Mindfulness – Susanne Gilmour

Susanne Gilmour     Quals: BA, Cert Teach, Grad Dip Social Science, Grad Dip Psych, Assoc MAPS.

Mindfulness: Mindfulness is a new/old evidence-based approach to help clients overcome mood disorders, trauma and stress. Countless individuals from the dawn of time have found relief from negative emotions by focusing on the senses to bring about deep enjoyment of the current moment. We can experience this anywhere, at any time … working “in the flow”, walking on the beach, fishing, trekking in beautiful landscapes, making love, cooking for pleasure, creating art and so much more where we fully focus on our senses and the moment.

Counselling Approach: Susanne Gilmour is an experienced psychologist, who enjoys teaching people how to go into this state at will, to “down-regulate” and calm the mind with focused breathing and attention to the experiences perceived in the moment through all five senses.

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Availability: Usually 1- 2 weeks.. Evening appointments available.

Fees:  Sliding scale, usually $180/hr. Initial appointments $220. Medicare and health rebates available.

Practice Location: Unit 1, 16 – 18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.

Appointments: Phone (07) 3067 9129, or book Susanne Gilmour online today.

Adjustment to Change – Susanne Gilmour

Susanne Gilmour     Quals: BA, Cert Teach, Grad Dip Social Science, Grad Dip Psych, Assoc MAPS.

Adjustment to Change: For most people, change involves some degree of stress. Some individuals can find life changes – such as marrying or entering into a live-in relationship with their partner; becoming a parent; moving house, city and/or country; separation, divorce or widowhood; moving to a new school; or starting a new job – so stressful, that an “adjustment disorder” may develop.

Counselling Approach: A psychologist with many years of experience, Susanne Gilmour has found that with support and counsel, her clients have found that the mood experienced (similar to depression and anxiety) is  usually short-lived, unless there is some trauma in the background. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is particularly effective in treating most adjustment disorders.

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Availability: Usually 1- 2 weeks. Evening appointments available.

Fees:  Sliding scale, usually $180/hr. Initial appointments $220. Medicare and health rebates available.

Practice Location: Unit 1, 16 – 18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.

Appointments: Phone (07) 3067 9129, or book Susanne Gilmour online today.

 

Seniors Counselling – Susanne Gilmour

Susanne Gilmour     Quals: BA, Cert Teach, Grad Dip Social Science, Grad Dip Psych, Assoc MAPS.

Seniors Counselling: Sadly, unlike in other less modernized cultures, western societies view ageing as a process of inevitable deterioration and usefulness, and the elderly a burden on taxpayers. Once upon a time, the older members of society were valued for their wisdom, and supported by their families and communities when ill health and disability set in and partners passed on.

Seniors in our society are often left alone to struggle with tough issues such as the loss of  their life partner, financial hardship, the departure of their children to lives far away, ill health, and in the search for a meaningful life after retirement and when children leave home. Is it any wonder that many of our seniors commonly develop depression!

Counselling Approach: Susanne Gilmour has found that one of the most enriching experiences for her as a counselor is working with older people, who have  deep wisdom and rich life experiences to draw upon. She counts it a privilege to work alongside older people to help them find new meaning and satisfaction in life, as they reflect with pride on their achievements in the past.

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Availability: Usually 1- 2 weeks.. Evening appointments available.

Fees:  Sliding scale, usually $180/hr. Initial appointments $220. Medicare and health rebates available.

Practice Location: Unit 1, 16 – 18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.

Appointments: Phone (07) 3067 9129, or book Susanne Gilmour online today.

Trauma Counselling – Susanne Gilmour

Susanne Gilmour     Quals: BA, Cert Teach, Grad Dip Social Science, Grad Dip Psych, MAPS.

Trauma Counselling: Trauma is often defined as complex, repeated incidents of abuse and horrific events in childhood, in relationships, or in war zones.  PTSD is the traumatic response, either to a single or several discrete yet shocking events. This response may overwhelm an individual’s ability to cope with fear, horror and pain in an effort to avoid any reminders or memories of the event/s. In doing so, individuals can often suffer from  some or all of the following symptoms: nightmares; flashbacks; hypervigilance; angry outbursts; substance abuse; anxiety; depression; dissociative symptoms.

Counselling Approach: The initial session of trauma counselling involves getting to know a client’s history and establishing a comfortable environment where she/he feels a sense of safety.  For badly traumatized clients this may take several sessions.  Susanne can then move on to some psychoeducation about trauma and simple explanations of the effects on the mind, how the brain can change through therapy to reduce and even eventually eliminate the disturbing symptoms. Susanne takes great care to understand the personality and interests of all her clients, weighing these against the intensity of trauma symptoms, in order to design the therapy plan best suited to the client.  Initially, self-calming strategies based on a neurological understanding of the stress response are taught.

Susanne considers listening to the client to be of paramount importance, as well as the continuous incorporation of physiological techniques to down-regulate the stress response and increase cognitive functioning.  This work may include Trauma Focused CBT, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Schema Therapy, Emotion Freedom Techniques (incorporating eye movement and acupressure points). Susanne works to adapt the therapeutic techniques to suit each individual, depending on the client’s  values,  lifestyle and preferred mode of learning. Susanne always encourages her clients to deepen their understanding with recommended readings or electronic resources according to their preference.

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Availability: Usually 1- 2 weeks.. Evening appointments available.

Fees:  Sliding scale, usually $180/hr. Initial appointments $220. Medicare and health rebates available.

Practice Location: Unit 1, 16 – 18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.

Appointments: Phone (07) 3067 9129, or book Susanne Gilmour online today.

 

Self Harm – Susanne Gilmour

Susanne Gilmour     Quals: BA, Cert Teach, Grad Dip Social Science, Grad Dip Psych, Assoc MAPS.

Self Harm: The apparent increase in self-harming behaviours in the young, who are not otherwise suffering from trauma or developing a serious mental illness, is of great concern to parents and those who work with young people.

Our young people are tackling the challenges of puberty and transition to adulthood in an increasingly complex world and competitive, individualistic society. Emotions such as anger, fear, sadness, self-loathing and loss can be overwhelming for some young people, so self harming may relieve, in the short-term, the build-up of inexplicable and discomforting tension in the body and may become an addictive behaviour.

Counselling Approach: Susanne Gilmour is experienced in working with young people and their families. When self harm is the presenting issue, Susanne has found that improving communication, helping the young person to identify and safely express negative feelings by implementing more helpful strategies, can greatly reduce and relieve their emotional distress.

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Availability: Usually 1- 2 weeks. Evening appointments available.

Fees:  Sliding scale, usually $180/hr. Initial appointments $220. Medicare and health rebates available.

Practice Location: Unit 1, 16 – 18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.

Appointments: Phone (07) 3067 9129, or book Susanne Gilmour online today.

 

Cognitive Assessment – Susanne Gilmour

Susanne Gilmour     Quals: BA, Cert Teach, Grad Dip Social Science, Grad Dip Psych, MAPS.

Cognitive Assessment: A  cognitive assessment assists in explaining why a child may be struggling or underachieving at school.  It involves the administration  of an IQ test measuring potential academic ability . If  any strengths and weaknesses present they may indicate that one or more specific learning disabilities rather than an intellectual disability  may explain  the student’s difficulties.  Then  an assessment of achievement is required ,and possibly assessments of memory, executive functioning and/ or social communication skills.

Counselling Approach: Ms. Gilmour has been a teacher and school psychologist for 20 years, counselling, consulting on special needs  and  carrying out educational assessments in primary and secondary schools for 5-17 year olds.  She also provides cognitive assessments for 18 years and up. Meeting the child’s caregivers first is important to gather a comprehensive history of the child’s functioning in different settings and over time and ruling out trauma as a possible explanation of some of his/her difficulties.

Relaxing the person  at the start of assessment  is essential in getting best performance as is the requirement that assessment be carried out on a day when the child is kept home from school as the student is likely to be experiencing  ‘cognitive fatigue’ if she/he has attended school on the day testing occurs.  Initial assessments may indicate further testing of memory will be required.   Take home parent and teacher standardized surveys of executive functioning and social communication skills may also be necessary to arrive at an accurate diagnosis.

Ms. Gilmour writes reports that help parents to assist their child and learn which specialists (paediatrician, speech pathologist and or audiologist to assess auditory processing) will further advise and provide reports that may allow the school to access funding to support their child.  Teachers are given recommendations on educational strategies that help to maximize the student’s learning potential.

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Availability: Mondays only 12:00 -7:00 pm. Usually 1- 2 weeks; evening appointments available.

Fees:
IQ test only: $1150.00  (Includes 1 hour initial appointment with child and caregivers, 1-2 hour sessions of  testing, scoring and interpretation, report writing, 1 hour  feedback session with family).

Assessment of specific learning disabilities: $1600.00 Includes initial 1 hour appointment with child and caregivers, two 1-2 hour sessions of testing plus interpretation, report and 1 hour feedback session with family .  Can occur at the school with the child’s teachers as well if requested).

Practice Location: Unit 1, 16 – 18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.

Appointments: Phone (07) 3067 9129, or book Susanne Gilmour online today.

Parenting Skills – Susanne Gilmour

Susanne Gilmour     Quals: BA, Cert Teach, Grad Dip Social Science, Grad Dip Psych, MAPS.

Parenting Skills: These days, parents are inundated with information from books, television, family, well-meaning friends and relations which tend to confuse rather than enlighten. It is the parents of children with difficult temperaments who benefit the most from help to sort out what strategies work and what won’t. All children are different, and they don’t come with a manual, so drawing on a psychologist’s knowledge and experience of childhood issues can bring out the best in both parent and child. 

Counselling Approach: With a background working in educational institutions and training in developmental psychology as well as being a parent herself, Susanne Gilmour particularly enjoys helping parents develop their child-rearing abilities. Susanne is a psychologist with both the tools and the experience to help parents with children of all ages and stages.

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Availability: Usually 1- 2 weeks. Evening appointments available.

Fees:  Sliding scale, usually $180/hr. Initial appointments $220. Medicare and health rebates available.

Practice Location: Unit 1, 16 – 18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.

Appointments: Phone (07) 3067 9129, or book Susanne Gilmour online today.

 

Social Anxiety – Susanne Gilmour

Susanne Gilmour     Quals: BA, Cert Teach, Grad Dip Social Science, Grad Dip Psych, MAPS.

Social Anxiety: Shyness is a lovely trait…..shy people are great listeners, thinkers and observers and often possessors of great insight and wisdom.  Shyness is not a disorder, despite the predominance of extroverts in our ‘look at me!’ society.  Social anxiety, however can be severely distressing if it prevents sufferers from social activities they would otherwise enjoy, or need to do, such as  walking down a shopping mall, going to any sort of social gathering where people they are not very familiar with might be, going to school, taking classes at tertiary educational institutions and going to job interviews.  When such individuals do force themselves into these situations, it can be agonizing, believing everyone is judging them negatively and that any such judgments are an accurate assessment of their inadequacy as a person.  This sets off the threat response, the brain and body’s response to a dangerous situation and is intensely uncomfortable causing any number of sensations such as shakiness, nausea, faintness, speech paralysis, increased  heart rate.  The experience is so distressing it increases the motivation to avoid social situations of any kind.

Social anxiety is mostly a learned response to social interactions, although children with sensitive and very perceptive temperaments may be more vulnerable to developing this disorder.  Causes may be abusive parenting, or highly critical parents who may themselves suffer from anxiety and perfectionism.  Bullying at school, especially if based around a child’s physical appearance may be the starter for social phobias.  The constant blizzard of visual media images selling the message that photogenic bodies and faces are a prerequisite for happiness, success and social acceptability may foster severe social insecurities.  People whose schooling was made difficult when a specific learning disability was not diagnosed, may have lost self-confidence in their intellect and abilities as they felt ‘stupid’ in comparison to their peers .  An early  speech impairment that an otherwise very intelligent child might struggle with  may also give rise to self-perceptions of inadequacy in adolescence and adult life,  even when such individuals have long overcome their difficulties and  are successful in their personal and working lives.

Counselling Approach: With adults, I start with learning as much as I can from the client on the particular characteristics of their fears around social interactions and then work with the client to gain an understanding of how these fears may have developed.  I then show a simple visual demonstration and illustration of the neurology of the threat response and the physiological effects in an individual to explain why controlled breathing and relaxation techniques help reduce these effects that cause such discomfort when around other people.  Training then begins with learning these techniques.

The second phase involves teaching behavioural strategies on how to manage fear in social interactions beginning with small steps where self-calming strategies can be successfully employed, slowly increasing, in accordance with the client’s ability and comfort , levels of social interactions in a variety of situations.  Finally, I teach cognitive strategies to help the client notice, non-judgmentally, their unhelpful, self-critical thoughts, learning to consciously challenge them with more realistic thinking helping down-regulate the threat response when mixing with other people or managing feared public outings.  Success, for the client, is immensely liberating and offers the opportunity to experience many  fulfilling, enriching opportunities he or she may have avoided in the past.Susanne Gilmour (1)

Availability: Usually 1- 2 weeks.. Evening appointments available.

Fees:  Sliding scale, usually $180/hr. Initial appointments $220. Medicare and health rebates available.

Practice Location: Unit 1, 16 – 18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.

Appointments: Phone (07) 3067 9129, or book Susanne Gilmour online today.

Separation and Divorce – Susanne Gilmour

Susanne Gilmour     Quals: BA, Cert Teach, Grad Dip Social Science, Grad Dip Psych, Assoc MAPS.

Separation and Divorce: An easy or amicable divorce is a rare thing. There is usually grieving, often anger and almost always loads of stress while property, children, pets, and living arrangements are sorted out. When the Family Court is involved, stress levels and animosity can rise to stratospheric levels.

Counselling Approach: Counselling can help individuals manage their emotions as they find a way through the turmoil of separation and divorce, and is a good strategy to ensure the wellbeing of any children involved. Susanne Gilmour is an experienced, helpful, non-judgmental listener for individuals and families navigating their way through separation and divorce.

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Availability: Usually 1- 2 weeks. Evening appointments available.

Fees:  Sliding scale, usually $180/hr. Initial appointments $220. Medicare and health rebates available.

Practice Location: Unit 1, 16 – 18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.

Appointments: Phone (07) 3067 9129, or book Susanne Gilmour online today.