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
Couple work, R & J, London
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).
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)
“I want to thank Dr Hajek for our sessions together. I was looking for help and support after a very difficult few years that left me feeling completely overwhelmed; I was highly anxious and close to being unable to function. Dr Hajek proved a careful but by no means passive listener and allowed me to ‘unload’ without feeling pressured or judged. Her approach is sensitive and flexible. Much of the time I felt as though I was talking to a supportive friend rather than being in ‘therapy’. Nonetheless, utilising subtle direction and interventions, Dr Hajek demonstrated the skill and insight to help me unpick events and start to challenge and reframe my thinking in a constructive way, to the extent that I have made significant progress. I highly recommend Dr Hajek and her services. Ms CL ( May 2022)- Individual sessions
“I found my sessions with Dr Katja Hajek very helpful and would recommend her highly” (Individual sessions, May 2023, Ms E.S)