Helen Ogg, Ad. Dip. PC, MNCS(Acc). BSc (Hons). PhD.
'Calm seas do not make skilful sailors.' Telephone and Skype/Zoom/Facetime counselling available.
As a therapist it is my privilege to help people through the difficulties in their lives. I have learned from my clients that people are extraordinary - thoughtful, kind, humble and courageous. We each have these qualities to draw upon to help us through these uncertain times - qualities that will help us to better manage our fears and anxieties, and to gain a sense of control amid this uncertainty. Adversity compels us to dig deep.
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 place in which you are able to talk openly and freely without being judged. Although daunting at times, therapy can be an adventure that involves challenge and risk, the better to shed entrenched and unhelpful patterns of thinking and feeling.
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 (AS) has been diagnosed, or may be a factor. Please see below under 'Any Further Information' for more details.
I have experience of working successfully with referrals from EAP/Organisations and charities. Enquiries welcome. Current DBS Certificate.
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.
Additional/recent training includes:
Neuro-diverse relationships - neurotypicals (NT's) and Asperger (AS's): recognising the unique challenges of neuro-diverse relationships. How to thrive rather than merely to survive.
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.
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
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Couples counselling - High functioning Asperger's / ASD
Women - High functioning Asperger's / ASD
Regular sessions are of 50 minutes duration.
Fees for individual counselling per session are £40 before 6p.m. £45 thereafter.
Couples £55 before 6p.m. £60 thereafter
Weekend appointments £45 individual sessions; £60 couples
Neurodiverse Relationship and Individual Counselling
I have experience of working with couples where high-functioning Asperger Syndrome (AS) has been diagnosed, or may be a factor. I have undertaken advanced couples counselling training that covered AS-NT relationships.
There are unique challenges in these relationships where one partner is neurotypical (NT)/non-AS and the other is AS. Understanding the dynamics of the relationship from two very different perspectives is something I aim to help with - sort of a translator between two brains that essentially perceive the social world in different ways. Over the course of the relationship, the NT may find that her world shrinks as she unknowingly adapts to the AS's needs. If each of you are to thrive, rather than merely to survive in the relationship, it may be especially important that the NT partner learns to prioritise self-care and to develop interests and a social life outside of the relationship.
In addition, I have experience of working 1-2-1 with both men and women where AS is a factor. I am gaining increasing experience helping individuals to recognise and understand the unique challenges of AS, and to accept and embrace who they are.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Friday 8.45a.m. - 7pm.
Weekend appointments now available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|