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Meet Oakley Ogden

Today we’d like to introduce you to Oakley Ogden.

Oakley, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I did a lot of comedy improv when I was younger and I thought one day I might move to LA and really “go for it.” So in the meantime -with a background in mentoring younger generations- I found work mentoring and teaching underserved youth populations. I was 19 and working in lower Manhattan at an organization called CityKids, which is still there today. It was an after-school safe space for kids in the surrounding burroughs where they could come and do homework and get tutoring and support. But we also had a repertoire company that the kids could try out for. The talent was amazing, and I found the role I was playing as mentor, supporter, and stagecoach to be a natural fit. So my jobs continued in these sorts of roles.

Before I knew it, I was teaching at a Charter School that had been designed as a “last chance” school for kids at risk. It didn’t take long for me to look into a Masters in Counseling Psychology. I chose Naropa University in Boulder Colorado for its focus on mindfulness practices, it’s out of the box curriculum, and it’s amazing thought leaders who championed the school’s ethics. During and after graduate school, I co-created a camp for young adults in Southern Colorado that I loved running during the summers. However, the east coast was pulling at my heartstrings- so I left to live in Manhattan, where I opened a private practice as a counselor. While I was there, I co-founded Young New Yorkers, an art-based alternative to incarceration for young adults. That was 2011 and it’s still running today.

Over time, my aspirations for a career in improv really shifted as I watched how the skill set translated to working with young adult populations, especially when supporting them to shift old habits and build a powerful future for themselves. However, as much as I loved NYC, all those years in Colorado must have planted fertile seeds because I found myself longing for the mountains and wild spaces after a couple years. Not so coincidentally, I was invited back to Boulder to case manage for The Center for Juvenile Justice. I gladly accepted knowing YNY had an amazing team to keep it going. That was over seven years ago. I now live and work out of LoHi, running my private practice and collaborating with the founder of the Gthx: Gratitude app, Omar Brownson, out of LA on content and mindfulness curriculum. So I guess I got the best of all the worlds!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I think that all things build well, have been tested to some degree. I’m certainly stronger and more authentically myself today than I have ever been and my path has made me so. I’ve recreated my private practice four times in the course of 15 years or more. Each time I’ve re-opened the doors, I am a new person with a new depth of capacity, new skills, and new ability to support and guide others. I think that a lot of small business owners, especially in the health and wellness field, can struggle with finding clients and building their practice. I remember watching my numbers climb for each iteration I offered only to plateau at some point. It wasn’t until now that I can look back and see that my capacity was in direct correlation to who and what came my way, even the number of people.

Today, I keep my practice full and dynamic by keeping my personal capacity ever-expanding. I tend to the health of three things: my physical body, my mental acuity, and my spiritual capacity. I learned a while ago that the success of my business is a direct reflection of my ‘state of being’ because my state of being determines the quality of my offering. That’s my perspective anyway. A simple formula that works for me.

However, I learned this, some might say, the hard way. In 2014, I got into a car accident that nearly took my life. I hit black ice on a highway bridge and the car was totaled. I survive the crash, but I would have to take off two full years from my work. Shortly after the accident, as my memory and brain struggled from the physical impact, I was also diagnosed with Lyme Disease. I would say that this was the most intense time of transformation that I had ever experienced, and I had been pretty committed to a serious levels of personal development before that! For two years, I dedicated myself to treatments. I worked at a clothing store and wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to be a therapist again.

At the end of a year and a half, my doctor pulled me aside and said, “I have to tell you something… I don’t know why you are getting better. I am giving other people the same medication for the same symptoms but they aren’t improving and you are…”. I told her that I was doing some in-depth digging into habits and patterns of belief that I felt were linked to my illness and holding me back. I had a coach named Joey Klein, the founder of Conscious Transformation, based here in Denver, Colorado, and I was coming to know that the body and mind were inextricably linked. My doc told me I had a month to get myself organized and re-open my practice as she was sending me her patients. I did, and that was five years ago. My practice filled in a year and I never advertised. I’m telling you, the last decade has been the most humbling of my life. I’m constantly kept in check by my health today and have to maintain a work/life balance and keep my mind healthy and clear and ever-evolving.

We’d love to hear more about your practice.
I have a private practice in psychotherapy that offers counseling, tools for transformation, and alternative therapies to live courageously. I offer one-on-one sessions as well as evening classes, weekend intensives, and longer retreats. Although my client’s age span from 18 to 60, 85% of my clientele are women between the ages of 21 and 34. I specialize in issues related to depression, anxiety, lack of purpose and direction. But I am probably most known for the expanse of counseling I offer, which comes from the incredible teachers and mentors I’ve been able to study with over the past few decades – true masters in their fields from psychological development and neuroscience to emotional vibrancy and spiritual awakening.

I always tell new clients, “When you say yes to our work together, you don’t only get me, you get the whole team that has my back.” The work I offer is a way of life for me, not a job. I feel pretty lucky to do what I do and grateful for the clients I have had the honor of working with. A regular practice day can span from covering historical trauma work all the way to creating future goals and visions for one’s life. It’s brave work, and I’m always so proud of what my clients create for themselves.

As a practitioner, it’s really about supporting my clients to create the life they want for themselves. Once that’s defined, we can then dig into clearing, healing, and re-aligning, all the “stuff” that gets in the way of that vision being a reality. In other words, my mission is to empower and educate people to stand in their authenticity, define the meaning of their journey, and live a life aligned with their highest potential. It’s a pretty incredible life.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Probably authenticity. This quality has been really important to me throughout my life and motivated me to follow impulses and desires in my early years that otherwise would have eluded me. The desire for authenticity made me curious and bold and b/c of that, I took myself places and learned lessons that allowed me to be who I am for others today. Getting down to what is true for myself and what is true for another, and discovering the connection that occurs in that space, has been fairly life-defining. It seems to be where the energy of life lives.

Pricing:

  • Free 50 minute Intake Calls
  • $200.00/50 minute individual session
  • $250.00/90 minute individual session

Contact Info:

  • Address: 2406 W 32nd Ave, Denver CO 80211
  • Website: www.oakleyogden.com
  • Phone: 720-663-9056
  • Email: oakley@oakleyogden.com
  • Instagram: @oakleyogden
  • Facebook: oakley ogden
  • Yelp: Oakley O.
  • Other: LinkedIn – Oakley Ogden

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