Peter Hayward BA, PhD
Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
I am a Graduate of Harvard University and an experienced Chartered Clinical Psychologist and accredited by the
BABCP. I recently left the NHS to concentrate on my private practise, North London CBT. I have many years of
experience practicing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and I can deal in a sensitive, understanding way with
your problems. I can offer you skilled, professional therapy, therapy which has been shown to be helpful with a
variety of problems, including depression, anxiety, phobias, compulsions and the effects of trauma. This website
can offer you a summary of who I am and what I do. If you think you could do with some help, please contact me and
I will be happy to arrange an initial, fully confidential assessment.
Who I am?
After working in the United States as a teacher, I earned a Ph. D. in Clinical Psychology in the United States.
I moved to the UK in 1985 and completed my training, working for the Institute of Psychiatry and the South London
and Maudsley Hospital Trust. I have experience working with all types of adult psychological problems. Over the
years I have been involved in teaching, training and research, including the developments of new psychological
treatments. Working at two centres of excellence has also allowed me to stay abreast of changes and developments in
new psychological practice. I have now left the NHS to put this expertise to use in providing first-class treatment
for my clients. For further details on my experience please click
What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is now widely established as a highly effective form of psychological treatment.
Extensive research has demonstrated that it is effective in dealing with a wide variety of psychological problems
including depression, anxiety, panic, phobias and the effects of trauma. The same techniques can be applied to a
variety of difficulties, including work stress, bereavement or difficulties that have their roots in childhood
trauma. Treatment begins with a careful assessment of the particular thoughts, feelings and behaviours associated
with the problem. This is a collaborative process, with the client fully involved in gathering information and
creating a model of the problem. With this shared understanding, client and therapist can devise specific
interventions to resolve the client’s difficulties. Treatment can work in a relatively short space of time;
difficulties can usually be addressed with between 6 and 20 sessions of CBT treatment.
If you would like to find out more about CBT, you will find one of the most definitive and informative guides
Who could I help?
My experience and expertise extends to a variety of difficulties. Some of these are detailed below but this is
NOT a definitive list. If the particular problem or concern you have is not listed please still get in touch.
Depression: Often as a result of life stress, people can fall into a state of depression,
characterised by gloomy thoughts, feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness and despair, lack of energy, poor sleep
and, sometimes, thoughts that life is not worth living. Situations such as job stress or relationship problems can
produce these symptoms. CBT has well-established procedures to help people feel more positive and more able to
tackle their problems.
Anxiety: Stress can also produce the state of heightened anxiety, with troubling thoughts
of danger or possible failure and physical sensations that make normal life difficult. Sometimes anxiety can lead
to disabling panic attacks. Excessive anxiety can lead to poor sleep and impaired quality of life. A variety of CBT
techniques can relieve anxiety and help people to a more balanced view of their problems.
Phobias: Many people suffer for years with a disabling phobia, a fear, for example, of public
places or social gatherings. CBT techniques can address these fears and enable people to change their lives
dramatically. I have extensive experience in this area, as my first job, at the Institute of Psychiatry, focussed
on the treatment of phobias.
Trauma: Traumatic events, such as accidents, can lead to a well known syndrome known as
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, characterised by intrusive memories (flashbacks), nightmares, and loss of interest
in normal life. Well established CBT treatments can lead to remarkable improvements in a very short time.
Other difficulties: There are well established CBT treatments for a huge variety of
difficulties, including obsessions and compulsions, substance abuse, and the effects of childhood trauma. I myself
have been involved in developing treatments for bipolar disorder, a serious illness that is much more common than
people realise. The CBT model provides a sophisticated way of analysing almost any life problem.
Where do I practise from?
I can offer you a safe and secure surrounding in Barnet, North London to discuss whatever particular concerns
you might have. My appointments schedule is flexible so I can cater for day or evening time appointments, whichever
suits you best.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for North London and Hertfordshire covering
services for North London and Hertfordshire offering Therapy in Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Phobias, Trauma, Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessions and Compulsions, Substance Abuse, Childhood Trauma, Bipolar
My location is ideal and convenient for those living in North London, London, St
Albans, Barnet, New Barnet, Cockfosters, Totterdige, Whetstone, Hadley Wood, Finchley, Southgate, Oakwood,
Borehamwood, Elstree, Potters Bar, Watford, Edgware.