Banana Leaves

TESTIMONIALS

 

Before I started CBT with Rhianna,  I was making myself miserable in a cycle of negative self talk. My constant berating of myself was taking a huge amount of time and energy and clouding my decisions in my personal, creative and professional life. Working with Rhianna, has been transformational for me. Through our sessions I learnt how to tackle my negative thoughts and understand why I was having them. I now feel I have gained an empowered understanding of my mental health, and my triggers.  Since starting therapy I’ve been able to reach outside of myself again and get involved in things I’ve discouraged myself from doing in the past. I’ve been able to enjoy my time more freely both alone and with others.


I feel like a massive weight has been lifted off my shoulders and Rhianna is completely to thank for that! I always felt I was able to be honest and open in our zoom sessions and she was amazing at finding the balance between guiding me through the steps of CBT and allowing me to discover them for myself. In  committing to this therapy, I now have a strong foundation of tools and understanding to grow and work from . I’m optimistic about the future, which feels miraculous in such an uncertain time and is so different to how I was feeling only eight weeks ago.   


Thank you so much Rhianna, you’ve really changed my life.

I contacted Melissa 3 months ago because I was struggling with anxiety. Straight away she was able to point out the reasoning behind it and also show me what habits I was doing that was making it worse. From then, with weekly zoom sessions, Melissa taught me a range of different ways of controlling how I was feeling. 


Throughout the whole process Melissa was incredibly encouraging and I found it very easy to be open and honest with her. She sympathised with me without allowing me to worry more. 


I’m very glad that I reached out to Melissa. She has helped me greatly in becoming more relaxed and able to express my opinions and emotions. 

I felt quite satisfied with my time in therapy with Monica, as if I had not attended I would still be beating myself up on a routine basis with no sense of how I should be compassionate. The whole process was kind, and I felt I was in a space that permitted me to open up without judgement or assumption. 


Prior to therapy I felt that I was totally at fault for everything I felt at the time, and that all mistakes were entirely on my shoulders. Now, I have a better understanding of how my mind blows worries out of proportion, and makes them seem like reality before any real evidence has been collected to prove them as true.

I approached Rhianna as I was struggling with PTSD symptoms, immense pain, fear, and unnecessary guilt caused by a trauma I experienced when I was 16. Before my therapy sessions with Rhianna, I tried many ways to heal myself like yoga, meditation, career changes, reading, and although I made some progress, I was not able to keep consistent and it seemed as though my daily life still consisted of mainly anxiety, haunting memories, flashbacks, and confusion.


These issues seemed to be really ingrained in me and I was losing hope. From day one of CBT, Rhianna has patiently helped me to reformulate the impact of this trauma on my life. She has been diligent, reassuring, and compassionate throughout the entire healing process which allowed me to comfortably open up and trust her, but also trust myself. I felt like a co-pilot whilst being gently guided. I felt safe and making these deeper shifts within me, through CBT, led to a real transformation. Everything quickly started to fall into place.


Rhianna’s work was insightful, subtle, and really powerful. The results of CBT have been highly effective and the transformation in how I feel is remarkable. I no longer suffer daily with PTSD symptoms and anxiety and feel much more clarity and lightness mentally. Such a huge weight has lifted, and I feel as though I have been released from anchors which held me back for years. Before CBT, I found my mind was constantly either living in the past, or worried about the unforeseeable future.


Rhianna has an extraordinary presence that has the power to bring you right back home and recenter. This allowed me to become more present and view things from a much healthier perspective which contributed immensely to my healing. This newfound internal freedom has exceeded all my expectations. I now have the capacity to move forward in life. 

Rhianna has quite literally saved my life and I will forever be grateful. 

Before beginning therapy with Rhianna I had dug myself deep into a philosophical hole and couldn't see a way out. For many months, all of my time had become dedicated to solving existential problems that had no answer, leading to perpetual anxiety, poor performance at work and a difficulty enjoying life.


Rhianna immediately made me feel at ease with her calm and gentle demeanor, and right off the bat identified an intolerance of uncertainty as the root of the problem. She taught me that my symptoms of OCD and anxiety are perpetuated every time I try and answer a philosophical question, and to only answer them if I truly wanted to, rather than as a compulsion for short term relief from anxiety.


Rhianna always took the time to listen to me in detail, and worked alongside me to develop a tailor made solution that combined elements of CBT and ACT. Following on from her advice, I now feel confident that I have my life back and can begin enjoying life to the fullest and giving my all at work. I couldn't recommend Rhianna highly enough, she truly turned my life around.

I contacted Rhianna not long after a previous trauma incident was triggered, which had immediate consequences to my normal daily routine and mentality. She was incredibly accommodating and ensured a way in which I could begin the therapy as soon as possible, which at the time was necessary and I am so grateful for. Having not really received much therapy before, alongside the emotional distraught and guilt I was putting myself through, I was hugely assured by Rhianna that this process was the right path for me, which through our sessions, I really embraced and was thankful for her time and patience in guiding through this cognitive process.


Throughout the sessions, Rhianna brought an energy (even through a screen) that was calming and gentle, a person I had no fear to release my inner thoughts and emotions with. The work we undertook together was very insightful, scientifically and psychologically; I learnt so much about myself and the brain, which for a mind like mine which is quite pragmatic and logistical, gave me good reason and necessity to fulfil the tasks we completed together. This togetherness allowed for a sense of ease during this process, as I never felt I was alone with the guidance from Rhianna. 


The results from my CBT sessions have undoubtedly created greater clarity in my mentality towards my PTSD and I have not suffered daily anxiety towards these triggers since our sessions. The process was thorough and clear, allowing my mind to now make sense of an incident and its repercussions I did not understand before. But now I can certainly say I do, and I am sure this knowledge will transfer itself to other periods of my life as I continue. I really sense a transformation in my mentality towards mental health and how to approach these conversations with myself and others.


I give Rhianna the highest of recommendations, for her knowledge, care and enlightenment, that gave me a chance to re-evaluate my mind, ease my emotions, and allows me to continue living with a greater sense of freedom. Thank you.

I started working with Rhianna due to struggling with social anxiety, while also experiencing low mood. Issues around anxiety and mood have been prevalent in my life for over 10 years and in the past I often struggled to see a way forward. I opted to give zoom sessions with Rhianna a go as I felt my life was desperately in need of some therapeutic intervention.


Working with Rhianna was an absolute pleasure, as she created such a calming and supportive environment. During my sessions, I felt as if I had a truly safe space to be myself, something that I often struggled with. Rhianna’s personal qualities often shone through in the sessions, her adaptability meant that I always had the chance to bring contemporary issues to a session if I needed. The ability to actively listen and provoke thoughtful reflections that can alter individuals perceptions is something that Rhianna often displays. I must say that all of her skills are supplemented by her humour and wittiness, making her even more personable.


In regards to the content of the sessions, Rhianna’s expertise in CBT is of the highest level and that came across even over our zoom sessions. The sessions were tailored around a formulation I completed early on with Rhianna, this made the content feel very specific and personal to me. Every tool used by Rhianna was always made available to me and I could always contact her if I needed more. The fact that sessions were over zoom did not take away at all from what I gained, in fact physically being in the comfort of my own home helped me to relax. I would wholeheartedly recommend sessions with Rhianna as they’ve changed the whole trajectory of my life and reinstalled hope of there being better days to come.