I am Ioana, a "no fluff" therapist, on a mission to help you reconnect with yourself after childhood and attachment trauma. My goal is to help you create healthy and fulfilling relationships with yourself and others by learning to love and accept all parts of you.
"Our connection with others can only be as deep as our connection with ourselves. If I don't know and understand who I am and what I need, want and believe, I can't share myself with you."
"No fluff" therapy to reconnect with your true self
I am a therapist and I also know what it is like to not feel good enough, to think that you are stuck, lacking purpose and to be too overwhelmed to change anything because you do not even know where to start. I also know what it is like to overcome these, to get to a point where you have the confidence that the relationship you want is within reach and to live feeling connected to your true values. My job is to be a therapist but my mission is to empower you to reconnect with your true self!
I am interested in exploring how your childhood wounds now affect your relationships. We know that your early life experiences influence the beliefs you develop about yourself, the world, and your future. These beliefs also shape your behaviours and the interactions you have with others. Whether you describe yourself as a people-pleaser, self-sacrificer, codependent, perfectionist, or a worrier, or you think you have an insecure attachment style, I would love to work with you.
I can help you explore the impact of your life story and teach you ways to have a better relationship with yourself and others, whether that is by learning to say no, managing anxiety, having healthier boundaries, being more confident, or finding meaning in life. We work collaboratively and I support you fully along the way to achieve your goals.
In relationship coaching, I work with people who want healthier, more secure relationships, whether their relationship is plagued by constant conflict or unresolved issues such as infidelity or betrayal. I can help you to become a better communicator, navigate conflict, understand how beliefs and emotions influence one another and contribute to the relationship dynamics you experience.
The focus is on you.
I am in the trenches with you, I don't just spew theory.
Nothing gives me more joy than working with someone who is willing and ready to explore and change some of the unhelpful ways trauma affected their lives. I am your biggest cheerleader, I am here to support you along the way, and the more effort you put in, the more I give you.
I help you make sense of repeating unhelpful patterns
I help you make sense of how what has happened to you has shaped your view of yourself and the world as well as help you to understand your behaviours and reactions. It is not always about getting rid of these patterns as often they have served a great purpose in your life, but it is about empowering you to make choices that align with your values.
I am not a one-trick pony
My training is in cognitive behavioural therapy, however, in the work I do, I blend in a range of different approaches. Coming to therapy is meant to serve you, rather than you having to fit into a predefined box. My work is informed by knowledge and experience in CBT, schema therapy, compassion-focused therapy, mindfulness and attachment theory.
I use a trauma-informed approach
At the heart of what I do is working using a trauma-informed lens which often means taking into account more than just our thoughts and behaviours. It means understanding our past in context, understanding ourselves and our human needs, and working with the body to let go of trauma.
Reasons why people come to me
People have their own reasons for seeking therapy or coaching. Oftentimes, there is a commonality in the reasons why people seek out help and this tends to match my area of expertise.
They struggle with having a good relationship with themselves
They have trust issues, excessive jealousy or fears of being abandoned
They are high achievers with perfectionistic traits and are struggling to enjoy life
They feel stuck in life, lacking a true meaning and purpose
They may feel like a failure, worthless, unlovable or feel like an imposter
They have unresolved trauma or childhood issues that still impact their lives
They feel low, anxious or depressed
They experience anxiety, resentment and disconnection in their relationships
They have people-pleasing tendencies and lack assertiveness
They feel lost in their career and unsure where to go next
They have dreams and aspirations but fear failure
They experience a lot of shame, guilt and worry about taking up space
This incredible therapist changed my life! Ioana taught me how to find peace within and how to live a more complete and whole life. I felt that Ioana was totally on my side, never judged me and had faith in me to grow and get past the heavy clouds that hovered over me for nearly two decades. Twenty years' worth of depression and Ioana was the therapist that cracked it. She is honest, kind, caring, real, she is absolutely everything you could want, telling your hardest and deepest thoughts. Ioana is professional and knowledgeable, she has a way of walking through your pains with you, besides you. I am ever thankful to her