Gifty Ogene Counsellor and Psychotherapist PG,Bsc (Hons) Dip & MBACP
343 Dagnam Park Drive
109 George Lane
My name is Gifty, I am a fully qualified experienced counsellor. I have worked with several charities in the past 10 year as a volunteer counsellor. I have worked with different ethnic backgrounds. I trained as an integrative counsellor and I am a registered member with the BACP. I have clinical supervision to ensure good practice is maintained.
The support I give, will give you the opportunity to discuss and explore your problems in complete confidence with an experienced, empathetic professional.
I provide short-term solution focus counselling and also long-term counselling, if required to assist clients to identify the problem and develop a practical plan of action for resolving the issues.
Coming for counselling can often feel a bit daunting and it may be difficult to know what to expect. There is a common misunderstanding that counselling is about giving advice and you may expect your counsellor to give you some very clear direction. Whilst I may be able to provide you with useful information and offer you some suggestions, counselling is a joint process, whereby we work together to better understand your difficulties and support you in finding a way forward that seems right for you.
I recognise that there may be a range of issues or associated psychological difficulties, such as depression or anxiety that arise from day to day pressures and relationship. You may lack confidence, find it difficult to assert yourself, or be unsure of what you really want from life. Together we can look at how the issues are affecting your life and look for a healthier way of addressing it.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post graduate in counselling and psychotherapy. Integrative training
- BA (Hons) business studies degree
- Level three certificate counselling studies
- Level two certificate counselling skills
- Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
- Certificate in Equality and Diversity
- Certificate in data protection
- Certificate in anger management
- De Stress, Relaxation, Anger & Change Management
- First aider
Saint Francis Hospice (Bereavement Counselling)
KCA (Drugs and Alcohol)
Amail Project ( Domestic Violence)
Opportunity pregnancy Crisis Centre ( Abortion Counselling, miscarriages and Post abortion Counselling)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am currently working as a Bereavement Support Volunteer Counsellor at St Francis hospice; I have been with them since November 2010. I offer support to bereaved relatives, carers or friends of those who have died in the care of the hospice who are finding it difficult to cope with their grief.My role in the Service is to guide and support distressed people through their grief which is in line with the National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidance on cancer services.
I work with clients addressing issues relating to loss, shock, disorganization, reorganization and recovery. I work with clients to achieve their personal goals and have provided support based on clients needs. I am working up to level three and have personal experience in working with family members who have experienced serious emotional and relational complexity and pain associated with palliative care.
I have a personal experience in working with family a member who experienced serious emotional and relational complexities and pain associated with palliative care. I gained a personal experience of understanding the impact of dealing with a life threatening illness, the treatments that is given, and the anxieties that comes with the treatments. Also working with clients that have lost love ones, I have gain more knowledge of the treatment their loved ones went through, through them caring for them.
I am able to treat clients with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach. In regards to the legal and procedural frameworks related to working with individuals and families in a specialist palliative care setting I have always taken the person centred approach when working with clients. I focus on respecting and valuing each client as a unique person with rights. I engage with them to uphold their dignity, sense of worth and independence
I have also worked with women who were dealing with the effect of domestic violence, working with each client uniquely, appreciating their cultures and beliefs and remaining non-judgemental. I have worked as a counsellor at Childline, offering telephone and online counselling, addressing different situations in a young person’s life.
I have had the opportunity to work with people from different ethnic backgrounds both in the counselling role and working within the community. As a counsellor I am very flexible in adapting my practice to fit into my client needs. I think one of the benefits of undergoing an integrative training is that the course offers a wide range of theories and practices that has been beneficial in my work as a counsellor. I have three approaches I use in working with clients, my practical approach is centred in psychodynamic, cognitive behaviour theory and person-centred whilst emphasising unconditional positive regard.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
Counselling Sessions fees are charged as follows:
Individual Counselling : From £45 per 50 mins. session
Couple Counselling : From £65 per 1:30mins. session
Counselling Student: £35 per 50mins. session
Skype / Face Time (Online ) Counselling: £30 per 50 mins. session
Telephone Counselling: £35 per 50 mins. session
Fees are paid on or before the counselling session.
**Block booking of sessions is also available and discounts are offered when you pay for six sessions at once (Block booking).
I offer discretionary concessionary rates based on individual circumstances. Please feel free to speak to me about this.
I would require please, 24 hours notice when cancellation is necessary, if 24 hours notice has not been given 50% of your fee will be charged. (Due to room booking).
Before appointments are booked, an initial assessment will be carried out by telephone at a time that is best for both of us.
Professional Body & Code of Ethics
I am a member of BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) and abide by their code of conduct and ethics.
I am based at South Woodford, 109 George Lane. Free parking spaces are available at Sainsbury (Top of George Lane. Max 2 hours. If you are travelling on public transport get on the Central Line and it is about a minute walk from South Woodford station. I also have rooms in Harold Hill and Grays (RM17 5YF) Free Parking.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Day Session 10am - 4pm Saturdays 2pm -5pm Evening Sessions : 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|