My name is Alex Ogando (pronounced 'oh-gan-doh') and I am a HCPC registered Dramatherapist. I run my own private practice from The Old Rectory Clinic in Yate (Bristol), as well as working part-time in the charitable sector with Bath Mind and Off The Record.
As a mental health professional I have gained experience working within some of the most prominent mental health services for young people and their families in Bristol, including: 1625 Independent People, Next Link, the NHS CAMHS Crisis Intervention Team, and Off The Record. Additionally I have also worked in educational institutions as a therapist and guest lecturer, and also as a support worker for the National Autistic Society.
Prior to becoming a therapist, I spent a decade working in the arts industry where I specialised in using drama and creativity, with young people and adults alike, to help groups develop self-esteem, tell their untold stories, rediscover joy, and find purpose. A large part of this work included working with adults in rehabilitation centres for addiction recovery, homeless shelters, women's support services, veteran and military support services, asylum seeker and refugee support services, educational institutions, and through community based social prescribing schemes.
I became a therapist because at one point in time, therapy changed my life for the better.
Life can be incredibly difficult, regardless of how often we are reminded to be grateful, and look for the silver linings. Regardless of how ‘fine’ our life might appear to other people. Sometimes you need non-judgmental, and compassionate support, from someone who isn’t a friend, family member, or colleague. Finding the right therapist, and right type of therapy, can make the world of difference. Head over to my FAQ section to see the most common questions people ask about starting therapy and finding a therapist.