking.
Counselling is often described as ‘talking therapy’ and it may be helpful to talk to someone outside your circle of family and friends, in a confidential and safe space about whatever is troubling you and to find ways forward out of that ‘stuckness’.
Face to face, by phone and online: In addition to face to face sessions, I am trained in and have been working online since 2013 and offer counselling by email, messaging, phone and video.
My experience as a counsellor/psychotherapist over 15 years, includes working with both adults and children and young people in private practice, a medical centre, college and university and in schools, both primary and secondary with experience of working with clients aged from 6 years to 80+.
I work with Children and Young People [C&YP] from the age of 12 upwards and I accept referrals both from C&YP and from adults wishing to refer a child or young person to counselling. I need consent from a carer/parent to work with someone under the age of 16 in Scotland and 18 in England.
My way of working: is integrative using Personal Construct Psychology (PCP) as a metaphilosophy and integrating Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic and Gestalt perspectives. The heart of my practice is centred around the therapeutic relationship with my clients, based on acceptance, respect and empathy. I will listen to you attentively, without judging you to gain an understanding of your world from your point of view.
What to expect: We will look at what has brought you to counselling, your core beliefs and values, your emotions, thinking and behaviour, and your childhood experiences, so as to discover the meaning you make of yourself, others and relationships and to identify changes you would like to make in your life.
I am particularly interested in emotions and feelings which can be difficult for us including anxiety, depression, sadness, anger, rage, jealousy, envy, fear, shame and guilt and I believe that by increasing our self-awareness we can find acceptance, compassion and love for ourselves and others.
As Viktor Frankl says in ‘’Man’s Search for Meaning’’
‘’Emotion, which is suffering, ceases to be suffering as soon as we form a clear and precise picture of it’’.
Although it is so painful when we experience sorrow, distress, despair and despondency, I wonder if it is only through suffering that we can truly know joy, happiness, beauty, spirituality, purpose and fulfilment in our lives?
‘’I discovered a purpose in my suffering, a sense of meaning that helped me not only to come to peace with the past but also to emerge from my trials with something precious: a path to freedom’’. From ‘The Choice’ by Edith Eger
What I offer: I will work collaboratively with you to build on your strengths, resources and coping strategies, develop new skills, look for alternative perspectives and clarify decisions and changes which you would like to incorporate into your life.
Creative Interventions: In addition to talking, I offer creative interventions including art and sand tray work in sessions. I believe that each of us is naturally creative and if we can be sufficiently trusting to allow ourselves to be open to our creativity, then we may find new insights and deeper meaning.
It is challenging for each of us to embark on change and I would consider it a privilege if you would allow me to accompany you on your journey.
Training, qualifications & experience
- 2005 COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills
- 2008 Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling: Peter Bowes Consultancy: Queen Margaret University
- 2008 Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children & Young People: Quality Training
- 2013 Certificate in Online Counselling: OCST [Counselling Online Skills Course]
- 2015 Creative Journeying: Using Image & Art in Therapeutic Work
2020 Diploma in Online Counselling OCST [Counselling Online Skills Course]
- 2020 Certificate in Supervision Training: An Embedded Relational Integrative Approach: Edinburgh Gestalt Institute
- 2021 Coaching for Counsellors: Rowan Consultancy, Perth
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Children & Young People: £30
I offer evening appointments as well as during the day, so as to best suit your needs.