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
  • 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.

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.

Maja Kwiatkowski, Chartered Psychologist (she/her)

MA Clinical Psychology; MA Clinical Neuropsychology

There are many reasons why people seek out therapy, and the initial step can often feel a bit daunting. Below is some more information about me and how I work that might help guide you in making your decision.

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and British Psychological Society (BPS). I trained in South Africa before moving to the UK, and I have experience in working across different mental healthcare settings. I offer short and long-term therapy to adult individuals (aged 18 years and older) both in-person and online. My therapeutic stance is accepting, inclusive, and supportive – I provide equal care to all clients, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, physical ability or attributes, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

I practice predominantly from an integrative psychodynamic and relational framework. This perspective acknowledges that we are dynamic and complex individuals, each with a unique story that has contributed to who and how we are. As part of your therapy process we may explore the link between the past and the present, and work towards understanding how certain significant relationships and experiences have contributed to patterns of thinking, feeling, and relating that may be hindering you. While these patterns are often unconscious, they can be responsible for maintaining intense or overwhelming feelings, a sense of ‘stuckness’, self-destructive tendencies or habits, as well as physical and/or psychological symptoms that affect the quality of your life. Therapy is an invitation to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, develop more meaningful and fulfilling relationships, and discover new ways of coping that serve you better.

My areas of interest are broad; this is because I am interested in you as a person and I firmly believe that your diagnosis or particular presenting problem does not define you. Your symptoms, whatever they may be, are likely an expression of some kind of pain or hurt, rooted in both your lived experiences and biological make-up. The particular areas I have more experience in are as follows:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Complex and transgenerational trauma
  • Adjustment difficulties and life transitions
  • Food and body image issues
  • Somatisation disorders
  • Neurodiverse symptom presentations
  • Chronic illness and pain
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Questions around identity and sense of self
  • Everyday life/work stressors and burnout
  • Relationship stressors (as part of an individual therapy process)

There may be specific difficulties or symptoms that have brought you into therapy; however, I also believe that therapy can be an opportunity to engage in a process of personal growth and self-discovery – you do not have to be struggling with something in particular in order to benefit from therapy. A willing and curious mind is the only prerequisite.

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