Susan K Hamilton MBACP - SKH Footprints Counselling and Pawprints A.A.T.
Is life getting you down? At times we can feel as if we are not being heard. Counselling provides a space for you to be really listened to. Talking to someone can help and make you feel less alone. I have experience in supporting people of all ages and backgrounds facing a wide range of issues. I offer a warm, friendly, professional, confidential counselling service in a safe and comfortable environment.
I have my own lovely counselling room in the peaceful village of Gilmourton 3 miles from Strathaven and I also hire rooms in Kilmarnock and East Kilbride. Prior to the first session I offer a free, confidential consultation which lasts approximately 20 minutes. This can be done face to face at Gilmourton or by telephone for East Kilbride and Kilmarnock. It is important that you find the right counsellor for you and 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.
Clients have the option of Animal Assisted Therapy which involves having my two therapy dogs in the session.
Footprints - Individual Counselling
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. This can leave us confused, angry, afraid, alone and hopeless. It can mean we feel isolated, anxious, depressed with a lack of confidence and self belief. 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 want to talk to someone about feelings and issues that are troubling them.
Pawprints - Counselling with Animal Assisted Therapy
I have two 'Therapy Dogs' called Kim and Bo Bo. Some of my clients like my two dogs to be with them in the room when they come to counselling. Clients tell me that being able to stroke and be with the dogs helps them feel more at ease. That the dogs help to relieve some of the tension and anxiety surrounding therapy. 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 suicide intervention training.
- Adults at Risk.
- Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling
- Understanding Autism - Level 2
- Respect Me - Bullying it's never Acceptable.
- Child Protection Training, Emotional Abuse and Neglect.
- Children and Young People’s Concerns.
- Domestic Abuse and links to Child Sexual Abuse..
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Online Counselling - Through counselling on line via videocall it is possible to access support that is very like a normal face to face session. We will still be able to see each other and your confidentiality will be maintained. Sessions would run as normal and you will know that I am there listening to you and responding in the moment exactly as if we were in the same room. You will need to ensure that you have time set aside for the session and that you won’t be overheard or disturbed so that your sessions can be as effective as if you and I were in the same room.
Sessions last 1 hour and the fee is £40 . Payment is made in advance to guarantee the session through BACS bank transfer.
Fees are £40 per session and sessions will last an hour. Frequency depends on the individual's needs. I offer discounted rates for students at my Gilmourton counselling room.
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.