To preserve confidentiality we do not use people’s names. Some people have signed off their testimonial with their “life role” so you can see what sort of people find our service helpful.
Overcoming Anxiety & Workplace Stress – Improving Career & Relationships
After a number of false starts with therapists, I can only say that I wish I had found Maggie sooner! Over a period of 15 years I had seen multiple therapists and psychiatrists to address issues relating to anxiety, depression and workplace stress. With invariably unsatisfying results, I was extremely skeptical about seeing another therapist: more fundamentally I was utterly pessimistic about the possibility of being happy. My skepticism proved unfounded.
Maggie really helped me to elucidate and articulate the origins of deeply embedded patterns of negative and self defeating thinking, which proved essential in enabling her to then work with me to develop practical strategies for loosening their grip. She is patient and compassionate while being proactive and constructively challenging when she needs to be. I found this combination of empathy and robust testing of my negative perceptions immensely helpful.
The process resulted in my feeling much better at work, building up the confidence to successfully apply for a new job (which would have been unimaginable before I started therapy) and to take important strides forward in my relationship.
Whether you are considering therapy for the first time or feeling like therapy is a dead end, I believe you have nothing to lose and plenty gain by seeking out an introductory session with Maggie.
Dan, Civil servant
Equip & Empower Yourself – Overcome Trauma & Build Self-Esteem
After attending 12 sessions, this client provided the following review:
I came to Judy struggling to understand the impact sexual abuse that had taken place in my childhood had had on me. I knew there were things bubbling below the surface that were weaving their way into how I formed relationships and the way I have behaved since I was a teenager, but I didn’t know what they were or how to deal with them. The hours I’ve spent working with Judy have been the most valuable of my life. Not only did we form a trusting, patient relationship, but she helped me slowly understand what had happened to me. After [three] months of work I now feel equipped to do things differently. It’s been the most liberating and empowering experience and I’ve learnt things that will stay with me forever. Thank you Judy!
Better Able to Cope with Anxiety & OCD
Amanda was able to help me think through a lot of thoughts that made me feel extremely stuck and hopeless at the time. It’s not a quick fix but with the will to put in mechanisms that Amanda gave me and realisations that I was able to have through therapy, I am doing much better and am able to cope with my anxiety and OCD a lot better. I believe the whole experience was a process but one that I will continue with confidence. Amanda was extremely understanding throughout and approached my issues in a way that made me feel heard as she understood the mechanics of my thought process. I will definitely contact KlearMinds again in the future if I feel I need to reach out again”
Asuka (Digital Designer)
Resolving Financial Worries – Couples Therapy
By getting us to focus on what really matters in our relationship Andrea was able to help us see that what we thought were disagreements about money were really about our fears, insecurities and need for autonomy. The work we did together in the past month was very productive. Andrea helped us resolve the last sticky issue we had in terms of shared finances in a pre-nup agreement and wedding. We feel more confident and prepared now to deal with any of these issues that might come up again in the future. She is a skillful and empathic professional.
Just married, N&R Learn more about: Couples Counselling
Coping Strategies to Get Through Difficult Times
I came across Mita and KlearMinds when I was going through a rough patch and needed someone to help and listen. Mita was phenomenal from the first meeting, always attentive, never judgmental and helped me with coping strategies to get me through such a difficult time. Looking back on it now I do not know how I would have got to where I am now without her support and would recommend KlearMinds and especially Mita to anyone in a similar position.
Space to Work Through Things Positively
Had a very positive experience working with Kate and KlearMinds. Kate was very easy to talk to and gave me space to do sessions in the way that worked best for me and I came out of them feeling refreshed and motivated. I would definitely recommend Kate to anyone looking to work through things in therapy, she was kind, thoughtful and always reliable even when I was a bit awkward about finding times that suited my schedule.
IT Sector Learn more about: Self-Confidence Coaching
I started to see Maggie as a work coach at a time when I was frustrated with my job and felt like I was working myself into the ground, but not getting any returns. She gave me invaluable advice that made me think about my needs and my worth. Her support made me realise I wasn’t failing, which was an issue for me. Within weeks, I’d left my job. My new confidence meant that, when I was offered a new job, I was able to ask for the role and salary I wanted without feeling like an imposter or that I didn’t deserve it. I’m now in a job I love, and have just been promoted!
My therapy was supposed to just be about work, but Maggie delved into my past and roots and made me see why I was struggling in relationships too. Just like work, I was aiming to please people and feeling like a failure when I couldn’t fix everything. I’m now much more confident and comfortable with who I am, and I understand my feelings more. I’ve been in a great relationship for almost two years now.
The science approach from Maggie appealed to me as I’m not really into the ‘how do you feel about that’ approach constantly. Maggie challenged me, was blunt with me, tested me, but also listened to me and never forgot a previous conversation. I’ve recommended her to numerous friends since and I know she’s helped them massively too.
Managing Director Learn more about: Career Coaching
Tackle Anxiety, Improve Your Relationships – Career Coaching
I undertook 6 months of therapy with Judy and its 6 months I believe has changed my life forever. Judy was professional, eloquent, and non-judgmental. I sought out therapy primarily to help tackle my anxiety and to find someone who can help me understand my thought processes in a more coherent way. I suffered daily from anxiety and my negative thought processes were holding me back a great deal in my relationships with others and above all, myself.
During the first 4-5 sessions, Judy educated me on the impact anxiety has on your body, where it comes from, the scientific understanding of it and techniques to help manage it. This I believe was crucial to my healing. Once I had physical control over my anxiety, we were then able to delve deeper into the triggers. Judy helped me understand things about myself that I would have never been able to achieve alone. Her knowledge and experience really shone through in every aspect of my sessions.
Even during lockdown when i was put at risk of redundancy, Judy adapted our sessions to some career coaching to help me get back on track. Again, I was blown away with her abundance of experience and fast thinking adaptivity to cater for the unpredictable times we have been living in (for the past 3 months especially).
Now that my sessions have temporarily come to a close, I feel that I know myself in a much more clear and coherent way. I understand where my triggers lie when it comes to my anxiety and how to manage them. My relationships, especially with my family are stronger and I have, with Judy’s help, managed to set my own boundaries and stick to them.
During my time with Judy, I never felt that I was holding anything back and that is rare. I saw 3 different therapists before this, none of which really understood and helped me articulate my thoughts like Judy did, this i believe comes from her years of experience and naturally calm and caring demeanor.
I couldn’t recommend Judy enough to anyone suffering from any form of anxiety, depression, family/relationship conflicts or career coaching. Her rationality and sheer understanding of the way our minds work is a rare find and I believe anyone can benefit from this.
Gain Insight & Learn to Deal with Anxiety & OCD
I have struggled with OCD and anxiety since I was a child. Initially, I was quickly put on medication as a stopgap but never dealt with the root issues. KlearMinds was my first time trying proper therapy. I made immense progress with Mita in just 2 years! I learned many strategies and methods to deal with my anxiety, and gained much insight into myself and some underlying issues stemming from my past. I now have greater awareness and control of my thought processes. Most of all, I have hope that one day I will leave these issues completely behind me as I continue to get stronger.
Data Specialist Learn more about: Anxiety Therapy
Help to Change the Way You Think
Working with Amanda has been a really positive and transformative experience. She got what I needed straight away and through incisive but gentle questioning helped me change the way I think about so many things. If you are thinking about talking to a therapist, I would encourage you to go for it!
Publisher Learn more about: Self-Confidence counselling
Build Self-Confidence and Overcome Relationship Problems
I cannot recommend Maggie enough. I had tried counselling before and thought it wasn’t for me. I now realise that finding the right counsellor makes all the difference.
I went to see Maggie when I felt I was no longer able to cope and everything in my life was going wrong. I couldn’t understand why. Maggie was very incisive in identifying the issues. My sessions with her have not only helped me gain an understanding of my habits and patterns but also given me the tools to break the bad habits and understand what is important. As a result I feel in control, grounded and confident in all parts of my life and most importantly, I feel capable of moving forward in my life. My only regret is that I hadn’t found Maggie sooner.
A very grateful Lawyer! Learn more about: Self-Esteem counselling
Free from Anxiety & Finally Able to be Myself
I have struggled with anxiety for my entire life and when I first met with Judy I thought she would help me manage it but I would never be able to overcome it. With Judy’s help I would no longer consider myself an anxious person. I do not experience anxiety on a daily basis like I used to when I first started therapy, and even more than that I now go months on end without even having the most minimal symptoms of anxiety. The way that I describe the effect that therapy has had on me is that it has allowed me to finally be myself, without anxiety preventing me from doing things or making me act in ways that I am ashamed of or regret afterwards. I am able to be fully present in my relationships and experiences, without worrying about the future or the past while talking to people or doing things.
For anyone who experiences anxiety on a day to day basis, or if anxiety is preventing you from working, attending social events, or just being able to be present in your own life, I could not recommend therapy with Judy more. Without her I would still be living under a cloud of worry, and I feel grateful that I was able to find Judy so early in my life, because I really feel I would not have been able to get to where I am now without her help. Therapy is much more than talking to someone – if you have anxiety it is a mental illness and you need a good doctor to help you through it. I am thankful to Judy for helping me through it, and could not recommend her more to anyone who is struggling with anxiety. It is not something that you have to live with!
A Young Professional Learn more about: Anxiety Therapy
Change Your Perceptions
Amanda Reynolds is a wonderful and patient therapist who helped me during my time Studying Abroad. From someone who never believed therapy could be of significant help, I would like to say that after my sessions with Amanda that perception has completely changed. Simply having someone that can provide an explanation and methods to overcome feelings one has never felt previously made a big difference during this time. I am beyond grateful to have met Amanda and would recommend her to anyone who is looking for an amazing professional therapist who, at the same time is caring and compassionate. Thank you for all your help!
Improve Your Relationship
We both found Andrea very helpful. She listened to the issues within our relationship and has given us a set of tools that we can hopefully implement, if things don’t run as smoothly as we hope for moving forward together.
Andrea was very professional and listened intently, then identified the issues and has given us solutions and things we hadn’t previously thought of. Happy to say, there have been major improvements in our relationship and we are both in a good place, so a matter now of keeping up the good work. I would recommend Andrea to any friends or family who might need a helping hand from time to time.
Learn more about our: Relationship Counselling
Support with Work/Life Balance and Parenting Struggles
I have seen Maggie for a short batch of sessions, on 4 occasions, over a period of several years. She has provided me with invaluable support through many problems I’ve needed help with, from post-natal depression and general mental health issues, to career decisions I needed an objective view on, to more recently, work/life balance conundrums and parenting struggles I’ve been facing. Without fail, each time, Maggie has been able to very quickly distil the crux of what’s likely to be at the root of the issue, and given me highly insightful and actionable advice that I can take and use, even long past attending one to one sessions.
Maggie has a great nature and manages to be highly professional while also being very sensitive to what your emotional needs might be at that time. Maggie, and the services she provides, have been absolutely transformational for me in coming to terms with childhood trauma and understanding its impact on my present, while also not allowing it to dictate my future. I cannot recommend Maggie highly enough.
Tools for Juggling Career and Family
Working with Judy Harrison has been a transformative, rewarding and life changing experience. As a new mother, juggling a number of challenges personally, with my career and family – Judy provided invaluable support and tools to help untangle the weeds and provide clarity and hope amidst overwhelm and uncertainty. Judy is kind, compassionate, wise and vastly experienced and I’m so grateful I decided to reach out to her and that I was so expertly guided and supported by Judy throughout.
Lawyer, New Mother Learn more about: Life Coaching
Help to Overcome PTSD – Relationships
I was in a toxic relationship while suffering from PTSD, which made it harder for me to keep the symptoms under control, to the point I found myself unable to cope with daily responsibilities at work and at home. When I went to Maggie for help, I desperately needed for someone to pull me out of the black hole I had found myself in. One step at a time, we went through my background and through all the experiences that (some of which I hadn’t realized) had brought me to the point I was at. Maggie helped me regain control of my life by coming to terms with the past, forgiving myself and others, and letting go of all the destructive thoughts in my head. Maggie helped me overcome PTSD, reconnect with myself and others, overcome my sense of helplessness, appreciate myself more and gain strength and confidence to walk away from the toxic relationship I was in. Overall, Maggie turned my life around and I will be forever grateful for all of her help.
Investment Analyst Learn more about: PTSD Counselling & Psychotherapy
Develop Coping Techniques and Rebuild Your Confidence
I came to Judy when I found myself with increasing anxiety, problems with sleeping and lack of appetite. I felt like my head was a muddle of negative thoughts and while this hadn’t been triggered by one particular event, I knew that it was being antagonised by workplace stress and conflict, as well as a lifelong lack of self-confidence. I immediately connected with Judy who listened patiently. I knew I wanted to understand why I think like this, but ultimately I wanted to move forward with practical techniques to help me cope better. Judy helped me firstly understand my anxiety, she also made me realise that I wasn’t alone in the way I think. We recognised my triggers and my responses to situations, but also talked through some previous experiences which had shaped my mindset. We developed techniques to help me cope better, rebuilt my confidence and I can honestly say I have felt like a different person ever since. If like me, you are reading these reviews and recognise your own thoughts and feelings, go ahead and start a course of therapy, I couldn’t recommend Judy more highly.
Anonymous Learn more about: Anxiety Therapy
Solving Relationship Problems – Anger Management
I contacted Maggie after I felt my reactions to small irritations were getting out of hand, particularly in my relationship with my partner. I was anxious, angry and upset a lot of the time which was unlike anything I’d experienced before. I saw Maggie for a few months once a week and began to understand why I was reacting the way I was. This understanding was half the battle, and was incredibly revealing. I learned not to let my hurt feelings turn to anger and frustration, and deal with them in a different way. I feel like my old self again now, more in control of my emotions, confident and happy in my relationship. She was sympathetic, caring, open and I think genuinely happy for me to have made such progress. Highly recommended.
Consultant Learn more about Counselling for Anger Management
I am really happy to leave a review in respect of Judy’s excellent stewardship of a mediation process between myself and a psychotherapist with whom I had a matter to resolve. Judy is warm and insightful and helped me (and I believe the other party) to identify the areas of concern and express them clearly in a safe and supportive environment. I had no prior experience nor expectation of the process but I can honestly say that the process was excellent, informative and very beneficial. I would strongly recommend seeking Judy’s help when parties (be it professional or personal) are unable to resolve their issues.
DLK, London Learn more about Relationship Counselling
Get Unstuck at Work & in Life – Career & Life Coaching
Working with Maggie has helped me tremendously. I initially sought out a life or career coach as I felt stuck in a toxic situation at work, however, working on a psychological level to understand the situation and other dynamics in my life, has really helped me navigate the situation and bring overall ease, calm and awareness to my life. I have seen a number of therapists over the years and definitely felt this was the best experience I have had. I really appreciated Maggie’s combination of empathy and practicality, an investment that has truly paid off.
Partnership Development Manager Learn more about: Career Coaching & Counselling
Learn to Deal with Difficult Situations – at Work & Home
When I started working with Judy I was having a difficult time both at work and in my personal life. There were a number of issues I was facing specifically around relationships with people in my life & my confidence. Working with Judy helped me to understand these relationships and importantly how to change them for the better.
Judy gave me invaluable help and advice, and shared a number of tools that will always stay with me and help me deal with difficult situations in the future. I am now in such a good place and feel confident to be able to deal with the pressures of life on my own. Judy was so supportive and non-judgmental, I know I would ever have been able to achieve any of these changes without her help. Thank you much.
Learn more about: Self-Confidence Coaching
Recovering from Bereavement & Depression
I hit a period in my life when it seemed I had never felt so low. Amongst other problems, I was coping with a major bereavement and it felt like a crisis. During this period I managed to find Maggie and sheepishly dragged myself into her office. Straight away Maggie was warm, kind and understanding – she didn’t rush anything – or if something didn’t work – we’d just move on. It felt odd to be talking about my problems and it was difficult but together we worked through them – I didn’t want to be in therapy for a long time, I just wanted to get better, get on with my life.
Over the next six weeks Maggie and myself met once a week and we’d talk, after each session I’d feel so much better, stronger and my mind began to clear. I cannot recommend Maggie highly enough to you. Whilst life still presents me with challenges I can cope with them as I feel so much stronger now – I owe her much.
TV Director Learn more about Bereavement Counselling
Learn How to Get a Better Handle on Your Anger
I sought therapy to get a better handle on my anger. Particularly, I wanted to ensure anger was not something that made either myself or my family suffer. Judy at KlearMinds was able to provide both practical advice on dealing with angry episodes and academic insight into the general themes around anger as a concept. She demonstrated to me how and why it occurs and what aspects of my history may have contributed to the challenges I face today. Hers is a comprehensive and holistic approach, one I endorse wholeheartedly. I expect to benefit from the ten sessions we had together over the long term.
Learn more about Anger Management
Improving Relationships & Building Self-Confidence
Hope all is well with you and thank you once again for everything you did for me, I can’t really put into words how much you helped me (although I’ll try right now!).
I came to Maggie after experiencing problems in my relationships. I seemed to follow the same patterns, and couldn’t identify what the problems were, how to stop repeating myself, break these patterns and make changes for the better. After experiencing several years of the same thing, and seeing no alternative, I made an active decision to do something about it.
Although I was nervous at first, Maggie really seemed to understand the root of the problem, and where everything seemed to stem from and helped me make steps to break free of the problematic routines of my relationships.
I now have the confidence to make changes, and assess situations with an open mind, and walk away from things if it isn’t right, where I would never have had the strength to be able to do so before.
Performing Artist Learn more about: Relationship Counselling
Learn How to Better Deal with Anger
I contacted KlearMinds after struggling to deal with anger that was ruining my relationship with my partner. I am very lucky that I found Judy. I had tried another therapist in the past but it did not work for me. Judy took me through an intensive 12 week course that delved into my past to see how this impacts present actions and emotions. I learnt how to link my physical and body reactions to real emotions through this scientific and structured approach to anger management. Judy was very kind, caring and gave me the hope and confidence I needed to make a change. Since starting the sessions I have been more positive and things have improved with my partner.
Engineer Learn more about: Anger Management Counselling
Renew and Strengthen Your Marriage
Having been married for about 30 years we had drifted apart. We decided to renew our relationship but this was a challenging path and it initiated a number of traumas for us both. We needed impartial help and professional advice. We had 8 sessions with Judy at Klearminds over a period of 7 months. These included one longer “emergency” session when we were finding ourselves coming off the rails. Judy was clearly very experienced and enabled us to understand what was happening between us and she gave us tools and frameworks to help us rebuild trust and confidence. Although we will always carry scars, our relationship and marriage is on firm ground and is stronger now than it has been for 20 years or more.
Professional couple living in London Learn more about: Couples Therapy
Change Negative Patterns of Behaviour
I came to Maggie not at a point of crisis but at a time when I felt I needed to take stock of where I was in life and to understand and change negative patterns of behaviour after years of struggling with issues related to a traumatic event earlier in life.
I’m so glad I did. Maggie helped me investigate earlier life experiences and dissect the way my life choices and decisions had been affected by them. This allowed me to realise why I had been repeatedly making unhelpful life decisions and not moving forward in the way I wished to.
After a period of working with Maggie I genuinely felt a huge shift take place. I now look at and experience situations, relationships and emotions from a different perspective and feel emboldened to move forward with more confidence and positivity. It’s been a personal revelation for which I’ll always be grateful.
Documentary Maker – Film & TV Learn more about: Self Confidence Counselling
Overcoming Trauma – Building Confidence in Work & Relationships
I didn’t have any expectations of what therapy could do for me. I went to Maggie because I knew that my lifestyle and general approach to life needed to be changed and that I needed to discuss an extremely distressing experience which had happened to me with a trained professional.
I liked Maggie’s approach, and she made me feel safe and capable of dealing with the issues which I needed and wanted to explore. Over the course of a year I learnt a lot about myself, my reactions to situations and the triggers to those reactions. In particular I started to recognise all of the things which I could change to make my life better.
I now have the tools to be able to deal with any issues and/or problems that may arise. I have made a number of changes to my life some small and some big and all of the areas of my life that I wanted to change (and even those I didn’t know at time needed changing) have changed for the better. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Maggie and the results speak for themselves.
Lawyer Learn more about: Trauma & Psychotherapy
Beating Depression – Regaining Self Confidence
I first came to see Maggie when every area of my life seemed to be going wrong, and I felt I wanted to take control and turn things around. Maggie helped me to do that. She helped me to realise that its all about the way you react to something, and that you can change your thought processes.
I now realise that you have options, and that it is within your own power to change things around. I am very grateful to Maggie for helping me to see things a different way, and giving me the tools to be a better, calmer, more confident version of myself. I can honestly say I now feel happy the majority of the time and if I don’t, I know how to deal with it.
Thanks again Maggie for everything!
Overcoming Career Anxiety & Work Stress
I had never thought I was someone who would need counselling or therapy, as I had always been very strong. However when my career wasn’t going quite as I had planned it, I found I was becoming very negative and mentally spiralling out of control – in fact turning myself into a victim.
Maggie’s structured, logical, evidence based approach to my mental state was something I could easily understand and work with. It meant that I was very quickly (in about 5 sessions) back to having control over my life and feeling so much more positive and happy about everything.
Now I realise that sometimes we need a little help. Maggie was outstanding at providing me with what I needed, not as a “quick fix” but by giving me the tools to use whenever I may need them in the future. Thank you Maggie, I am so very grateful to you.
Corporate Finance Lawyer
Should I Get Married? Gaining Clarity
When my partner proposed and all was meant to be rosy and wonderful, I hit a complete crisis of confidence and was left wondering whether I was making the biggest mistake of my life. After much emotional confusion I decided to find someone to talk to who could provide professional and detached advice.
My time with Maggie was extremely helpful in untangling firstly what all of my conflicting feelings actually were and then getting a real understanding of what was driving them. We ended up looking at a great deal more than the just my fears about getting married and in doing so I was able to gain real clarity not only regarding my engagement but many other aspects of my life.
Without Maggie’s help I think I’d either still be floundering in unhappy confliction, or I’d have come to some very different, rash decisions I’d have had to live with ever after. Most importantly I’ve been left with excellent tools and strategies to help me handle problems that may arise in the future. Thanks Maggie!
Understand & Manage Anger
I had a problem with anger made more difficult by lockdown – after a number of excellent sessions with Maggie, I had an understanding of my triggers and what to do to try and manage them. A really great help – I cannot recommend her more strongly.
When I came to see Jo I was feeling very low. I found it hard “to see the wood for the trees” as I had been feeling stressed for so long. I found Jo very understanding and she quickly helped me to clearly identify the matters which were affecting me most. She really helped me to understand why I was feeling the way I was and what I needed to do to change the things which were impacting negatively upon my emotional well-being.
After a few sessions with Jo I felt like a different person. Jo also helped me to reflect in a more positive way upon my history and helped me to see the very positive things in my life. If I have any difficulties in the future I will not hesitate to contact her again and I would highly recommend her.
Overcoming an Affair – Re-building Marriage & Family Life
I came to see Maggie when I was struggling to make sense of my life and maintain control, I was in the middle of having an affair and thinking about leaving my wife and child and had lost a great deal of trust in my emotions and feelings. I truly felt my life was falling apart and had stopped making any sense.
Maggie worked slowly with me to assess what was truly making me happy, steps to cope with everyday life whilst I explored bigger issues and slowly but surely led me to a much deeper understanding of myself.
My relationship with my wife has vastly improved. We are able to communicate more openly and can now provide each other with space, companionship and appropriate support when needed. I have regained my enjoyment in our journey of building a life and family together.
I am now happier than I have ever been and feel more confident to move forward with my life with much stronger ability to cope with anything life throws at me in the future.
I’ll never be able to thank you enough.
Investment Analyst Learn more about: Relationship Counselling
Empower Yourself – Building Self Confidence
Before meeting with Maggie, I had been feeling demotivated, lacking focus & very lonely. I had thought that my feelings would blow over and left myself languishing. Counselling was something I only considered when I felt there was nothing I could do. Retrospectively, this was incorrect. Maggie gave me support and provided me with the encouragement to empower myself to change.
Maggie helped me look at myself and the world around me in a different light; I now realise that I have the power and the skills to make my own future. The negative way I thought about myself and the feeling of being a ‘victim’ has gone and while I still sometimes see obstacles in my way, Maggie has given me the tools to question my negative thoughts and get to the root of the problem. Instead of thinking ‘what if’ and worrying about it, I know there will always be a ‘what if’ but it’s how you deal with it that counts.
I had always found it hard to deal with questions, getting defensive. Maggie’s questions, while difficult at the start, were in no way intimidating or intrusive. Her questions have helped me question the cause of my feelings and also question others. The sessions and tools provided have helped me organise myself, realise my limits and most importantly brought confidence and self respect back to my life. I am extremely grateful to Maggie for all she has helped me to achieve. I know that the tools she has given me will help me in the future and throughout my life. Thank you Maggie!
Developing Lasting Happiness
I didn’t really know whether counselling would help when I first went to see Maggie. All I knew was that I was feeling increasingly isolated and unhappy, anxious about the future and fed up with the way my life was going. All that changed over the next few months as Maggie helped me on my journey towards understanding myself and why I reacted to people and situations in the way I did. Eventually, as I began to feel reconnected to people again, I learned to value myself, be proud of my achievements and even feel excited about the future! I saw that it was possible to be alone but not be lonely, to be sad without being depressed, and discovered that many people feel afraid, they just deal with their fear in different ways.
Maggie was patient, perceptive and incredibly supportive throughout and each week I grew stronger, more empowered and liberated thanks to her skill and expertise. She has made a big difference to my life and for that I will always be grateful.
Senior HR Manager
I found my sessions with Maggie immensely helpful. Maggie’s approach is not the least bit intimidating and immensely practical in nature. She helped me to identify the issues which cause me anxiety and to find techniques which enabled me to deal with them as they arose. I now feel I have the tools necessary to deal with the various stresses in my life and that I can adapt these tools to suit any situation I am presented with in the future.
Building Self-Esteem – Overcoming Anxiety
I feel so much calmer and happier in myself. Therapy really helped with my anxiety issues and restored my self esteem. I feel so much more positive about the future and feel much stronger in myself.
Overcoming Depression & Insecurity
I decided to embark on therapy in order to address long-term issues with depression and insecurity in my personal life.
Maggie has enabled me to reflect more clear-sightedly on situations rather than blaming myself for everything. She is a very sympathetic person with an extraordinary skill for reading body language! She has encouraged me out of feeling stuck in a ‘coping’ strategy that was really about disguising rather than recognising and addressing my feelings. As a consequence I am a more emotionally robust and confident and feel better able to exercise judgement and integrity in my relationships with others.
Overcoming Anxiety & Building Self-Confidence
This Financial Analyst and working mother had to deal with redundancy, a difficult new job, relationship challenges, child rearing and her own history of being unsupported and bullied in the past. Here’s what she says:
I started to see Maggie for ways to help me deal with old patterns of thoughts which lead to increased levels of stress and low confidence. She really helped me understand the roots of my thinking, how things had changed through time and ways in which I could shape my thoughts differently and break free of my old patterns. As a result, my stress levels have vastly improved and I have a very different outlook on life. I have also been able to break away from old patterns of thoughts which has been very positive in helping me deal with new situations. Maggie has a great ability to be empathetic. She is a great listener and can tailor therapy sessions to your needs and how you can best work through your sessions.
Overcoming Relationship Problems – Building Trust & Improving Communication
This very busy, professional couple wanted to stop arguments which were occurring with increasing frequency. They were really concerned their relationship would break up. They wanted to improve their communication skills so they could trust each other and save their relationship. After 4 double sessions with Maggie, here’s what they have to say:
We found Maggie to be a huge help in our request for improving our communication skills. Maggie will teach you how to think about your behaviour and what it is linked to so you understand you a whole lot better. This is an invaluable technique, not just for you as a couple, but for you and all your relationships. She is also warm & fun which really helps!:)
We now communicate better and understand one another….invaluable & life changing. Many thanks again.
Couple – Business Owner & Senior Executive. Learn more about: Couples Therapy
Discovering Enjoyable Career Success & Creating Loving Relationships
When I came to see Maggie I was very depressed, but also very cynical about the benefits of seeing a therapist. I was working as a sales director for a large city firm, which I thought was what I wanted, but I had very little confidence in my abilities, and no idea why. I also had very bad relationships with my partner and family, finding it almost impossible to talk about my feelings. Over the course of the last 10 months Maggie has helped me to understand why I was feeling and behaving as I was, and help me to turn things around so that I am now very happy with my lot in life.
At first there appeared to be little structure to our sessions and I did question why I was spending the money “just talking” to a stranger. But after a few months the pieces of the jigsaw started to fit together and a lot of things started to make sense to me.
I have now left the industry that I was in – Maggie helped me discover that I basically hated what I had been doing for the past 8 years, driven by a desire to have an “impressive” job rather than one which I enjoyed. My relationship with my partner is now fantastic, as are my relationships with my family. And I am much more comfortable talking to them about my feelings.
I am also no longer a cynic about the power of the subconscious mind and the value of spending time with a first class therapist like Maggie. It’s not easy, and sometimes I dreaded going to our sessions, but the results are definitely worth the effort.
Maggie, thank you so much for all of your work with me this year. I really don’t know where I would be now if it hadn’t been for your help. I am so much happier now than I have been in many, many, years and am looking forward to the next stage of my life!
Ex Sales Director
Overcoming Depression & Enjoying Better Relationships
When I first started seeing Maggie I felt very unmotivated, lonely and exhausted. It seemed the more I tried to fix things myself, the worse they got. I sought counselling as a last resort, when I simply didn’t know what else to do.
Our sessions were hard work at first. Maggie was very good at challenging the negative way I thought about myself. But she was also a brilliant listener and our sessions were incredibly motivating. She was very good at explaining why I felt the way I did. She made me see that I wasn’t “crazy” or even unusual, which made me feel less isolated. Aside from being someone understanding to talk to, Maggie taught me through exercises to help me practice thinking about myself and my life in a more positive light.
Maggie helped me get to know myself better. She helped me identify things about life that I enjoy, and taught me to feel good about those things! She also helped me identify the things that I didn’t like, and to find the strength to get rid of them! My relationships with my friends and family have greatly improved. I have gone from tolerating life to loving it, including the bumpy bits. I cannot recommend Maggie enough. I will be forever grateful to her.
Learn Techniques to Help with Anxiety, Depression & Addiction
I found my time in therapy with Judy a very positive experience. I had therapy with Judy for about a year and a half. I suffer from generalised anxiety, social anxiety, depression and porn addiction. I tried therapy about ten years ago and it helped me considerably, but I had fallen back into old thinking patterns and forgotten many of the tools I learned.
I tried other therapists a couple of times for several months which didn’t help, but I could tell in the first session Judy was likely to be able to help me. It’s important to find the right therapist for you.
The things I found most helpful about therapy with Judy were:
I felt comfortable talking about very personal things without feeling judged. Talking about my thoughts made me more conscious of them and enabled me to figure out why I felt anxious and/or depressed. With Judy’s help and a different perspective, I was able to challenge negative thoughts & break down problems or issues I faced and come up with a wide range of possible solutions. This process made me feel like a weight was lifted, helped me make much better life decisions and gave me more confidence to go through with things I wanted to do instead of being too scared.
I learned many techniques I could draw upon if I started to feel down or anxious. Having these tools made my emotions feel more manageable. I started to feel more in control and self-sufficient when dealing with negative thoughts and emotions, though this took time and practice.
Learning about the nervous system and how anxiety works helped me understand how I could interrupt the vicious cycle of anxiety. The extra support therapy gave me helped me to feel less isolated and alone with my problems.
The changes I’ve made in my life since starting therapy have made me feel more aligned with myself and significantly increased my levels of happiness. In addition to therapy, I’ve tried medication (sertraline) which I think has made a big difference too. The combination of these two approaches has worked well for me.
It’s not that everything is amazing all the time, I still have anxiety issues but nowhere near as intensely and when I do experience anxiety, it doesn’t bother me as much. I also don’t get the catastrophic lows that I frequently used to experience. I’m happier, more positive and optimistic, I have closer relationships with my family, my feelings of loneliness have almost gone entirely and I’m pursuing a career I feel passionate about. I’m able to look forward to things again and enjoy social situations with good friends. For these reasons, I would recommend therapy with Judy.
I’m still a work in progress but I’ve noticed a big improvement in my life and how I feel.
Building Self-confidence & Assertiveness
This is a testimonial from a young woman who wanted to develop her confidence and assertiveness and through our work effectively tackled some difficult family and personal relationships.
I decided to book a course of counselling as a 30th birthday present to myself. I was aware of wanting to have a bit more confidence and be more assertive and of having a couple of unresolved issues which I would benefit from working though. I picked Maggie after looking at the websites of several therapists in my area and deciding that her working style would suit me best. We had about 10 sessions together and I found them hugely beneficial. I think you get the most out of counselling if you are prepared to put in some ‘homework’ yourself between the sessions. Maggie did a great job of supporting me as I worked through various issues, I felt very comfortable around her and she offered lots of insights each week. I would very much recommend anyone to work with her.
Gain Clarity in Turbulent Relationships
I am 61 and in 2021 I was going through a turbulent time with my marriage as we were both thinking we might be better off going our separate ways. I found that having a regular appointment to talk was like a lifeline at times…knowing I just had to get through to the next appointment. Talking with Dhanesh not only helped me clarify what was going on in my mind but also forced me to consider a little deeper than I would have done on my own.
I didn’t want to burden a friend and also I felt a disloyalty towards my husband by discussing our relationship with someone I know. Talking to a professional counsellor was a much better option for me. It was a very helpful and positive experience and I would highly recommend Dhanesh.
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Learn How to Manage Anxiety Quickly
My experience with Jacqui was excellent – over just 6 sessions we got to the core of my issues and worked through them. I have always deemed myself an anxious person and so I assumed it was normal that as a consequence I was a bad sleeper, a chronic worrier and had negative thoughts about myself. Jacqui quickly helped me realise that this wasn’t the case and I didn’t have to continue down this path if I didn’t want to. We employed a mix of strategies including CBT and looking into my past to better understand my anxiety and how to manage it. It was very easy to talk to Jackie and so I was able to share some deeply personal experiences which ultimately helped me face some demons causing my anxiety. I now understand the causes of my anxiety and have good mechanisms in place to manage my worries and negative thinking, and sleep very well at night! I couldn’t recommend Jacqui more highly.
Sports Strategy Manager Learn more about: Anxiety Therapy
Learn Strategies to Better Manage Anxiety
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Samina. She really helped me in discovering more about myself and finding the root of my anxiety/inability to move on from certain situations. Our time always left me feeling uplifted and positive. She taught me strategies for managing my anxiety and ways to really practice better self-care. These have really helped me build better relationships as well as feel good about myself.
Executive Assistant, London Learn more about: Anxiety Therapy
Improve Your Self-Confidence
When I came to KlearMinds I had started a new relationship and it became apparent to me that I hadn’t fully healed from a past, emotionally abusive relationship.
I hadn’t realised how much I needed to speak with someone until I started working with Samina. She helped me realise my anxieties, where these stemmed from, my triggers and that I wasn’t broken.
I struggled a lot with self confidence, control issues and self image and therapy was invaluable in helping me come up with strategies to overcome this. The work I have done with Samina has had a huge impact on both my romantic relationship and my relationship with myself.
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Get the Support You Need
I honestly can’t thank Madalina enough. I really didn’t think therapy was for me but it’s been the best thing I’ve ever done. I was apprehensive before I went but Madalina has helped me through a great deal. It’s a journey that’s not yet over but one we are working on together. I feel like I’ve had a massive weight lifted off my shoulders and I’ve been able to learn so much about myself and the way I think. I have felt so supported and so much better, I’m so glad I have spoken about it and that I came to see Madalina. Thank you.
Gaining Clarity Out of Confusion
For a complete novice with some trepidation about the entire process, I entered not knowing what to expect. However Vybra provided a welcoming and engaging space, to slowly start to unravel my thoughts. Offering prompts when needed, a gentle push when necessary and advice when asked, I found it a thoroughly beneficial exercise and one I would definitely recommend.
Help to Get Your Life Back on Track
If you’re reading my review, you are probably hesitant to seek therapy, or are sceptical in doing so, or want to find out if it really does work. I was exactly in the same position as you back in June 2019 and am glad I met Maddie who helped me understand myself and situations better. I never thought I would need to attend therapy as I thought I could get through my own problems myself. However, those closest around me suggested I needed to, even though I thought they were wrong.
I suffered from PTSD after a death of a parent, and my life seemed to spiral downwards from there. I was on the verge to break up with my partner who was supporting me through my difficult times. I was in denial for nearly two years and I thought my life was perfectly normal, and my behaviour was no different before the traumatic event. When you’re in a low point in your life, it’s quite difficult to know whether you need help or not, because days usually felt the same for me.
I first contacted the NHS to see if they could help, but they put me on a waiting list to do a group therapy, which would take 4 to 6 weeks. However, rather than waiting for the NHS, I knew I needed to turn things around quickly, or I may talk myself out of seeing a therapist completely.
Speaking to someone like Maddie, confidentially, allowed me to open up fully without being judged. Her sessions helped me understand certain things about myself and helped me get my life back on track, or where I expected it to be anyways. Each session was broken down into sections of things that needed to be discussed, and we went about understanding them in detail. Anything that affected me and was discussed in session 1 for example, was brought up in a session further down the line, to see whether it still affected me or not. We would go through certain events and discussions in detail to find the route of where problems arise and try to fix them until moving completely away from the issue.
I really did not think therapy would work for me, but it did. After a few sessions, my life slowly started to become on track towards a more positive state and even my partner noticed a huge difference in my life. I continued to see Maddie for over 10 sessions, and until I felt better.
Mental health is important and the mind can affect anyone without those even knowing. I have recommended that my friends see Maddie or even a good therapist. I hope therapy works for you.
Remember, only you can make your own decision and I hope you do make the right choice. Please bear in mind that everyone is different and it may take less or more time for other people to get to their ideal place. All the best.
IT Consultant, London
Strategies to Manage Unhelpful Thoughts – Anxiety
My therapist Samina was a supportive and empathetic person. I was sceptical to the idea of counselling at first, however, with Samina’s professional and compassionate attitude, therapy became one of the best decisions I had made. Her expertise and knowledge was outstanding, as was her ability to fully understand my anxieties and needs.
She developed a very suitable therapy for me, which involved facilitating my understanding towards the insecurities I hold and how to manage my unhelpful thoughts. A truly fantastic experience, highly recommended.
Primary School Teacher Learn more about: Anxiety Therapy
Making Decisions & Building Self-Confidence
“I contacted KlearMinds after a particularly frustrating period of self-doubt and indecision in my life. I had never visited a counsellor before, so I was very nervous about what to expect from the session, myself, and the person in this helping role. However, I felt an immediate rapport with Daniela, who allowed me to talk openly about my frustrations at a pace that felt comfortable to me. She was very skilled at helping me establish some context to these thought patterns, and allowed me to indicate when and where I was happy to start and continue themes each week.
Daniela was very empathetic, professional and flexible regarding how we approached the critical emotions that lay underneath everything I was saying. In a short time I felt much better at identifying some of the broad themes that were causing me to feel trapped or unsure of my future decisions, with clear considerations for times when anxiety arose in-between sessions. Seeking counselling at the time that I did was the best thing I have done, and I can say, wholeheartedly, that I haven’t felt this clear and aligned to a recognisable version of a happier me for a very long time. I would recommend KlearMinds counsellors to anyone. Thank you Daniela.
Brand Agency Director Learn more about: Self-Confidence counselling
Overcoming Anxiety – Building Self Confidence
Feelings of extreme anxiety and a lack of confidence that had developed over a period of about 10 years brought me to see Daniella. Although to be honest, I wasn’t really sure how she’d be able to help.
After 12 weeks, I feel like myself again. I’ve learnt to recognise my achievements and control my feelings of anxiety, which has helped me to regain my confidence and given me the motivation to try lots of new things – from a trekking trip to running my first half marathon. Things that previously filled me with panic are now a positive challenge.
I’m genuinely much happier – in both my work and personal life – and actively make plans and look forward to the future.
“Just a bit of an update from me…
Last week I successfully completed a 17 mile trek, with my first half marathon booked for early next year. Not quite sure what I’ve let myself in for!
I’ve also seen a dramatic improvement in my confidence at work and am able to take a calmer approach to solving problems. I’ve been feeling much more motivated and have received some really positive feedback on the proactive work I’ve been doing as a result.
Thanks again for all your help. It really has made such a difference.”
Account director (marketing) Learn more about: Anxiety Therapy
Relationship Break-up – Regaining Self-Confidence
I decided to try therapy after my relationship ended. I wanted to understand why it failed (I blamed myself for it as I have thought that I was “broken”) and I wanted to understand what I was doing wrong and how to change it. I also wanted to be more open, to communicate better, to feel more confident and in control of my life and to be more optimistic about my future.
During therapy we talked about my patterns in behaviour, the way I relate to my partners, the way I think and feel and what do I tell myself in critical situations. We also talked about my childhood and how it influenced the way I am now. The first outcome of the therapy was that I stopped blaming myself for my failed relationship. I realised that I was in fact in an abusive relationship and I also understood why. This discovery has given me an enormous feeling of relief. I felt physically lighter as if a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. Even my friends have noticed this change and were commenting that I seem more relaxed, happier and that I smile more.
Once the relationship issues have been sorted and put aside we started to talk about me, what I wanted and about my future goals. At the beginning it seemed as a daunting task as every time I tried to think about my future I ended up feeling depressed, anxious and stuck. I felt like all the good things were behind me and there was nothing there to look forward. Again we talked about my childhood. I realised that I had a limited influence over my parent’s behaviour and that in fact they had failed me, not the other way round. I stopped blaming myself for my childhood and I understood that I am not “broken” as I have thought all my life. Again this discovery has given me a huge feeling of relief.
After 3 months of therapy I feel stronger and more in control, I trust and respect myself more. I also feel happier and more optimistic about my future. I know there will be ups and downs but I feel that I can handle them. I feel that I will be OK.
I really enjoyed working with Daniella. She was genuinely concerned about my issues and committed to making a difference. Sometimes I would came to the session feeling heavy and blank, as if I had nothing to say and she was able to ask questions that led to the interesting interpretations and as a consequence I felt better; I felt motivated and inspired. She helped me to look at my childhood and at my life differently; by asking questions I have not thought of asking myself, naming the obvious but somehow forgotten; by pointing out patterns that were destructive and helping me to understand where they came from and how to change them. It was thoroughly insightful and satisfying experience.
Overcoming Depression – Building Self Confidence
I came to see Daniella when I was absolutely convinced that I was never going to feel happy again. I broke down in tears every day and felt overwhelmed by small setbacks. As clichéd as it sounds, at that time for me, there was no light at the end of the tunnel and I had sought help to try and find a way to reconcile myself with the fact I would be miserable for the rest of my life.
I had never been to see a therapist before but from the first session (when I said very little and cried a lot), I trusted Daniella and felt comfortable with her. By enabling me to accept that I had been affected by certain experiences and that it was OK that those experiences had affected me, Daniella helped me realise that I wasn’t necessarily always going to feel this way. I started therapy feeling ashamed, like I’d failed and that I should be able to cope with life on my own. Daniella made me see that it was ok to talk to a professional and took the stigma away for me. I have since told quite a few of my friends and their reaction has been nothing but positive.
I could not tell you how Daniella does what she does. All I know is that she made me feel secure enough to face things I had previously avoided by listening, pushing me when I needed it and seemingly being really invested in the journey I took with her.
As a nervous first-timer I was unsure about signing up for lots of sessions but Daniella suggested I do 3 week blocks and then review. I ended up doing 12 sessions in all and I left feeling calmer, more hopeful and happier. I couldn’t ask for more than that.
Overcoming Depression – Building Self-confidence
The review shows how a client uses our review request guidelines to feedback on his experience of working with his therapist Belinda Wilson:
It was a fascinating journey and I learnt a lot about myself, lessons I will hold on to going forward. It is a massive relief for me to get to a clear headspace. Your insights were very reassuring to me.
Here is my feedback:
What problem(s) brought you to see me:
I was feeling depressed and stuck in a mental maze of negative thoughts.
How you found the experience of therapy itself and working with me:
I was a little bit skeptical having had some less than helpful psychologists in the past, however this was much different, I felt like your insights were non-judgmental but really cut to the core of what my issues were.
What you’ve learnt / improvements therapy has made for you in your life:
You helped me to identify my personal needs and to respect myself more than I had been. You also facilitated the space for me to come to these realisations and to really believe them myself. It has also been helpful to have some strategies to combat future mental issues.
Thanks again Belinda for all your help, it has been very helpful to me.
MK, East London. Learn more about: Self-Esteem counselling
Making Sense of Problems
I found Vybra really easy to talk to. I was nervous about therapy/counselling but she had a very relaxed approach and I felt comfortable quickly. Even if you find it hard to talk, I think these counselling sessions are worthwhile as it is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle which has got all messed up.
Making Sense Out of Confusion
They say that an unexamined life is a life not worth living. I have to say that I am not in complete agreement with this dictum.
However, what I do know with absolute certainty is that there are certain complex areas of everyone’s life that do merit/require examination and that this process is best carried out with the help of an expert ‘facilitator’.
Having talked to Vybra Morris on and off for almost five years now I can objectively state that Vybra is perfect for this role because she is reliable, trustworthy, intuitive and perceptive.
Ex Director of Saatchi & Saatchi’
This page was written by Maggie Morrow (MSc, BSc, Adv Dip, UKCP) and medically reviewed in September 2021.