About Me

My name is Rachel Anyika and I am a qualified integrative relational therapist based in London, England. My training has been in psychodynamic individual & couples counselling and humanistic integrative therapy, on BCAP accredited courses. My clinical placement during training was with a NHS counselling service. I am now working in private practice.
I became interested in psychology after a journey of self-discovery which started around seven years ago. During my adolescence and throughout my 20's, I was often insecure, anxious and detached from my emotions. However, though these issues were shaping my life and relationships, I was not consciously aware of them. That is until a series of challenging events and people entered my life over a short period of time. In response I found I had no control over my emotional reactions, my self-esteem plummeted, negative thoughts took control and I reached a rock bottom point in my life.  I realised I had no idea who I really was, how to love myself or how to have fulfilling relationships. But this time instead of looking to outside factors for blame and validation, I choose to look inside for the answers. I needed to rebuild myself with strong foundations. I looked at my patterns and where they had come from. Uncovered my judgements and limiting core beliefs. 
During this time I also signed up to an acting class teaching the Stanford Meisner technique. This technique is designed to stop actors overthinking what they should be doing and into feeling real emotions and experiencing genuine reactions. In classes we were encouraged to feel and express every emotion we would normally suppress in real life, even the often repressed emotions like anger and sadness. I witnessed alpha males break down on the ground, overcome with tears, then emerge with an unexpected sereneness like a weight had lifted off their shoulders. The simple act of being given permission to feel emotions in a non-judgemental environment having such a profound effect. I knew then that understanding emotions was key.
With so many questions I found the knowledge of others who had researched, experienced and learned from similar issues to be instrumental in changing my life for the better. It helped me learn how to love myself, how to fully love others, communicate effectively and know what I needed in a relationship. Most importantly it made me realise that I wanted to help pass that knowledge on and Emotion Enhancement was created as part of this.
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