Ivana Franekova- Psychotherapist specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Life Coach

Thank you for visiting my website. I am an experienced Cognitive Behavioral Therapist & Life Coach.  I have a Degree (Diploma) in Psychotherapy and I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy.

I also have a Life Coaching Diploma- Advanced Life Coaching Skills and a Corporate & Executive Coaching Diploma.

Originally I trained as a Pediatric Nurse; however, it was always my dream to study Psychological therapies.

My main practices are located in The City Of London, United Kingdom and Stanmore, Greater London. During current Covid pandemic, I currently work Online only (Skype/ Zoom). I will start offering face-to-face appointments as soon as it deemed safe by our governing body.

My main expertise is Anxiety Treatment.

 We all feel Anxiety on some level in our daily lives. Healthy levels of Anxiety are beneficial to us; it drives us forward, it motivates us, it gives us that ‘buzz’ we need to get through the tricky situations. Our brain can not distinguish between Good and Bad Anxiety; it is the meaning, or the view, we take of the situations that determines how we are going to feel. So you see, if you think of an event as ‘happy’ (wedding, birth of a child), you feel good anxiety; if you think delivering a work presentation will be a catastrophe, you will experience bad, or unhealthy, Anxiety. It’s all in our minds!

You may think about coming to therapy when your Anxiety is no longer healthy and under control. If you’ve had bad anxiety over a number of years, left untreated, you may be experiencing ‘Chronic Anxiety’. There are many types of Anxiety, but I will simply put it into two categories: Work-Related Anxiety and Personal Anxiety. With both, you may be experiencing negative physical symptoms (sweaty hands, headache, feeling sick or throwing up, heart racing, difficulty breathing) and psychological symptoms (distorted thoughts, inability to think clearly, emotions jumbled up). Negative behaviours automatically follow: Escape, Avoidance, Withdrawal, Procrastination at work- a downward Anxiety spiral.

My treatment methods combine Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy and Coaching. I find these two types of interventions work well together. In addition to one -to-one sessions, I also offer Programs, Workshops and Retreats.

I have had my advice published in a number of magazine, including Pick Me Up, Women & Health, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Metro, The Sybarite.

‘I have completed ‘Deliver Killer Presentation Workshop’ with Ivana 3 weeks ago and I can not recommend it enough. My Anxiety nerves were so bad, I thought of resigning from the job I loved and looking for another job. I’m so glad I didn’t resign as I would simply transfer my Anxiety from one place to the next. The workshop saved my job and my sanity, literally. I had been much more confident and competent at presentations since the workshop. Not only that, but my sales and communication skills improved as well. Really wonderful workshop, worth three times as much.’

Michaela E., HSBC Bank

‘I would not hesitate to recommend Ivana to anyone who is looking for help.

Quite simply she is excellent.

From the moment you meet Ivana, you know you are dealing with someone at the top of the industry.

She has a wonderful style that makes you feel at ease straight away and she explains clearly how she can help you which gives you immediate confidence that there is light at the end of the dark tunnel you are probably in.

I was in that dark dark tunnel having reached the end of a very stressful senior executive role – CEO of a global enterprise for over a decade – and needed a lot of help.

Ivana was amazing and did not hesitate to go the extra mile in helping me overcome my challenges.

The light is now back on on in my tunnel and I have the tools I need to deal with any situation.

Don’t hesitate to go and meet Ivana – she is world class and she will help you switch your light back on and deal with your challenges.’

Paul S., Cobra Group

‘Ivana is a complete breath of fresh air. Understanding where you want to go, then creating the path to tread along sounds simple, but is complex and a series of issues, complicated by the fact they are all tied up together. Ivana unravels them. I have had many coaches in my business and personal career, I can honestly say that Ivana is one of the very best. Her ability to focus upon the core issues, map out sensible road maps and work on any blockages with a practical methodology is second to none. Her totally professional approach and commitment to the cause makes one feel very supported. She has a special talent to understand what is happening under the surface. I have no hesitation to recommend Ivana most highly.’

Robin S., CEO of Cornflake

‘We have had major issues in our marriage when we first contacted Ivana. In a relatively short period of time (2 months), she had worked with us on restoring balance in our marriage, love for each other and harmony. We are now so happy. She works in pleasant environment and will go to great lengths to help clients. Highly recommended.’

Maria & Karol, Business Owners

‘Initially I contacted Ivana with the view to boost my confidence so that I can find a new partner . As I have had so much baggage from my previous marriage, the first few sessions were spent on ‘clearing the mess out’ which was a real life-changer. As time went on and my confidence grew, we delved into what I really wanted to do and I realised my passion was to open a new business of my dreams and NOT to find a partner as I originally thought. I was being pressured into it by my parents. Ivana brought in the clarity and understanding of what I really wanted in my life, taught me how to put myself first without hurting others and how to develop an adult-to-adult relationships to help launch my new business. Fantastic experience.’

Arun B., Hotel Chain Owner

‘My confidence was at an all-time low when I decided to ask Ivana for help. It mainly affected my guitar performances and approaching potential new dates. I started noticing the difference after 2 sessions- I was able to recognise how my own beliefs held me back. I have had 6 sessions with Coach Ivana and it gave my a whole new perspective on life. I couldn’t ask for a better professional.’

John C., Executive

‘Ivana provided me with some coaching and advice earlier this year, especially when I was thinking about a number of choices and options in my career and personal life. She was highly professional, methodical and approachable – and helped me bring real clarity to my thinking, giving me more confidence in what I needed to do. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Ivana’

Ed D., Wealth Management

‘As an Employment Support Officer on the Love London Working programme, I help those from vulnerable groups in their pursuit for work. Recently, Ivana provided some one-to-one CBT at the Lido Centre in Ealing, which proved very beneficial to those clients that she saw. Due to the feedback from my clients and the professional and empathetic manner in which Ivana approached her work, I’m planning further support sessions for my clients with Ivana, to increase their chances of securing sustainable employment.’

Jude B., Skills Broker- Vulnerable Adults

‘Great workshop on Performance Anxiety. Ivana worked tirelessly with me on implementing changes into my life. You really do start to look at things differently after seeing a Psychotherapist. My only regret is not looking for help earlier. Thanks, Ivana.’

Rob, 43, Business Owner