Helen Ogg, Ad. Dip. PC, MNCS(Acc). BSc (Hons). PhD.
Park Counselling Centre
31 Park Road
07940 755406 / 01788 816710
'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, and becoming better equipped to face life's challenges, is the goal.
The relationship between therapist and client is an important part of this process, and of the process of healing, self-discovery and growth. Therapy involves a confidential partnership where you can explore emotions and experiences that are causing you difficulty. It is a safe place in which you are able to talk openly and freely without being judged.
I am an established and experienced therapist. I work short and long term with individuals and couples.
I am trained in an integrative approach to psychotherapy. This means 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. It is an opportunity to explore different ways of communicating with and being with each other.
Couples or relationship counselling is also suitable for other relationships (parent-child; siblings, for example) – indeed, wherever two individuals seek better understanding and resolution of painful issues.
I have experience of working with couples where high-functioning Asperger Syndrome has been diagnosed, or may be a factor.
I have experience of working successfully with referrals from EAP/Organisations. Enquiries welcome. Current DBS Certificate.
Agreement to conduct sessions via Skype is subject to at least one face to face meeting to establish whether this would be a suitable approach.
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 earned a 1st Class 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.
Other qualifications include:
Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.
Advanced Post Diploma Certificate in Couples Counselling. My approach to relationship counselling differs from more traditional approaches. If you have had couples counselling with Relate, for example, you will find the way I work to be quite different. The training also covered the particular relationship difficulties encountered when Asperger Syndrome has been diagnosed, or may be a factor.
Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology reflecting an interest in the link between mind and body.
Certificate in Mindfulness Practice.
Additional and recent training includes:
Working with Survivors of Sexualised Trauma
Psychopharmacology and Therapy - to aid an understanding of the effects of anti-depressant/anti-anxiety and other psychotropic medication. This informs my therapeutic approach in supporting those clients who wish to discontinue use of such drugs.
Identifying and Working with Clients with Narcissistic and Borderline Presentations.
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.
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
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Regular sessions are of 55 minutes duration.
Fees for individual counselling between £40-45 per session.
Couples £55-60 per session.
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 men and women from a wide variety of backgrounds and a range of issues including:
Alcohol/drug dependency; High-functioning Asperger Syndrome; Anxiety; Panic attacks; Relationship issues; Couples counselling; Bereavement; Bullying; Depression; Anger; Stress; Low self-esteem; Life transitions; Parenting issues; Mid-life changes; Menopause; Abuse; Adult children of alcoholic/abusive parents; Adult children of narcissistic/abusive parenting; migrants transitioning to life in the UK.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Friday 8.45a.m. - 7pm. Some weekend appointments.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|