Dania provided a safe environment for the internal work I needed to do to better myself as a person. I was able to tackle issues and past experiences in an effective way and would say that I have benefitted a lot from my counseling sessions with Dania.
Dania Akondo has spent time to fully understand me. I came to Dania Akondo helped me feel like I was myself. with so much trauma including race trauma, rejection, fear. I used to feel like I did not fit. Dania has helped and guided me to myself. In these sessions, for the first time, I was safe. In the past I have been scared of judgement or misunderstanding between me and therapists. Dania made me feel safe, free of judgement and most of all, she takes her time to understand her clients. I have never felt fully understood or able to speak freely up until my sessions with Dania. Dania listened to what I had to say, she took the time to understand where I was coming from, she helped me to understand myself. In the past, I felt scared of being judged by other therapists, which is a worry especially apparent in the UK mental health system as there is a lack of diverse professionals. Going into therapy sessions with Dania, I was allowed to be open, without the fear of miss judgment. Dania is a breath of fresh air. Due to this being a safe space I opened up about my problems reading/studying and getting through school, work and life. As I'm currently studying for a Masters and struggling, after talking this through, I wondered if I should get tested for learning differences, Dania worked through my fears and gave me the confidence I needed to make this step. This is something Dania helped me to realise. I had fears around approaching the Wellbeing and disability team at my University, we addressed and worked through my fears. I took this guidance onboard and was tested for learning differences. I have now been given a life changing diagnosis of ADHD and Dyslexia at the age of 27. I'm now able to help myself learn and get through life. Understanding how my brain works and how I think differently has changed my life. Dania gave me the tools to take ownership of my life. To understand who I am, and who I want to be, most importantly, she has enabled me to live in my authenticity and given me the confidence to take on my dreams. She never judged or imposed anything on me. Dania always kept up with my ADHD brain, the ramblings and the millions of trails of thoughts and experiences I was sharing with her, all at once. I never felt the need to change myself to fit these sessions and was allowed to speak freely, which really helped me. I'm a British Indian-Caribbean woman living in London. With Dania Akondo I have felt heard, listened to and understood. I came to Dania with so much trauma. Dania Akondo has guided me to the point where I have been able to address my trauma and blockages. I have been able to understand my trauma, heal through my trauma, and come out on the other side so much stronger, authentic and at peace with myself. Through these sessions I have gained tools that will last a lifetime. I started sessions feeling very closed in, scared and fearful of society and everything around me. I lacked confidence and had low self-worth. Dania has helped me to work through this, as well as working through trauma I had been carrying with me including family trauma, social anxiety, trauma about race and much more. Dania has helped me to gain a sense of self-worth and confidence. Before my sessions, I felt unable to speak in social situations. Through these sessions I have been able to find my voice. Dania has also given me resources that I can continuously go back to and refer to, when I need a little help. Sessions with Dania have led to two life changing diagnoses of ADHD and Dyslexia that has completely changed the trajectory of my life and what I think I'm able to accomplish (all my dreams!!)
I contacted Dania because I was in a season of my life where I wanted to identify the roots of my emotional triggers and her profile and her approach was exactly what I was looking for. She is professional, patient, empathetic, insightful and she created a trusted and safe environment for me to share my thoughts, emotions and experiences. Working with her has been extremely revealing. I managed to identify some of the roots of those triggers but also to use practical solutions to not let them overtake me that I still use today. Indeed I had to deconstruct some of my negative core beliefs, biased expectations, unhelpful behaviours and emotions, all thanks to Dania.
My experience with Dania has been amazing. She has been kind and patient, really made me feel like there was a light at the end of the tunnel. Our sessions really helped and after struggling with mental health issues for so long it was nice to feel in control again in a way.She offers personalised advices and counselling and has been a great guide to me, helping me navigate through difficult situations and challenges for quite some time. I always advise her to friends and family and could not think of anyone better as a therapist.
Imagine a world where the distant sun shines but you're unable to fully bask in its majesty because your eyes cannot comprehend it's light...yet. Now imagine your eyes slowly begin to open but are only strong enough to enjoy the lush green grass around you; and the beautiful trees dancing as if listening to someone singing sweet songs. Then one day you finally have the strength to partially open your eyes, you get a glimpse of the sun and feel it growing something healthy in you, like it's gifting you the very thing that makes the flowers flourish in the fields. Where it's growing inside of you, you don't know yet but you're excited about it. This is what therapy with Dania is like
During my sessions with Dania, I sensed her genuine desire to help me get to the bottom of my worries. They were always helpful, and left me feeling positive and confident to face my anxieties with useful tools. Being a black woman, it was great to speak to someone freely who understands the black experience
I was trying to find out who I was, overcome my anxiety and gain confidence in myself after escaping years of indoctrination in a religious cult. I was really lost when I decided to take care of myself and seek professional assistance. Dania really helped me by being a good listener and teaching me how to control my mind and defeat thoughts that caused my fears and low self-esteem. Session were packed with actionable advice and readings that help me gain more confidence. I left the final session with a sense of light-heartedness that I hadn't felt in a looooong time. I believe in myself and can't wait to see what the future holds right now. Thank you Dania!
Dania is an empathetic listener and a kind soul. Besides ticking boxes in the type of therapist I wanted. I chose her over others because I loved her energy and friendly vibe even just from our initial phone conversation. She helped me better understand my childhood traumas and how they've manifested in me today; I'm a lot more aware of my behaviours, the way I function and the patterns in situations I find myself in since our sessions.