Helen Ogg, Ad. Dip. PC, MNCS(Acc).
2 Oakley Road
Corner Of Station Road
'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.
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.
Training, qualifications & experience
Always 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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
Regular sessions are of 60 minutes duration. Our first, exploratory session may last up to 90 minutes, and I do not charge extra for this extended session.
Fees for individual counselling between £35-45 per session according to the location and whether daytime or evening appointment.
Couples £55 per session.
Concessions available for low income and student counsellors. Please enquire.
To discuss an appointment, you can call me on 07940 755 406. If you prefer, text and I will return your call as soon as possible. Or email me via the link on this profile.
My psychotherapeutic practice is strongly informed by my background in developmental psychology. We often tell ourselves we are unable to change our self-defeating behaviours because ‘it’s my personality’ or ‘I can’t help it, I was born this way’. Of course there are elements of human behaviour that are genetically determined. However taking a developmental view aids an understanding of how unhealthy patterns of behaviour are learned. That understanding offers the hope that harmful patterns of behaviour can be unlearned and replaced with new, healthier patterns – in other words, psychotherapy can facilitate change.
I don’t know that there is any aspect of human behaviour that isn’t of interest to me. The strength of an integrative approach is that I am able to adapt therapy to meet the unique concerns of each of my clients.
I have experience of working with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and a range of issues including:
Alcohol/drug dependency; Aspergers/Autism; Anxiety; Panic attacks; Relationship issues; Couples counselling; Bereavement; Bullying; Depression; Anger; OCD, Stress; Low self-esteem; Life transitions; Parenting issues; Mid-life changes; Menopause; Abuse; Adult children of alcoholic/abusive parents; migrants transitioning to life in the UK.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Friday 8.45a.m. - 4pm. Evening appointments available. Some weekend appointments.
Types of client