About me

Please have a look at my video intro here:

https://youtu.be/m4wJ4eXutII

As a couple therapist and family counsellor, I am here to facilitate you and your partner or family members to build empathy, understanding and connection through identifying familiar behaviour patterns, exploring family and cultural backgrounds and trying alternatives in a safe environment. Often couples argue because they become stuck in a rigid pattern. By unpacking and deconstructing an argument, we can work through why you feel distressed, confused, defensive, or unhappy.

Have you or your partner had an affair?
Do you want to separate or divorce?
Are you unhappy with your sex life?

These are all the questions that couples bring to my practice. If you feel they apply to you and want to work through them, please give me a call to discuss further on 07757 215168.

For individual clients, I would help empower you to make your own choices, offer a space to explore the difficulties you are experiencing, delve into and resolve past or recent issues, identify your inner strengths and resources to work through your difficulties. We will work together at your own pace, without fear of criticism or blame. I always endeavour to provide a warm, caring and sensitive space that feels safe and confidential.

For all of us, life can sometimes be a challenging or meaningless struggle. We may feel stuck, helpless, overwhelmed or lonely. When we feel these strong emotions, sometimes this leads to feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. What we often seek is clarity and understanding. Counselling is an opportunity to talk to someone who is impartial, in a safe and confidential environment. You may find that it is a relief to be able to share your most personal, intimate thoughts and feelings, when you don't want to burden your friends and family. It is also an opportunity to gain insight and self-awareness, in order to lead a more fulfilling life. Many people find it a positive, life-changing experience. I believe it is the best way of finding our true self and therefore the best gift we can give ourselves.

Please feel free to discuss any concerns you have by calling 07757 215168. When you are happy to commit, we can then agree to work together, usually on a weekly basis.

For supervision, please see my supervision profile and my website.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications:
Certificate in Supervision at CSTD
Level 7 MA Relationship Therapy at Relate Institute
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Professional Development training days attended:

GDPR for Therapists CPD

Boarding School Survivors Group Supervision with Nick Duffell

Neuroscience (polyvagal theory) in therapy CPD

Suicide prevention CPD at Mental Health Academy

Sensorimotor psychotherapy CPD by Dr Pat Ogden

Group supervision module at CSTD
Core and Therapeutic modules in supervision at CSTD
Certificate in Understanding Sex Addiction at Relate
Certificate in Awareness of Safeguarding Children at Medway Safeguarding
Certificate in Domestic Violence and Abuse: Assessment and Intervention at Relate
Certificate in Loss and Bereavement at Relate Institute
Certificate in Domestic Violence and Abuse: Awareness and Safety at Relate Institute
Certificate in Safeguarding Vulnerable Young People at Bird College
Certificate in Making Endings at Place2Be
Certificate in Understanding Trauma at the Albany Centre
Certificate in Working with Metaphor at Place2Be
Certificate in Helping Children Tell Their Stories at Place2Be
Child Protection and Safeguarding at Place2Be
Child Protection training at Place2Be
Working in Schools training at Place2Be

Other relevant work experiences:
I work with couples and relationship issues in private practice, as well as students at Rose Bruford College. Previously I have worked at Relate, Bird College, Place2Be. I have experience of working with Substance Misuse and Addiction at CRI and also victims of Domestic Violence referred from the Sunflower Centre. I have had some Autism training while volunteering at Home-Start.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Boarding school survivors, intercultural issues, cultural identity, interracial relationships, spiritual insights, Buddhist mindfulness.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Integrative
  • Intercultural Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Fees

From £90.00 to £130.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£90 for individuals, £110 couples, £130 for family/group of more than 2.

If you need a concession, please let me know, I have a few spaces for lower fee. Payment is due on the day of the session by bank transfer.

Cancellation policy: any missed or cancelled sessions are charged a full fee, unless a 48-hour notice has been given.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday - Saturday 8:00-20:00

Further information

The practice is a 5 minute-walk from Farringdon Station (tube and Thameslink).

This location is not wheelchair accessible.

I am fully insured and hold an enhanced DBS check.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups

Additional languages

Japanese

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I am a CSTD-trained supervisor offering holistic and integrative supervision to counsellors / psychotherapists working with individual adults, couples, families and counsellors / psychotherapists in training.

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Ikuko Abe

Ikuko Abe