About

Katarzyna Akhtar is an adult psychodynamic psychotherapist, who trained at the  Tavistock Clinic. Alongside her private practice she continues working as a psychotherapist in both, Camden & Islington and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts. 

 

Katarzyna provides brief therapeutic interventions and psychotherapy on a short or long-term basis. She specialises in the treatment of a range of clinical problems, including depression, anxiety, trauma, panic attacks, burnout, personality difficulties and relationship issues. She has particular interest in the work with PTSD, addictions, postnatal depression and psycho-somatic health. 

 

She originally trained as a special educational needs teacher and worked extensively with adolescents and young adults with learning difficulties, mental health issues and Autism and Asperger’s. 

She has over sixteen years of experience of working therapeutically with individuals and groups in a variety of mental health settings, in which she worked with adults, children, young people and their families.

 

Whilst living in the UAE, Katarzyna wrote and coordinated unique, psycho-educational programmes to teach and promote the practice of mindful meditation and emotional well-being. She used her deep understanding of the destructive impact of stress, which could result in addictive/obsessive behaviour and increased anxiety. She continues to deliver her programmes internationally and brings this breadth of experience to her current psychotherapy practice. 

 

In collaboration with other mental health clinicians, Katarzyna founded ‘Wellness PitStop’ a mental health and well-being consultancy service. She  delivers workshops to organisations including the educational, legal and financial sector. She provides psychological advice, support and education in order to reduce workplace stress and promote work/stress balance. She offers specialist consultation groups and individual sessions to professionals.

 

Katarzyna is an accredited member and abides by the code of ethics of the BPC (British Psychoanalytical Council) TSP (Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists) and the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists).

About Therapy

Initial consultation

Before commencing your therapy, you will be offered an initial consultation. This is usually 90 minutes over one, sometimes two sessions and provides an opportunity to discuss your thoughts and ideas about why you are seeking help. This allows her to develop a treatment plan with you that will give you the support you need and the results you are looking for.

Individual therapy

If you are looking for help with emotional and relationship difficulties, psychotherapy can help you to explore your current problem and to understand it in the context of your life.  Therapy can help you to identify destructive patterns in relationships and to see how these are rooted in the past and the unconscious dynamics behind them. Through this process, new ways of relating in  your personal life and at work can be developed.

Organisational consultancy

The modern corporate world brings unique challenges to everyone from managing directors to team members. Katarzyna delivers a mental health and well-being consultancy service to organisations including within the educational, legal and financial sector. She provides psychological advice, support and education in order to reduce workplace stress and promote work/stress balance.

Psychiatric assessment

Symptoms of anxiety and depression can be so severe that they can impede the work of therapy. Under these circumstances you may be advised to consult with your general practitioner or psychiatrist who can prescribe medicine, which can be helpful in alleviating these severe symptoms. If required, this will be discussed and referral made.

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Contact

For referrals and any enquiries please contact

Email: contact@katarzynaakhtarpsychotherapy.com

Telephone: +44(0)7400529546

You can reach the practice by telephone or email. You will be then contacted to discuss the nature of your inquiry. An initial consultation will then be offered to consider what kind of therapy might best suit your needs and what questions you may have about the process.

 

When you call, please leave your name and telephone number and a time at which you can be reached to discuss your request in confidence. Katarzyna aims to respond to your call promptly, usually within 24 hours.

Location

The consultation rooms are situated in Blackheath/Lewisham and London Bridge areas and both are well served by public transport.

 

Opening hours

The practice is open on weekdays only from 08.00 – 20.00.


 

Fees

Fees are assessed on an individual basis depending on the type of therapy.

 

Frequency and length of therapy

The duration and intensity of your therapy will depend on what you and your therapist consider best for you.

Individual therapy can vary in frequency with the number of sessions per week ranging from once, twice or three times a week.

Imagery courtesy of Artist Zahra Jewanjee.