Ikuko Abe

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Relationship Psychotherapist - MA, Dip, BACP (Accred)
Available for new clients
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London, EC1R
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

For individual clients, I would 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.

As well as weekly couples therapy sessions, I also offer a couples therapy / relationship coaching package called Harmonious Relationship Package. This is a condensed package of learning intensively all the tools and techniques over the course of three sessions. I offer a follow-up session a few months afterwards to check in on your progress.

It comprises of these components:

  • Assess the status of your relationship
  • Identify the problem areas
  • Tools to de-escalate arguments
  • Techniques to improve communication
  • Exercises for deeper intimacy
  • Worksheets to continue the work at home
  • Eastern philosophical concepts

Training, qualifications & experience

Accredited member of BACP

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:

Internal Oppressor CPD with Dr Aileen Alleyne

GDPR for Therapists CPD

Boarding School Survivors Group Supervision with Nick Duffell

Neuroscience (Poly Vagal 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 run a successful private practice and an online business. Previously I have worked as a counsellor at organisations such as Relate (couples and families), Place2Be (play therapy with children), CRI (substance misuse, addiction), Sunflower Centre (domestic violence).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

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

Therapies offered

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£120.00 - £180.00

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Vitality
  • Aviva

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Please note any emails received over the weekend will be read and responded to on the Monday.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms



In person
Home visits

I run a monthly supervision group for East Asian therapists, as well as individual supervision. Please enquire, if you'd like to join!

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