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.