london cognitive therapy centre

what is cbt

Cognitive behaviour therapy or CBT is designed to help with a range of emotional problems. It is based on the premise that events do not result in distress in and of themselves, but it is the meaning that events have for us that results in emotional difficulties. Early life events, as well as more recent ones, can affect how we think of ourselves and of others. In some cases some people can perceive threat more readily and that can lead to more frequent anxiety. Some who are prone toperceive failures can be more susceptible to depression etc. These ways of thinking, beliefs and expectations can become established and resistant to change even though the circumstances that led to their formation changed long ago. Nevertheless, these thoughts can elicit powerful emotions and lead us to act in ways which inadvertently maintain the problem.

CBT aims to identify unhelpful thoughts as well as ways of thinking and unhelpful behaviours that often underlie distress and can keep it going. The process of therapy involves a collaborative process of guided discovery, whereby these thoughts can be identified and re-examined. CBT, is short-term and an effective form of therapy which can help alleviate a range of difficulties including anxiety disorders, depression, personality problems etc.

CBT is recommended by the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) as treatment for a range of anxiety disorders and depression


evidence based talking therapy

We are experienced clinical psychologists, registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). We are accredited cognitive behaviour therapists with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). We offer evidence-based cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for a wide range of emotional and interpersonal difficulties. We are recognised by Bupa, AXA PPP Pru Health, Aviva, and WPA. We offer effective treatment in an empathic and confidential environment


CBT supervision is available for individuals or groups, with basic or advanced knowledge of CBT. We can also provide supervision by phone and by Skype, if required.

our therapists


Dr Ofer Barr

Clinical Psychologist and Cognitive Behaviour Therapist

Dr. Ofer Barr is an experienced clinical psychologist and an accredited cognitive behaviour therapist. He works in the NHS with adults with anxiety disorders, such as obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD), agoraphobia, panic, social phobia, health anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, as well as personality and relationship difficulties. Dr Barr trained as a clinical psychologist at Canterbury Christ Church University. He completed his specialist training, as a cognitive Behaviour therapist at Oxford University. As a bilingual therapist, he is able to offer therapy in both English and Hebrew.


Dr Michael Zivor

Clinical Psychologist and Cognitive Behaviour Therapist

Dr. Michael Zivor, a chartered clinical psychologist, completed his BA in Behavioral Science in Israel. He completed a MA in Clinical Psychology in South Africa, and furthered his specialised training in Cognitive Therapy at Oxford University. He now works as a clinical psychologist, CBT specialist in the NHS and has a special interest in working with anxiety disorders (PTSD, OCD, and Health anxiety), depression, low self esteem, mindfulness and relationship and interpersonal difficulties.

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