Susan Quigley MBACP, Counselling & Psychotherapy
First Step Counselling Ltd.,
Cranham Community Association Room 11
115a Marlborough Gardens
Sometimes in life we can experience many mixed feelings which can often leave us feeling alone or lost. These feelings you maybe experiencing often relate to Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Low Self Esteem, Relationship Difficulties i.e. a breakdown in a relationship separation/divorce, Bereavement, stress, Trauma, Family issues, difficulties with our children, behavioural issues, Adoption, addictions whether these maybe drug/alcohol or gambling, issues with Anger, the list is never ending as everyone's experience is individual to them. At these often difficult times in our lives counselling can prove beneficial with the comfort of knowing confidentiality is very important and often helps us to feel safer when sharing things which often are very painful and difficult to share elsewhere.
I have many years of experience with adults, individual or as a couple, adolescents and children, and am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy abiding to their ethics at all times part of which being regular supervision enabling myself to gain greater guidance on how best to work in your best interests.
I work using CBT enabling you to change negative thoughts into a more positive way of thinking/behaving and is mainly for short term counselling which is proven beneficial for mild-moderate depression and anxiety, panic attacks and OCD, Mindfulness, helping you live your life in a more fuller complete way of being in the present moment. Or longer term psychotherapy where maybe your past experiences are having an impact on the way you are living your life now in the present, we can't change our past however we can choose to change how we live our lives and the choices we choose to make in the present.
I studied at South Essex College, Basildon where I gained my Diploma completing my placement and bereavement training at St. Francis Hospice, Havering-atte-bower where through volunteering I gained experience of working with the family members who had suffered a loss through cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. I then continued with St. Francis for a further two years after qualifying gaining further experience in bereavement with individuals and families.
My further voluntary work was with Open Door, Grays where I worked with adolescents on a one-one basis who presented low self esteem, self harm, eating disorders, poor attendance school/college, relationship breakdowns, drug/alcohol problems, peer pressure and bullying.
Bereavement is where I began my career as a counsellor however my clients come with many different issues and in doing this I have since gained greater experience in many different areas i.e. relationship difficulties, either as a couple or as a family, adoption, family issues, anxiety, trauma, mild-moderate depression, low self esteem, OCD, panic attacks, eating disorders, bullying, abuse, grief/loss, behavioural/anger issues, addictions, alcohol/drugs, marital issues, gender issues, stress work related/personal and anything else that life often presents.
A lot of my work is family based where I work as an adoption counsellor for Barnardos working in the field of Attachment/Life Work working with parents/children who have or are experiencing often great trauma in their lives, prior to adoption and can at times struggle with their own identity.
I also offer Relationship Counselling where there maybe issues relating to communication problems/or a betrayal my role in this situation is to facilitate an environment where together you can work through what maybe having an impact on the relationship you maybe once had and would like to re-establish again.
My continuing professional development is ongoing and this is where I attend various different workshops/programmes i.e. Barnardos, where I qualified as an Adoption Counsellor by completing their Adoption Training, Attached Focused Counselling, Life Story Work, Introduction to Working with Couples Workshop, Introduction to Mindfulness Therapy Workshop, and Trauma/Recovery Programme for PTSD and Disassociative Disorder.
I can offer you short time limited counselling or long term psychotherapy in a friendly safe environment where you can feel comfortable to share with me as much or as little as you would like, with the safety of knowing you will not be judged in any way and are able to be just you, which often can be very difficult, in the outside world, as sometimes we all may need a helping hand along the way to re-discover who we are and what our own individual needs/goals are, so if you feel in need of support for whatever reason this maybe, why not give me a call on 0758 1634063 to discuss what maybe troubling you or e-mail: email@example.com and begin taking the first step in gaining back the control you may have lost in your life you may just find this could make the difference you have been searching for.
Training, qualifications & experience
Life Story Work (Coram Workshop)
What is Play Therapy (Barnardos) Workshop
Trauma, Dissociation Disorder & Recovery (PODS Training)
Working with Shame and Compulsively (The Centre for Psychosexual Health)
Mindfulness for Healthy Living Workshop (April 2015)
Attachment Focused Counselling Training (October 2014)
Approved Counsellor with Barnardo's Adoption Agency (June 2014)
Enhanced DBS Barnardo's (previously CRB) April 2017
- Introduction to Couple Work (Working therapeutically with couples, March 2014)
Certificate of Attendance Management of ADHD & Associated problems in children (March 2014)
Certificate of Registration (BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists) April 2014
Children Family and Play Therapy Training (3 day course) September 2013
BACP Workshop Setting up a Private Counselling Practise (September 2011)
Child Protection Level 1
Enhanced CRB (24/04/17)
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB August 2010)
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB September 2008)
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB June 2007)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Hypnotherapy relating with sleep problems, phobias, etc.
Fees are 75.00 per 90 minute session.
I also offer supervision for NHS regd. Nurses which maybe a requirement within their specific job role.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Group therapy
- Human Givens psychotherapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
- Jungian therapy
- Person-centred therapy
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Fees: Consultation Fees are £50.00 for 60 minutes and thereafter £40.00 for 50 minutes for Individuals, Couples fees are 60.00 for 60 minutes and Student rates are offered at a cost of £35.00 per 50 minute session where 6 sessions are allocated and payment made in full at time of booking. Concessions are available upon request based on a sliding scale.
Fees are payable in full unless prior 48 hours is given in the event of cancellation.
Mainly the issues my clients bring to counselling relate with Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Low Self Esteem, Trauma, Bereavement issues including unresolved grief, Anger problems, Panic Attacks, Alcohol and Drug issues, Domestic Violence, Abuse, Stress, Relationship Difficulties, Affairs/Betrayal, Separation/Divorce Financial difficulties, Loss of employment, Retirement, loss of a pet, loss of identity, infertility problems, mild-moderate depression, eating disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, self harm, troubled adolescents, bullying, attachment issues, adoption and whatever else life may throw your way, you don't have to face alone.
I havent got the magic wand you may hope for however what I do have is a warm safe environment where you can be you. Whether this is due to feeling lost and alone or just want a helping hand to find your way, counselling will help you to explore the difficult times in your life, by helping you to have a clearer understanding and building your confidence enabling you to enhance positive change for a more fulfilling happier life, as our feelings are what enable us to have fuller more fulfilling relationships and a happier way of being within our self. I feel my counselling sessions will enable you to connect your thoughts and feelings, and together work through any negative experiences which can often drain and affect our emotional well-being. Emotions can be very powerful, and can often leave us feeling out of control. Together with not feeling positive, and well, can often leave us feeling stuck and unable to move forward which can be a very lonely place for us to be.
Counselling as in life can be a journey and at times can be painful however through experiencing this process can help you begin to feel more complete and in more control of enjoying a happier fuller life.
As a counsellor throughout our therapeutic relationship together I will show you empathic understanding, unconditional positive regard, ongoing support and begin a journey with you whether this be short or long term I will be with you every step of the way.
"Therapy isn't always easy however can improve your emotional well-being at a time where maybe nothing else can".
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday 9am-9pm Tuesday 9am - 1pm Wednesday 5-8.30pm Thursday 9.15am-1pm Friday 4pm-9pm. Saturday appts available upon request. I also offer home visits at an additional charge.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|