Seeing a therapist for the first time can feel quite frightening.
Here are some words from our past clients, describing how they found working with us:
Carly is an exceptional therapist. I had plenty of bad experiences with other therapists before working with Carly. She offered a warm, convivial on non-judgemental environment in which to air the many difficulties and challenges that I was facing at that time and I can't recommend her highly enough. Carly is extremely easy to get along with and made me feel very comfortable with immediate effect, which is vital when meeting someone for the first time under such challenging circumstances.
Carly helped me during an acute time in my life and helped me rebuild back to strength in a way that truly suited my needs.
I can’t speak highly enough of Carly and the service she provides. She is both compassionate, friendly and warm, as well as a highly skilled and professional therapist. Carly and I worked together for over 6 months and through our weekly sessions she helped me to address a variety of issues, past and present and to connect with who I am and what matters to me. She helped me to go from being a very anxious, lost and troubled person to someone who enjoys their life. Starting therapy can feel daunting, but Carly put me at ease right away, and that feeling of safety stayed with me throughout our sessions.
I worked with Carly for several months and it was very helpful. Our sessions were very beneficial in helping me to move forward.
Carly's help and support was of immense benefit to our daughter whilst she struggled with her own OCD issues, as well having a sister with severe mental health issues. We would highly recommend her to anyone wanting an experienced and empathetic therapist.
I began sessions with Ikuko around 5 years ago. At the time I was heavily depressed and struggled to connect with other people. It was difficult during this time for me to open up to anyone, but Ikuko created a safe and relaxing environment where I could slowly open up and deal with past issues. Throughout my time with Ikuko she has made me feel supported and created a safe place for me to go to, where I could feel as though I was stepping out of my life for an hour a week to get my head together. Also, she made the effort to find books and exercises that would help as coping mechanisms during my time between sessions. Now I am in a much better place, I am able to create stronger connections with friends and family, my self-confidence has risen greatly, and I feel genuinely happier on a day to day basis. And for this I have Ikuko to thank.
I sought Ikuko’s help when going through a very trying period of my life. Deciding to seek counselling is difficult enough and it’s important that you don’t feel pathologised. Ikuko made me feel safe and free to express anything that was on my mind with no judgement. She’s very professional and compassionate, and gave me very effective tips to help me cope with my situation.
I have found my experience with Ikuko to be most helpful, a private space in which I can make sense of how I feel and think, a person that listens and understands what I have to say and who also challenges me at times to help me see other ways of viewing things. It is very difficult to know in advance how one will get along with a therapist so it is a risk, for me personally, Ikuko is warm, friendly, and welcoming and has a very calm manner about her, without this, I doubt I would have continued as I have done, thank you for that Ikuko.
At my first meeting with Ikuko, I was nervous and unsure of the scenario as I am a typical guy who bottles everything up and never shared too much emotion. Our first meeting was very much an assessment on both parts but Ikuko made me feel comfortable and relaxed. She challenged me on my stubbornness and attributes I have that have controlled my ability to let things go. She introduced me to mindfulness which helped my panic attacks and also opened the door to a new way of living. My life has been continually improving since. I’m very grateful and can’t recommend Ikuko enough.