Dr Natalie Raiher, Chartered Psychologist

MPhil DPsych CPsychol AFBPsS

I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with 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 the anxiety and burnout caused by perfectionism and habits of living that are geared towards pleasing and appeasing others, and over-controlling ourselves and the world. 

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. I therefore work with both the symptoms of distress as well as the reasons they have come about, such as traumatic incidents, losses, and struggles with identity and transition. 

I support people to understand uncomfortable emotions, thoughts and behaviours and in some instances also provide practical tools to make these more bearable and transform the relationship we have with distress. We are wired to avoid distress but ultimately, it is this avoidance that exacerbates it. I use trauma-informed and mindfulness based resources to help clients develop a greater capacity to notice and tolerate uncomfortable emotions and sensations and to be able to step outside of them. 

Alongside new skills, increased insight into 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. Understanding why 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. We cannot rewrite history but we can transform our relationship to it, and live more fully and freely in the present. 

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. I work primarily from a psychodynamic and relational base and integrate tools from mindfulness, CBT, trauma-informed approaches and compassion-focussed therapy as needed. 

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
  • Stress and burnout
  • Low self-confidence
  • Depression and unhappiness
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Eating and body problems 
  • Change, adjustment and loss
  • Fertility problems, IVF and miscarriage
  • Gender and sexuality exploration
  • 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. 

Climbing

I also have a particular interest in mental resources for climbers. I am a climber and have found that perfectionism and fear of failure are rife among this group of athletes, amateur and elite alike. I work to help people re-engage with their joy of the sport and to reduce the rigidity they hold themselves to. Similarly, climbing can sometimes involve injury and trauma. I use my clinical experience of trauma work to help people with fear in climbing. I work with trauma-informed tools to help people to get back on the wall or simply back to life after a fall or injury. 

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, writing, developing my meditation practices and rock climbing. 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 the Practice or call 020 7018 0770.

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

Dr Denise Borbolla, Chartered Psychologist

DPsych CPsychol BSc MSc

I am a qualified Counselling Psychologist offering therapy for older adolescents (16+) and adults. I am trained to a Doctoral level, which means that I provide evidence-based therapy using different therapeutic models, and have several years of supervised training across different healthcare sectors. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BSc), Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSc), and a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DPsych).

I work integratively utilising a range of therapeutic models such as Person-Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Relational Therapy to find the best way to support you. I focus on building a warm and trusting relationship, in the hope of being able to look at your past together, as this may give us some insight into how you are feeling today.

I am also interested in making sense of intersectionality, which typically involves understanding multifaceted identity structures (i.e., race, sex, gender, religion, economic status, and education), and how this impacts your experience of the world, the relationships you have, and your self-esteem.

I have worked in the public health sector for several years (GP, NHS and local authority), where I met with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, chronic health difficulties, low self-esteem, trauma, and neurodiversity-related challenges. I currently work in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in London, where I assess, diagnose, and support young people with Autism and ADHD within a neurodevelopmental team.

My experience working in these systems has led me to observe that distress can be pathologised and perpetuated in the interactions clients may have with healthcare staff, and from the physical environment that they were in. As such, my work will always aim to focus on facilitating a safe, contained, and compassionate therapeutic relationship, trusting the client’s potential and their unfolding of the human experience.

Thank you for spending your time reading about me. Whether you are here for a specific difficulty or a general feeling of “something is not right/feels off”, I seek to facilitate connection and empowerment to help you generate richer meaning in life, using the skills and values that you already hold.

I look forward to meeting you.

Denise

If you would like to make an appointment please email the Practice or call 020 7018 0770.