Dr Katarina Kovacova
What I can help with
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Adjustment Disorder
- Social Anxiety
- Specific Phobia
- Professional Burnout
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Systemic Therapy
- Compassion Focused Therapy
- Narrative Therapy
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Mindfulness Stress Reduction
Katarina is a London trained clinical psychologist with over 15 years of clinical experience of working in a variety of different settings, including the NHS, voluntary and charity sector, academia and private practice.
Katarina sees therapy as a partnership to which all the people involved bring their expertise and possibilities. She values the ways people find to get through, and find positions of strength, despite difficult situations. As a therapist, Katarina aims to make her knowledge and experience available to people in ways that help them approach their difficulties more effectively, and keep them in charge of their own journey, and what they hope to achieve.
People with whom Katarina has worked commented that they felt comfortable and safe talking to her from the get go. They appreciated her calm presence though the hard times in their lives, as well as practical tools and compassionate guidance, describing it as a “life-changing experience”.
Having obtained her MSc in Psychology at Palacky University in the Czech Republic, Katarina went on to complete a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London. Katarina supports people across age groups and ethnic backgrounds, experiencing a range of difficulties, such as anxiety, depression, OCD, stress, low-self-esteem, additions including gambling addiction, bereavement, as well as more complex difficulties. She has a special interest in working with people who struggle to cope with intense emotions and those experiencing relationship difficulties. Katarina can offer both short and longer term therapy.
Katarina draws on a number of evidence-based psychological approaches, tailored to the individuals’ specific needs, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Systemic Therapy, Solution Focused therapy, Narrative therapy, and aspects of Psychodynamic approaches, Compassion Focused therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy and mindfulness.
Katarina has delivered individual, couple, family and group therapy interventions. She also has skills in supporting other professional and non-professional groups through providing consultation, teaching, training and supervision.
Alongside her clinical practice, Katarina has been a guest lecturer, teaching on postgraduate Masters and Doctorate programmes.