Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)


with Kai Thilo on 07908 436049



CBT is a talking therapy focused on the way people think and act in various situations.  It explores the origins and consequences of thinking and acting in such a way.


CBT has been extensively researched; in fact, more than any other talking therapy. The findings from the research repeatedly demonstrate the effectiveness of CBT in a wide and growing number of conditions. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT as first line treatment in the following conditions:

  • Depression
  • generalised anxiety disorders (GAD)
  • obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • social phobia
  • post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • health anxiety
  • body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
  • chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

Research has also shown that people treated with CBT remain well for longer. This may be partly due to one of  CBT's implicit aims: to teach you to become your own therapist.


Kai understands that a person's condition is often a reflection of current situations and  life-events.   He always approaches therapy with a compassionate and non-judgemental frame of mind.

The first meeting

The first session is  an information sharing exercise. It aims to help you decide whether CBT is for  you and whether Kai would be a good fit.

After the first session you are free to decide whether or not to undertake therapy.  Of course Kai also undertakes these considerations and may occasionally recommend another professional who he thinks will better suit you.

The first session is also about  understanding the difficulties you are facing and to clarify goals for  CBT therapy.  Kai is likely to ask  a lot of questions during this first meeting.  It will have a slightly different feel to your subsequent sessions.

The course of CBT treatment and ending therapy

CBT therapy always starts with the end in mind.  This is driven by both the problems you are facing and the goals set in the first sessions. We aim to offer time-limited therapy, often lasting around 6 to 20 sessions.  An implicit goal is to teach the individual to become their "own CBT therapist". Of course there will be occasions when you will want further sessions. Many research trials schedule booster sessions some time after the completion of the main body of therapy.  This can be very helpful in dealing with setbacks.


Kai is a clinical psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).  He is a chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and qualified in cognitive-behavioural therapy at the University of Oxford.  Since graduating he has worked in academic research and in the NHS.

Kai’s therapeutic approach is most strongly informed by CBT but he draws from additional models when indicated.  He offers a flexible and individualised therapy experience.  Where relevant, Kai can offer life coaching based on cognitive-behavioural principles.

Kai is happy to assess and treat self-referring patients as well as those referred by their GP or specialist. He is an approved provider for most most private health insurance companies.

Kai maintains research collaborations with University College London and the University of Oxford.  The  scientist-practitioner philosophy is important to Kai and his practice is based firmly on the best available research evidence.  He collaborates with the Institute of Neurology at UCL and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford.

Kai can offer work in German as well as English and treats patients across the life span. Where indicated he also offers treatments in the field (e.g., to counter specific phobias.  These are conducted through telephone appointments, video conferencing or home visits when clients would otherwise be unable to access treatment.


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