Dr Helen Ogg
Member Status: Accredited
Member No: HO00P01
'Calm seas do not make skilful sailors.' The therapeutic process can help you to navigate through painful experiences, and to steady yourself during a time of crisis. Therapy is about gaining better self-understanding in order to facilitate change. Feeling more at ease with your self is the prize.
I work short and long term with both individuals and couples.
The therapeutic relationship is at the heart of the counselling process. I am a warm and empathetic person who quickly establishes a rapport with others. I offer a safe place in which you can talk about yourself, and the things you find difficult in your life. It is an opportunity for you to talk openly and freely without being judged.
By training I am an integrative psychotherapist. My approach is flexible and adaptable, and recognises that people are complex and their lives complicated.
Couples counselling allows for exploration of relationship difficulties and space to make decisions about how to move forward into the future. Whether you wish to repair or maintain your relationship, couples counselling is an opportunity to explore different ways of communicating with and being with each other. It is my role to facilitate that exploration. If you have already decided to separate, relationship counselling can help you to move through a difficult life change.
Couples or relationship counselling is also suitable for other relationship dynamics (parent-child; siblings, for example) – indeed, wherever two individuals seek better understanding and resolution of painful issues.
It is in the nature of the counselling process that clients often disclose deeply personal details of their lives. To safeguard client confidentiality I do not add your name or other identifying details to my notes. In addition, I do not store sensitive client information on my computer.
- Qualifications & ExperienceAlways curious about how we think, feel and behave, I completed a psychology degree at the University of London in 1996. I went on to research children’s early language and cognitive development for which I was awarded a doctoral degree in 2002.
I have a Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology reflecting an interest in the link between mind and body. I have an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, and a Certificate in Mindfulness Practice.
I recently extended my relationship counselling skills by completing an Advanced Post Diploma Certificate in Couples Counselling. My approach to relationship counselling differs from more traditional approaches. If you have previously had couples counselling with Relate, for example, you will find the way I work to be quite different.
I have worked in a wide variety of environments, from secretarial roles in both the public and private sectors, to teaching psychology to post-graduate students. I have also run my own successful small business.
I consider that my 'university of life' experiences are an indispensable supplement to my professional counselling qualifications.
I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCS) and adhere to their Code of Ethics and Practice.
- What I can help with
- Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
- Addiction (e.g. Alcohol, Computer games, Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex, Smoking)
- Ageing and related issues
- Anger Management
- Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Bereavement / Loss
- Divorce & Separation
- Emotional issues
- Generally unhappy with your life
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD
- Pregnancy related issues
- Self-defeating behaviours
- Shyness / Social Phobia
- Suicidal feelings
- Languages Spoken