We are like a Ship at sea,
and our brains are her Crew.

Ship Psychology helps to make improving your mental health understandable, accessible, and even fun!

A safe harbour from the storm raging inside

From the strongest warship to the smallest dinghy,
everyone needs a little help from time to time.

Our mental health is every bit as important as our physical health. We all know it, but while people admire and encourage you when you go to a gym, when you tell them you’re seeing a counselor or therapist, things can quickly become tense and awkward. So you start believing that if it is ‘just in your head’, you should be able to sort your problems alone.

And you have tried, haven’t you? You really have. You want to have more control over your life, but somehow it doesn’t come together. Everything happens so much all the time. On top of that, your own habits, conflicts, indecision and possibly justified fears are getting in the way of doing what you want, too.

Sure, you know you should adopt healthier habits. Eat better. Exercise more. All the stuff the internet and well-meaning friends tell you. You’ve heard it all a thousand times before. Maybe you’ve even tried their advice, but at the end of the day, the change you want still eludes you.

Disheartened, you find your thoughts taking a nosedive. You feel down, exhausted. Even when you do manage to get a decent night’s sleep, you still don’t feel rested. Not rested enough to face another day of fighting. Fighting against yourself, life and the rest of the world… 

How Ship Psychology can help you


You don't have to do it alone! Counselling is a 'light' version of psychotherapy and a great way to start improving your mental health. Much can change in as few as 5 sessions.

Quick & Accessible Self-care

If you picture an image, you can use Ship Psychology. Learning the basic principles is enough to get you started on making everyday challenges easier for yourself.

Life time's benefit

Your Ship is part of you, always. Once you know how to use Ship Psychology, you can apply your favourite techniques anytime and anywhere - for the rest of your life!

The Crew Inside Your head

Like a ship, our body is vessel that is steered through life by our brains. Like a ship’s crew, our brains each have their own tasks and skills, and despite their differences, they have to work as a team to keep their vessel afloat.

But working together sounds easier than it is. Each Crew Member has their own way of dealing with the Ship’s problems, and quite often they clash. When our Crew fails to resolve such conflicts or even avoid each other, that’s when we feel stressed, anxious, depressed or worse… 

I know from experience how it feels to be so completely and utterly stuck. How hopeless you can feel when the change you want keeps slipping from your fingers. For over 20 years, every day was a battle for me. Therapy helped to  survive, but I wanted more than just survive. I wanted to live!

So I created Ship Psychology. 

My name is Christel Vogels, but you can call me Chris. I’m a psychological counselor, and I work on the premise that your mind knows everything about you, it just needs encouragement to share those insights with our waking consciousness, too. That is where Ship Psychology comes in. 

In private sessions and group workshops, both online and live, I teach you to look inside your own head, find what is hindering you from thinking, feeling and acting the way you want to – and how to resolve that!


what clients say:

"I found it remarkable that the Ship is so easy to implement. This makes confrontations less scary. When people close to me also know the Ship, it becomes easier to explain to them what is going on inside my mind. I can clearly convey the thoughts and feelings driving my behaviour."
School Assistant
"The concept of the Ship is unique and creative. It is also very personal, because everyone can process it in their own way. I remember that during the workshop at the end of last year we sat together with a small group of (more or less) strangers and during the day heard the most wonderful and personal stories and learned a lot from each other."
"I like to talk to Christel. There are different ways to explain how your brain works, but I understand how Christel explains them and because of this, I am convinced that her explanation can and will help others as well. Christel has a very nice way of explaining, which has certainly helped me in difficult times. I now have a better understanding of how others can think. Thank you Christel for these wonderful conversations. You have helped me a lot."
"Christel helps you gain insight into yourself and gives you the necessary tools to solve your problems yourself. Always a tailor-made approach!"
Store Manager