Susan Quigley, MBACP Counselling & Psychotherapy

Susan Quigley, MBACP Counselling & Psychotherapy

Cranham Community Centre
115a Marlborough Gardens
RM14 1SR

07581 634063

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About me

  • Sometimes in life we can experience feelings which  leave us feeling anxious/scared and in some circumstances we can feel a loss of control in our daily life which in turn has an impact on how we live our lives and can leave us feeling alone and lost. These feelings you maybe experiencing often relate to Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety, Health 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 and not feeling judged 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 and ongoing training.
    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,  anxiety, panic attacks and OCD, Mindfulness, helping you live your life in a more fuller complete way by being in the present moment, instead of the past or future.  Or longer term psychotherapy  maybe more beneficial 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 who had suffered a loss.

    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 at St. Francis Hospice, however my clients come with many different issues and in doing so I have since and continuously have 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, often when we may least expect it.
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 Programme in the form of Attachment  Focused Counselling, Life Story Work, and Re-Connect. 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 or if you prefer email: to discuss what maybe is on your mind 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

  • Brain Based Attachment Interventions to Transform Troubled Lives April 2019 (Dan Hughes)
  • Life Story Work (Coram Workshop)
    What is Play Therapy (Barnardos) Workshop
    Trauma, Dissociation Disorder & Recovery (PODS Training)
    Working with Shame and Compulsivity  (The Centre for Psychosexual Health)
  • Inner Child Workshop/Transactional Analysis
    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
Safeguarding Training
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)

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Areas of counselling I deal with

        Other areas of counselling I deal with

        Hypnotherapy relating with sleep problems, phobias, etc.
        Fees are 75.00 per 90 minute session.
        As a link - Barnardo's Adoption Counsellor I specialise in Attachment/Trauma Therapy working with families and children who have/are experiencing difficulties with their relationships with others.

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        • Susan Quigley


        Fees: Fees are £50.00 for 60 minutes for Individuals, Couples fees are 70.00 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 24  hours is given in the event of cancellation.

        Further information

        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.

        Relationship difficulties come in many different forms, and often this is where counselling can help i. e. if there is a communication breakdown or family conflict which cannot be resolved elsewhere often having a safe space away from the home environment can help to resolve the issues which may be having an impact on your relationship.

        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, enabling you to have a clearer understanding of where you may want 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 help gain back 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

        Upminster, RM14 1SR

        Type of session

        Online counselling: No
        Telephone counselling: Yes
        Face to face counselling: Yes
        Home visits: No

        Practical details

        Sign language: Unspecified
        Other languages: None


        Accessibility information
        Wheelchair access: Yes


        Monday 9am-9pm Tuesday 9am - 2pm Wednesday 9am-8.30pm Friday 10am - 8.30pm Saturday appts available upon request. I also offer home visits at an additional charge.

        Types of client

        Young people
        Older adults
        Employee Assistance Programme