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Counselling & Psychotherapy & Coaching Reviews from Our Clients

Many of our clients have kindly written a counselling review to provide you with an idea of what can be achieved with a KlearMinds counsellor and psychotherapist.

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 & Depression – Improving Career & Relationship

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

Learn more about our: Depression counselling, Anxiety Therapy, Relationship Counselling and Career Coaching

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

Regaining Control – Depression, Career & Relationships

I went to see Harika feeling like I had lost control of many aspects of my life, unable to express my frustrations and with many dark thoughts taking me over. Within the space of three weeks Harika was able to help me identify why I was feeling as I was and helped me with a number of mechanisms not just to cope but to overcome.

The sessions helped me enormously not least because for once I was able to vocalise what I was feeling rather than bottling everything up. In a short space of time this all helped my sense of self-awareness, self-confidence and ultimately made me feel like I could take back control.

As someone who has always regarded therapy as an admission of failure and had to be dragged into doing it, I can’t believe how helpful it has been. Harika is a fantastic listener, totally empathetic and professional.

International Journalist – Major TV Network

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

Gain Confidence

I suffer from anxiety and have for a number of years. It started with work then began to affect my daily life. I started to see Madalina once a week and I cannot recommend her enough. Madalina helped turn my life around and helped me regain confidence in myself, work and in my day to day life.

Madalina was so understanding and honest with me, she created a comfortable environment which I felt safe to share my worries, no matter how irrational I thought they were. Before finding KlearMinds I tried other therapies which didn’t work for me. Madalina however, is really easy to talk to, I didn’t feel intimidated or any judgement.

Actrice, London       Learn more about: Confidence Coaching

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.

Sales Director

Career 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

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

Transform Your Thought Process – Career, Anxiety & Depression

I came to Harika at a time when I was feeling anxiety and depression, which caused me to feel low and unhappy with both my work (which can be high-pressure at times and is a male-dominated environment) and personal life. Through changing my thought process and outlook by working with Harika, I feel I have changed not only as a person, but gone through an immense level of personal growth. The things that used to bother me no longer do and I am more effective than ever at my job, which has been noticed by myself and others, including senior management within my firm. I am the happiest I have ever been in my life and work, and feel that this is fundamentally down to the sessions I have had with Harika. I cannot speak highly enough of her.

Investments / Finance Professional

Developing Tools to Navigate Difficult Life Changes

I was looking for a therapist for a number or reasons, including preparing for life directional changes and a country move after 25 years in London, dealing with a family death and consequential issues and boosting self esteem amongst other areas. I wanted someone who could help me stay present and look forward, not back. I needed a new tool set to prepare for critical life changes and help deal with recurring situations I never got quite right. I hoped to find a coach rather than what I thought was a therapist.

Harika ended up ticking all of the boxes and much more. My sessions with Harika are really productive. I always come away with bits of wisdom I must write down and equipped with ways to manage various circumstances. Very importantly, she continues to remind me of the importance of taking care and valuing one’s self. With this in mind, Harika is teaching me how to become more grounded. Funnily friends have noticed a difference in me. I enthusiastically recommend working with Harika and feel blessed to have found her.

Independently Wealthy Individual       Learn more about: Psychotherapy for Self-Confidence

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

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

Tackle Anxiety – Career and Relationships

I came to Klearminds to help during a time I was feeling particularly anxious and struggling to keep on top of a changing career, new relationship and long term issues I wanted to tackle. I worked with Madalina over 5 months and it really helped me with managing my day-to-day anxieties and the root cause problems. I highly recommend them.

Business Consultant, 30       Learn more about: Counselling for Anxiety

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

           

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

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

Practical Techniques for Managing Stress, Depression & Anxiety

Working with Harika over the past year has been a cornerstone for greatly improving my depression and anxiety and I’d highly recommend therapy with her to others. At a basic level, Harika provides a secure and trusting environment to open up and vocalise your feelings. It was reassuring to know that there was always an upcoming session available where I could speak to someone about the latest challenges and developments, it gave me a sense that I was making continual progress and was tackling the problem, and I always left the sessions with a greater sense of calm and positivity. On another level, Harika’s wealth of experience in general wellbeing not only provided a number of practical day-to-day techniques for managing stress, but also offered new ways of looking at things that fundamentally shifted my perspective over time, towards something more rounded, balanced and healthy. This is something that I will take with me for a lifetime and I am very grateful.

Business Consultant      Learn more about: Counselling for Stress Management

Handle Relationship Stressors and Conflict Constructively

Harika employs a multitude of therapies from both Western and Eastern disciplines and her approach has been a breath of fresh air versus other psychologists who tend to be single threaded.

My daily experiences, ability to handle stressful corporate environments, and personal and professional relationships have become infinitely more pleasant and productive as a direct result of my therapy with Harika. I can’t recommend her enough for anyone facing difficulties and challenges in their personal and professional lives.

Corporate Management /Software Sales      Learn more about: Counselling for Stress Management

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.

Learn more about: Confidence Coaching

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.

Hospitality, London

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!

Lawyer

Find Help at the Right Pace

Harika helped turn my life around. I always had trouble asking for help and, even when I sought it out, there remained a significant part of me that wanted to sabotage it, reject it or prove to myself that I didn’t need help or that nobody, in fact, could help me. I was immediately impressed, on first contacting Klearminds, by their understanding of my situation and their care to find the right person for me and Harika was brilliant at understanding the pace at which therapy should go and what issues should be looked at and when.

Digital Media for Media Company

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 spiraling 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

Understand Yourself Better and Progress

Harika has been an immense source of support and guidance for me throughout our sessions. She has helped me progress so much that I am unable to hardly recognise the person I was at the start of our sessions!

Her approach of starting by focussing on the issues that were most pressing gave me immediate relief and through discussing these she has enabled me to go into more deep rooted issues and the causes of these, enabling me to understand myself better and come up with workable resolutions.

What makes her so successful is her extremely non-judgemental, patient and calm manner, meaning that I have only felt comfortable and at ease in our sessions. In addition to offering excellent pragmatic advice, she often offers a spiritual perspective which not only has broadened my mind but adds a richness to our sessions which I really enjoy.

Financial Analyst

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!

Financial Services

Develop Tools to Cope Through Difficult Times

I started my sessions with Harika at a very difficult time in my life. I felt extremely overwhelmed, alone and was struggling to communicate my feelings with family and friends. Through her empathy and support, Harika provided me with a safe space to speak about my struggles and to feel heard.

My sessions with Harika have provided me with tools to cope and manage through difficult times and the confidence to set healthy boundaries in my life in order to honour myself. I now feel able to communicate how I feel with others, feeling less worried about what others may think. I can see how much my confidence has grown since our first session and I generally feel much more positive about myself and life.

Legal Consultant in Insurance

Overcoming Stress

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.

Full-time Mother

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

Overcoming Depression & Skepticism About Counselling Effectiveness

When I first came to see Harika I was crippled by my negative thoughts and anxiety. I had put off getting any help for a while as I was skeptical about just how effective the sessions could be, however I was proven wrong after just a few weeks.

I found my sessions with Harika to be incredibly helpful. She was very good at explaining why I was feeling the way I was which reassured me that I was not alone and my feelings were normal. She provided me with a tool kit to use to fight my depression which has helped me regain my confidence and change the way I look at life. After a few months I finally feel like myself again and I know that the tools she has given me will help me in the future.

Thank you Harika!

Finance       Learn more about our: Depression 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!

Investment Banker

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

Help to Move Beyond Trauma

I found therapy to be really helpful and find myself in a much better position. Harika was very good at listening and insightful. The trauma therapy was very useful, but most useful of all for me were the thought provoking questions. Earlier sessions helped me to better understand internalised behaviours and to re-evaluate whether these were values I wanted to buy into now. It has been helpful to step back and question; to stop and appreciate where I am rather than where I thought I ought to be. My progress in therapy leaves me feeling much happier moving forward.

Real Estate Agent

Gain Clarity and Progress in Life

I would like to thank you so much for all your help in such hard times of my life. You have {Harika} made me feel so comfortable from the beginning, you have been warm, kind and your help has brought a lot of light and clarity in my life, you have helped me feel safe again and words cannot touch on how much your helps means to me, I am not very good at goodbyes and i think it’s because we will be in touch again, and I hope it will be in better times and it will be to show you my progress and how much you have helped me. If anyone ever has any doubts about asking and seeking help, they should not feel that when contacting you because you can help anyone and I have experienced it.

Accounts, Finance Industry

Reduce Symptoms of Severe Anxiety and Depression

Harika helped me so much. She is very intuitive and can always tell when something is off. I had been dealing with severe anxiety and depression and Harika helped me talk through my issues and work through a lot of my past traumas. We did EMDR together and this was really helpful for me, triggering the start of my serious recovery.

Harika is kind and patient and really cares for her clients, even after they have moved on. She was really helped me and I will always be grateful to her.

Teacher

Overcoming Anxiety

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.

Investment Banker

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.

Lawyer

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.

Editor, Publishing

Reduce and Better Manage Workplace Anxiety and Panic

I sought help from Harika having started to suffer from anxiety and panic attacks at work; something I had never had before in a 25-year career. I saw Harika weekly for 5 months. As soon as I met Harika I felt calm and in good hands. She is natural, welcoming, warm and good fun and knows how to put you at ease. Harika was quick to identify I was suffering physically and mentally from a period of prolonged stress having worked in a high-pressure environment for over a year. Understanding the science behind what my body and mind were doing was like switching on a light. I was able to immediately start conversations at work about my wellbeing that I hadn’t realised were a year overdue.

Weekly sessions with Harika mainly focused on the root causes of work-related anxiety but naturally we also discussed matters in my personal life. I enjoyed exploring situations in my past and present and thinking about the future. Harika was great at identifying patterns of behaviour that were not helpful to me and put measures in place to help break negative cycles. She also calmed my anxious mind during the early stages of a new relationship and enabled me to look at life through my new partner’s eyes. She actually stopped me from sabotaging what has turned out to be a fantastic long-term relationship.

Harika is a very experienced and knowledgeable counsellor, mentor and coach. She is a great listener and creates an environment where you can discuss anything without fear of misinterpretation or judgement. She is empathetic and is also honest and direct; something I believe is essential if you are to really face up to your issues and take positive action. She has an expansive and inspiring toolkit of stories, quotes, methodologies and techniques to draw upon and offers a balance of practical, emotional and spiritual support. Important to me was feeling that I was taking action outside of the sessions and Harika gave me a variety of homework activities which I thoroughly enjoyed, whether it be to put my feelings towards my boss onto paper, to enlist friends in the development of my career plans or to read a relevant book.

The sessions with Harika not only stopped my work place and personal life anxieties but also gave me practical ways to manage my thoughts, feelings, emotions and behaviours going forwards. I became more confident at addressing work place issues and when I was made redundant (a long-held fear that had initially fuelled my anxiety) I was able to draw directly on what Harika had taught me. I can’t recommend her highly enough.

Managing Director, Interiors and Architecture       Learn more about: Psychotherapy for Anxiety & Panic

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.

Financial Analyst

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.

Advertising Director

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.

Consultant

Help to Get Your Life Back on Track

If you’re reading my review, you are probably hesitant to seek therapy, or are skeptical 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

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.

Transport Planner

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.

Civil Servant

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.

Organisation Fundraiser

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’