Dr Natalie Raiher, Chartered Psychologist

MPhil DPsych CPsychol AFBPsS

I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and have extensive experience in providing expert psychological therapy to people who seek relief from anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties and other problems with living. I am a specialist in working with anxiety and other emotional states that are difficult to understand and calm.

Experiences of distress, loss and change can impact us in different ways. They might cause us to adopt coping mechanisms that help in the short-term but create greater difficulties down the line, such as avoidance, eating problems and addictions. I therefore work with both the symptoms of distress as well as the reasons they have come about, such as traumatic incidents, relationship difficulties, and struggles with identity and transition.

I support people to understand uncomfortable emotions, thoughts and behaviours, and I also provide practical tools to make these more bearable. Tools and skills help people to feel more stable in a crisis and to have greater confidence in managing overwhelming emotions and distressing thoughts.

Alongside new skills, increased understanding and insight into the reasons why things are like they are helps us to have more choice over how we interact with others and how we deal with difficult situations: it helps us to let go of beliefs and habits that may no longer be serving us and find new, healthier and more flexible ways to live our lives. Research shows that a combination of new skills and insight provides the best springboard for meaningful change.

I do not believe in a one size fits all approach, and so I integrate a variety of approaches to tailor each course of therapy to the specific needs and interests of each client. Some of the approaches I use include CBT, DBT, psychodynamic psychotherapy and mindfulness.

I offer a confidential and creative space to adults and young adults to help them experiment, heal and grow. I wholeheartedly believe that there is always something to be gained from adversity and I support my clients to develop their strengths and build on their resources so that they might experience greater vitality, coherence and movement in their lives.

What I can help with
Psychological therapy encompasses a broad range of approaches and tools and as such, can help with many different problems. I have extensive experience in working with:

  • Anxiety, panic and phobias
  • Stress and burnout
  • Low self-confidence
  • Depression and unhappiness
  • Intrusive, repetitive thoughts and OCD
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Self-harm and self-sabotaging coping behaviours
  • Personality disorders and longstanding interpersonal difficulties
  • Eating problems and disorders
  • Change, adjustment and loss
  • Fertility and pregnancy
  • Physical illness
  • Bereavement and grief

This is not an exhaustive list. Sometimes people don’t know what they want to work on but are aware that something doesn’t feel right and they want relief. In that case, I tailor the course of therapy to help them understand what it is that doesn’t feel right, and what they might do about it.

Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, a protected title which ensures the highest level of expertise and care. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and am an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

My qualifications include:

  • Associate Fellow of The British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)
  • Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DPsych)
  • Master in Philosophy (MPhil)
  • Bachelor in Social Sciences (BSocSci hons)
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)

My career has spanned NHS, private and community settings in the UK and abroad, and has included psychiatric inpatient and outpatient facilities including The Nightingale Hospital, The Royal Free Hospital and The Maudsley Hospital. I have worked in teams specializing in trauma, eating disorders and problems regulating extreme emotions. I have also worked in outpatient teams specializing in women’s health and chronic illness.

I currently divide my time between my private practice and writing, teaching and researching in the field of mental health. Before becoming a psychologist, I worked in media and the arts and I enjoy bringing this element of creativity to my practice.

Session structure and fees
People engage in therapy for variable lengths of time. This might be for anything from a shorter, focussed therapy of six sessions or an open-ended course of therapy. Usually, we will contract to work together for a period of time, building in regular reviews and the opportunity to re-contract as suits you.

People usually see me for a regular, weekly session but this can vary. I am happy to discuss frequency in terms of what feels most helpful for you at the time.

Please email to enquire about fees. I have limited lower fee slots available and I offer discounts to students, particularly to psychology and psychotherapy trainees.

I am also a recognised provider for most major private health insurers and I am happy to accept payment through these schemes.

If you would like to make an appointment please email contact@thepracticeat322.co.uk or call 020 7018 0770.

I also offer free call-backs to discuss how I might be able to help.

Dr Mariam Tarik, Counselling Psychologist

DPsych MSc

Psychological therapy can help us understand how we respond to difficult life events and how we are able to build and maintain relationships with others. This can be an important process, particularly during times of difficulty and distress, to provide a sense of agency and empowerment. As an experienced Counselling Psychologist, I provide psychological therapy to clients, exploring the ways in which past experiences and relationships may be impacting current difficulties in the client’s life.

I completed my doctoral training in Counselling Psychology at City University, London and have worked across a number of settings, including the NHS and third sector organisations. I have been trained in a number of different psychological therapy modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Humanistic and Psychodynamic approaches. I often find that working integratively is most effective for my clients, meaning that I tailor and adapt my approach to psychological therapy based on the needs of the client.

I work with a wide range of difficulties, including:

  • Addiction
  • Abuse
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and worry
  • Obsessions and phobias
  • Bereavement
  • Sexuality
  • Sexual infections including HIV/AIDS
  • Low self esteem
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Work related stress

I am registered with the Health Care Professions Counsel (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).

I work with clients on both a short term and long term basis, depending on the client needs, goals and aims. Therapeutic contracting is always agreed with the client, so there is some flexibility based on need.

If you would like to make an appointment please email contact@thepracticeat322.co.uk or call 020 7018 0770.