Dr Katja Hajek
I am a Chartered Doctor of Clinical Psychology with a 25 years’ experience of working both privately and in the NHS (South London and Maudsley NHS Trust). I have practiced at the level of Consultant Clinical Psychologist. In doing so, I have worked with adults with a wide range and severity of mental health requirements.
My specialist area is adult mental health, including anxiety, depression, trauma, work stress, low self-esteem and relationship issues. I have a particular specialism and interest in relationship dynamics using my knowledge and expertise in this area to work with individuals and couples.
I offer evidence-based therapies which are tailored to clients’ needs and can include interpersonal and psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and positive psychology.
I am registered with HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council), which upholds high standards in professional codes of practice, qualification and ongoing training.
What clients say about working with Katja
“We found the couple sessions very useful and Katja was professional yet was able to put us at ease. She helped us to explore the causes of some difficult issues and communication problems and was able to suggest more helpful behaviours to both of us. Having time set aside to really listen and try to understand each other better with the help of a skilled therapist was invaluable in helping us improve our relationship“
Couple work, R & J, London
“Katja was a wonderful source of calm insight and balanced views. She helped me at a time in my marriage where our ability to communicate had broken down and I no-longer felt heard. Without judgement, Katja listened to us both and through a series of well-planned sessions helped move us forward“
H & C, London
Couple work- Ms J.D. London (MAY 2021)
Couple work- G and G. London (July 2021)
Couple work- MF. London (August 2021)
“Katja was recommended to us and after seeing her outstanding experience, qualifications and glowing testimonials we decided to book our first session. We both found Katja was honest, patient and considerate in her approach, and her insightful observations really helped us find a new perspective and move forward. She was impartial and unbiased, and she really saw the concerns from both of our perspectives. We would highly recommend her to anyone seeking couple therapy.” M and P (Couple work- August 2021).
“I had several sessions with Katja and will have more in the new year (I am travelling for work for most of December and thus, we suspended our meetings until I am back). I find my sessions with Katja helpful and stimulating. She is a good listener, she is personable, she asks good questions, and I like meeting her. I’d recommend her to anyone who has similar therapy needs as I do. I am glad you recommended Katja to me; I am sure the two of us would have got on well too (Dr Siobhan Mccarthy), but for me it’s hard to imagine that I’d have felt as comfortable with someone else as I do with Katja (Couple work, Ms SS, December 2021).
“Our relationship had come to a point of crisis when we decided to try couples’ therapy. We had no idea of where or who to go to, but we wanted a therapist with experience who could help us see a way through. And so, with a little scepticism we started therapy with Katja. From the very first session Katja seemed determined to understand and get to the heart of our problems and to give us a possible way out of our difficulties that didn’t involve breaking up our family. Therapy has been painful and difficult at times, but Katja created such a safe space for us, a space of equality and fairness that has allowed us to hear and speak to each other. With her guidance, we have given ourselves a chance to get back to the relationship that we dreamed we would have and a future together that had seemed almost impossible before working with her. Katja’s insight and ability as a therapist has been remarkable, and in a very short space of time has changed our behaviour, our relationship and our lives for the better. We would have no hesitation in recommending Katja Hajek to anyone in need of relationship counselling “
Couple work, N & P, London
“We had 10 sessions with Katja. While we were initially somewhat skeptical about how the therapeutic process might help us, as the sessions progressed we found them to be valuable in helping us unpack and analyse the causes of conflict in our relationship. Katja provided a safe space for discussion; she mirrored, reframed and analyzed our divergent views, providing much needed perspective to enable us move forward. And while her direct approach was at times challenging, her honesty proved helpful in the long run. Overall, the process allowed us to have more productive conversations, to listen to each other more, and to identify incremental, actionable steps for changing the dynamics we had found problematic in our marriage.”
R & O (Couple work- August 2021)