Harry O’Hayon

Consultant cognitive behavioural psychotherapist, EMDR and couples therapist


Harry O’Hayon is a consultant cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and lecturer with over 20 years of experience, and with outstanding communication, classroom facilitation, management and presentation skills.

He has experience working for the NHS in the UK since 2008, and teaching at the postgraduate level since 2009. With robust training and knowledge in the areas of mental health, integrative counselling and psychotherapy, and with significant proven clinical experience and skills, Harry is also skilled in the clinical delivery of eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), and is a seasoned couples therapist.

He is also a lecturer, tutor and trainer who regularly disseminates through invited colloquia, and national and international workshops, on the treatment of mood disorders. As a lecturer, trainer, and clinical supervisor, he is dedicated to encouraging personal and professional growth, reflective practice, and delivering evidence-based psychotherapeutic treatments.

Position at Priory

Harry O’Hayon is a consultant cognitive behavioural psychotherapist. He is also trained in EMDR as well as behavioural couples therapy. He is also accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Clinical training

  • Cognitive behavioural psychotherapy
  • Integrative counselling: science and practice
  • EMDR (to level 3)
  • Behavioural couples therapy
  • Clinical supervision
  • Assessing/managing suicide and para-suicide risk
  • Treatments for mood disorders
  • Research/evidence-based treatment models
  • Health psychology
  • Abnormal psychology, diagnostics, and using validated objective measures
  • Developmental trauma and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Critical incident stress debriefing

Research interests

  • Integrating mindfulness-based applications in western psychology & cognitive behavioural psychotherapy for the treatments of recurrent depressive episodes and borderline personality disorder (Master’s dissertation)
  • Adaptations to CBT in primary care: Assessing and Managing Para-Suicidal, Self-Injurious & Addictive Behaviours in primary care (University of Reading, UK)
  • Assisted in the design of a RCT, and delivered a psychotherapeutically based protocol for perpetrators of domestic abuse (University of Derby, UK)
  • Understanding & Treating Sexual Compulsive Behaviours (Counsellor Training Institute, Canada)
  • Nominated and shortlisted for the Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning Lecturer Excellence Award demonstrating excellence in teaching. Formal evaluations consistently show positive feedback from students and trainees.
  • Nominated and shortlisted to the finals of the Whittington Health NHS Staff Awards 2018 in the Improving Patient Experience Award category.
  • As part of the NHS’s 70thBirthday I was selected as one of 70 Whittington Health NHS Trust Heroes
  • Delivered workshops on post-traumatic stress (PTSD), and treating complex combat-related PTSD, to clinical psychologists and psychotherapists in Palestine.
  • Presentation title: Adaptations to CBT in primary care; a tough nut to crack. Presented at the 41st Annual Conference of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. London, UK.
  • Presentation title: The mechanisms of change of trauma memory processing, known as reliving the trauma, in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Presented at the 40th Annual Conference of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. Leeds, UK.

Links to clinical articles/research papers:


  • English
  • French
  • Spanish


  • 2003 Counsellor Training Institute of Canada
  • 2008 University of Derby, England
  • MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (Merit)
  • PG Cert in Counselling Sciences

I am consistently aiming as clinician, trainer and clinical supervisor to encourage personal and professional growth, reflective practice, and help develop fidelity to the delivery of research / evidence-based psychotherapeutic treatments.