Judith Forrest

Kirkintilloch, Glasgow, UK

Having retired from NHS in 2018, I continue to have a small private caseload. particularly working with

referrals from StopSO (Specialist Treatment Organisation for the Perpetrators and Victims of Sexual Offending) and as a volunteer with First Steps ED, an eating disorder charity.

I work with sex offenders, their partners and their victims, many of whom for different reasons may suffer shame based difficulties, as do many people who have problems with disordered eating and body image. For this, compassionate mind treatment is especially helpful.

I also have an interest in working with complex trauma, personality disorders and P-OCD, again finding high incidence of shame in patients.

I work online or by phone only, platform flexible.

I am a member of the forensic and eating disorder Special Interest Groups of the Compassionate Mind Foundation.  I recently became a Trustee of the CM Foundation.

Sue Winter

Coldbath Square, London EC1R 5HL, UK

I have worked for over 15 years as a counselling psychologist in the NHS. Recently this has been within an IAPT service (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapy) helping adult clients referred by their GPs (or who had self-referred) due to depression or anxiety.

I have also provided psychological therapy in a women’s prison, in an NHS eating disorders service and in an older adults community mental health team. Before becoming a psychologist, I worked in administration at the National Theatre, then volunteered as a mental health advocate at PACE, a LGBT charity, and on the telephone information line of Mind, the mental health charity.

My professional qualifications:
Following my psychology degree from UCL (University College London), I completed the three-year postgraduate counselling psychology programme at City University, London. During counselling psychology training we have our own personal therapy.
CFT therapy services provided:

I work one-to-one with adult clients with a range of issues, including:
Low mood, depression
Low self esteem, self criticism
Loss, bereavement
Work or relationship difficulties
Sleep problems
Stress, anxiety
Worry, panic, phobias
Trauma, social anxiety
Obsessions, compulsions
Sexual identity, body image, ageing
Life changes and transitions
Feeling generally “stuck”
I currently provide therapy by video or telephone.
I have produced an information sheet about having therapy by video and telephone, which I can send you if you get in touch
My hours are: Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 2.00pm and 8.00pm.
When I restart seeing clients face-to-face, this will be on Wednesdays at 5.30pm and 7.00pm (or at 4.00pm if a step-free or wheelchair-accessible room is needed).

Dean Capon

High Street, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 9AL, UK

I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor, Coach and Personal Consultant (University of East London) trained in a variety of talking-therapies including, more recently, Compassion Focused Therapy (University of Derby). I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD).

I work with individuals in private practice for roughly half of my time, and for the remainder, work in organisations as a compassion focused consultant, helping to increase sensitivity towards and alleviate and prevent barriers to good-work (job-quality), wellbeing and mental health through my company Ecdysis Ltd.

I draw on many years of diverse global experience in: internal communication, change management, employee engagement, coaching & mentoring, corporate social responsibility, wellbeing, capability (learning & development), education and more recently one to one therapy practices.

Marie Bloomfield

248 Acanthus Avenue, Burleigh Waters QLD, Australia

I am a Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Australia with over 40 years of experience. I present group programs mostly targeting health professionals in Compassion-Focused Therapy and Mindful Self-Compassion.
I have started using CFT in my clinical practice with my clients in 2012 and began to teach MSC in 2014. I am a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and I have presented over 40 MSC program.

This year I have started offering CFT Online training program which have been very popular. I also offer individual supervision.

Jacqueline Woodward

55 Park Avenue, Worcester WR3 7AJ, UK

I was first introduced to Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) by Paul Gilbert in 2004 whilst studying at the University of Derby for an MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. After 15 years working in a number of mental health services in the NHS I am in private practice where my focus is on offering CFT to individuals and in the future to groups.

Dr Parneet Chahal

The Shrubberies, George Lane, London E18 1BD, UK

I am a qualified Counselling Psychologist, registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

I currently work within the National Heath Service (NHS) and in private practice. The majority of my experience post qualification has been in working with children, young people, par-ents/carers and families presenting with complex mental health difficulties. I have also worked with adults with mental health difficulties and in the area of childhood maltreatment focusing on developing their parenting capacity.

Although I work using an integrative approach, CFT is the main model I use. I provide individual and group therapy.

Dr Hannah Wilson

Bolton Road, Salford M6 7HL, UK

I am a qualified clinical psychologist, registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

I currently work in a digital mental health service, as well as running my private practice. The majority of my qualified working life has been within eating disorder services, as well as working within complex trauma and dissociation. I have also worked within clinical health psychology.

Although I work using an integrated approach, CFT is the main model I use both for myself and for my clients. As well as using it with individuals, I also provide CFT supervision, teaching and training to professionals.

Sarah Benkwitz

Spencer Street, Birmingham B18 6DA, UK

Sarah Benkwitz – Helping you build a better life
BABCP Accredited CBT Psychotherapist & CFT / ACT / EMDR Practitioner

The search for a contented and satisfying life is not easy. It’s even more difficult if you’re wrestling with a negative inner voice or baggage from your past.
• Are you coasting along feeling ‘ok’, but have forgotten real joy or peace?
• Are you feeling on high alert, struggling to feel good enough, safe, or know who to trust?
• Are you dragging your body out of bed each morning, spending the day wishing you could crawl back under the covers?
• Are you trying to plug a hole deep inside, or find the ground beneath your feet?
• Have you been deeply wounded by a trauma?
I get it.

It isn’t your fault; it’s because the human mind is both a blessing and a curse.

Get to know your body and your mind

Humans have an effective threat response system that can see problems in just about anything and trigger strong feelings. It is helpful if we need to escape from a lion or a mugging, less useful when we feel inadequate in response to an advert full of beautiful people.

It’s natural to find lots of ways to get rid of these feelings, such as kicking yourself to do better or avoid the things that stress you out. It’s so easy to find yourself going round in a circle trying to cope. Your ability to pursue what matters to you, connect with others or soothe yourself quickly escapes out the window.

I’ll help you take back control

I can help you learn how to take back the driver’s seat.

• I will listen to you carefully so that you feel truly understood and can make sense of things.
• We will work together to learn how to care for yourself and calm your systems down.
• We will learn self-acceptance and how to let go of baggage from your past.
• We will spend time working out what matters to you and learn skills for making active choices towards a life about love, satisfaction, and fun.
When you’re willing to give it a go and work at it, you’ll find that you can transform your life in extraordinary ways.

What treatment approaches do I use?

We will work together to tailor your treatment to what you need and want. I interweave CFT (Compassion Focused Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), along with CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and EMDR (trauma treatment). I only use cutting-edge science and gold standard evidence-based therapies according to NICE guidelines, I hold BABCP accreditation, and have specialist supervision.

I want you to feel safe knowing you’re in good hands. If I think you could be better served by something or someone else, I will tell you.

What is my style?

With me, you’ll find someone who genuinely cares about working with you. I respect the courage it takes for you to show up.

Depending on the moment, sometimes you’ll find me gentle, playful, honest and saying it like it is, or encouraging you and celebrating your achievements.

I want you to speak openly with me about how you think things are going, and if there were ever any roadblocks, we’re a team, so I want to work with you on them.

Who I work with:

I specialise in helping adults and children 13+ with:
• Self-criticism and shame,
• Anxiety, depression and stress,
• Complex or longstanding problems, including trauma and those who have had therapy before,
• Pregnant women/early parenthood,
• Therapy for therapists.
I can also offer clinical supervision for practitioners in CFT/ACT/CBT.

Get in touch

Sometimes people hesitate about starting therapy. That’s ok; I understand it can be daunting. I also think that sometimes it’s worse to carry on struggling as you are. It’s a sign of strength when you can face your difficulties.

I invite you to tell me about your concerns, and we can go gently.

How did I become a therapist?

I first started working in this field back in 2007 when I was studying for my Master’s in Psychology at the University of Oxford, as a telephone counsellor. Those I spoke to told me I had a comforting voice, and I should be on the radio or a psychotherapist.

Keen to explore the world after graduating, I first went to London to work in business, and then on to the favelas of South America to work in international development.

It was a formative time in my life, and due to events in my own family, I saw first-hand the impact of psychological distress and just how beneficial psychotherapy can be. I learned what it’s like to look within myself and develop core strength, in the same way, I now teach others. It brought me back ‘home’ to the field of psychology.

After gaining a breadth of experience in community mental health settings and as an academic researcher, I qualified as a CBT Therapist with distinction in 2014. I worked full-time in the NHS, which gave me an incredible professional grounding – before focusing on private practice since 2017.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me outside with my family and our golden retriever, or renovating houses.

Are you ready to build a better life?

Please get in touch today, so that we can get you on your way towards a better life. You can expect a reply within 48 working hours.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Louise Brown

Ministry of Yoga, Crewe, UK

At the points in our lives when it feels like we (or the world around us) is falling apart, we have an opportunity to remake it, to choose those parts that we wish to take with us to build our own future. While counselling does not provide a magic wand or easy fixes, I can offer you space to be curious about what changes are possible for you. A place, to explore your past and present, without judgement, so you can find your future direction.
As an integrative counsellor, who has trained in a range of modalities (person centred, systemic, psychodynamic, compassion focused, CBT and solution focused therapies) I offer a collaborative space where together we will discover the right way of working to help you navigate the changes you wish to see in your life. This may include a traditional counselling space where we explore emotions and events through talking, or you may wish to work with one or more of the creative mediums that I offer in my practice, because sometimes finding the right words can be a barrier to exploration. Because you are the expert on yourself, our way of working will always be decided by you, so while I might invite you to try something different, you are always welcome to decline.

I have experience of working with clients in a range of circumstances, including, but not limited to: loss, LGBTQ+ identities, anxiety and depression. I have previously worked in a variety of settings including statutory and voluntary sector organisations, offering both long-term and short-term work. Whatever your circumstance and the change you wish to make, please do get in touch.

Because I know that connecting with your counsellor is key to the success of therapy, I am happy to offer a free, 20 minute, telephone consultation to see how we might be able to work together before you commit to paid sessions.

Appointments take place in a purpose-built counselling room at The Ministry of Yoga in Crewe. The venue is a short walk from the train station and accessible by public transport. Sessions cost £35 per 50 minute session for counselling and £40 per hour for Supervision. Supervision is offered to counsellors, mentors, and other mental health professionals.

Pamela Ginn

Birmingham Buddhist Centre, Park Road, Birmingham, UK

I provide a safe none critical space for you to communicate your thoughts and feelings.
I provide guidance and strategies to help you through your concerns.

I appreciate that seeking help can be a challenge and want to make this step in your life as clear, simple and easy as possible.
Just as you would go to the doctor for a physical problem for specialist support, counselling and psychotherapy can help you for emotion and mental struggles.
To arrange an over the phone consultation, simply scroll down and leave a message in the box.

I endeavour to be inclusive in my delivery both in group and 1:2:1 therapeutic and educational work.
I will take into consideration different needs, understandings and backgrounds so all can engage in a safe and beneficial way. I am fortunate to work in a team that is multi-racial, different ages, wide range of cultures, religions, orientations and physical abilities and interests. We celebrate each individual’s unique qualities and I learn new things about the diversity of human life everyday.

All my client assessments and evaluation feedback are kept confidential. The only time this information is shared with other organisations is if I have reason to and have consent to share this information from the client in question. Alternatively if there is an immediate safe guarding concern involving the client or a third party who is at risk, I will break confidentiality following the rules of GDPR.

Free phone consultation.
– Session at a time £48.
– Course of 6 sessions at £240 (£40 an hour).

Cancellation rules:
– Client must give 24 hours notice when cancelling an appointment.
– If this does not happen the client will be charged for the appointment due to room booking constants.

Therapy structure:
-Phone consultation, introduction to therapy, information gathering on client’s concerns and goals for therapy
-First therapy appointment and contract (starting with 6 sessions)
-Review of therapy after 6 session, continuing with therapy depending on the needs of the client.

Helen Correia

Murdoch WA 6150, Australia

I am a clinical psychologist and academic with a keen interest in compassionate oriented approaches to interventions for individuals, groups and communities. I have worked across a range of settings with diverse populations using compassion focused therapy and compassionate mind training approaches in clinical interventions, education, training, and supervision. I am particularly interested in applying compassion-based approaches, and CFT in particular, in cultivating compassionate relationships and environments such as working with carers and loved ones, communities, and organisations.

Sally Cosgrove

Hertfordshire, UK

I trained as a Clinical Psychologist in Oxford, qualifying in 1991. Since then, I have mainly worked in the NHS. Alongside my NHS work, I provide online therapy and supervision for people in the UK and beyond, through my online business: Far and Wide Therapy.
I have experience of most areas of adult mental health, but in particular:
• Eating disorders
• Trauma and childhood abuse
• Anxiety and stress
• Grief and loss
• Adjustment and transition
• Issues arising from cross-cultural/overseas humanitarian work
I was initially trained in CBT, but over time I’ve developed a more integrative style of working, drawing in particular from CFT, schema therapy and ACT.

Dr. Ikuo Ishimura

Jujodai, Kita City, Tokyo 114-0033, Japan

I am an associate professor in Tokyo Seitoku University and working as a clinical psychologist in a psychiatric clinic in Japan. I have got a doctoral degree in clinical psychology in University of Tsukuba and also completed postgraduate certificate in Compassion Focused Therapy in University of Derby in 2018.
I have also translated Dr. Mary Welford’s book and Dr. Deborah Lee’s book into Japanese to introduce CFT widely to Japanese clinical psychogists. I am a manager of coordinating and holding CFT training workshops in Japan every year such as Dr. Chirs Irons in 2016, Dr. Mary Welford in 2017, Dr Deborah Lee in 2018, Dr Paul Gilbert and Dr. James Kirby in 2019, and Dr. Russell Kolts in 2020.

Igor Krnetic

Kralja Petra II 45, Banja Luka 78000, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Prof. Igor Krnetić, PhD, is the pioneer of the third wave CBT in the Western Balkans and is a Certified CBT Supervisor since 2007. He has been applying CFT in his clinical work since 2013 and has been taught by founder Paul Gilbert. Co-authored with Paul Gilbert the chapter on CFT in the first comprehensive book on CBT in the local language “CBT Today: Development and Changes.”

Prof. Igor Krnetić founded the first training center for CBT in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and first in the Western Balkans began to deliver trainings in third wave CBT for mental health professionals. He delivered CFT trainings in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Banja Luka and Sarajevo), Serbia (Belgrade and Novi Sad), Croatia (Zagreb and Split) and Slovenia (Ljubljana), and in mid-October each year it organizes a 12 Week Training Course in Compassion Focused ACT in his training center for CBT in Banja Luka.

Prof. Igor Krnetić also founded Center for Mindfulness, in collaboration with his student and colleague Mario Maričić, guided by the idea of ​​researching, enhancing and promoting mindfulness and compassion in daily life and within the third wave of CBT, as well as helping young colleagues and students to begin their careers as psychotherapists and counselors. In accordance with this idea, he financed the establishment of the Student Counseling Center and provide training activities for the integrating mindfulness and compassion in daily life of mental health professionals, and continuously provide pro bono supervision for counselors engaged at the Center for Mindfulness.

Sara Clarke

Darwin NT 0810, Australia

I have worked as a counsellor, supervisor and counsellor trainer for over 30 years and am BACP accredited. I have witnessed the emergence of CFT with great relief as it resonates strongly with my own beliefs and values both personally and professionally. I consider it a much needed trans-clinical, trans-theoretical humanistic model. Although I have not yet undertaken any formal training in CFT, I have read widely about the model and it’s applications as well as accessing many on-line learning opportunities. I have integrated many of the principles and strategies of CFT into my clinical work.
I am currently working as a counsellor/educator for a private health provider.

Mr Peter Cowell

Bonny Mead, Cotgrave, Nottingham NG12 3QH, UK

I have been described by clients as ‘caring, nurturing, and gentle’. I attempt to make sense of what is feeling wrong and to help them relieve their anxiety and depression, heal wounds, sadness and anger from relationships or grieve losses. I also help to improve their self-esteem and regain their ability for closeness and intimacy. I apply an integrative model of counselling including CFT ; CBT and EMDR and specialize in working with adults who were sexually abused as children.
MA (Pass with Merit) Counselling Practice: 2008 Nottingham University
PGC Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. 2010 University of Leicester
BSc (First Class Honours) Computer Science. 2008. Queen Mary University of London
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. Level 4 CPCAB 2006: South Nott’s College
Certificate in Counselling Skills. Level 2 CPCAB 2004.South Nott’s College.
Certificate in Counselling Studies. Level 2 CPCAB 2004.South Nott’s College
EMDR Certificate of Attendance which is recognized by EMDRIA and EMDR-E.
Certificate in Person Centred Supervision University of North Wales. 2010
Professional Affiliations:
BACP: Senior Accreditation Counsellor/Psychotherapist 2008
BABCP: British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies.
EABCT: European Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies.

Megan Edwards

Killierisk, Tralee, County Kerry, V92 VYD9, Ireland

I work in west Kerry with people with a range of difficulties and use a compassion focussed approach to help people with high levels of shame and self-criticism, including trauma work, issues with confidence and self-esteem, generalised anxiety, depression.

Currently this is one to one work, but I am looking at the possibility of group work in the future.

Lexy Rose

Balanced Minds, Victoria Street, London, UK

I am a Clinical Psychologist, registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

I have worked with a diverse range of client difficulties across a variety of contexts. My therapeutic approach focuses on using warmth and curiosity, recognising that the way people understand themselves and others is through their social upbringing and personal experiences and that they develop coping strategies based on these.

I first develop a shared understanding of the presenting problems, including a client’s personal strengths and values. My therapeutic approach is informed by Compassion Focused Therapy, as well as, where appropriate, the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (both ‘traditional’ and ‘3rd wave’ approaches, such as mindfulness). I will always adapt techniques based on a client’s needs.

My areas of interest include working with adults with problems with anxiety, feeling low, self-criticism, and longer-standing difficulties.

I currently work in private practice as an Associate with Balanced Minds, an organisation based in London which specifically focuses on providing CFT, and with Leathes Psychology, a practice in Reading, Berkshire. Alongside these roles, I work in the NHS, working with adults with learning disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Kate Kearney

Galway, H91 W26K, Ireland

I am a psychotherapist working in private practice and within the National University of Ireland, Galway counselling and wellbeing service. I am qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and I have also completed the PgCert in Compassion Focused Therapy in Derby University. I provide CFT to individuals of all ages and with a range of presentations.

Kari Wolman Killianey

617 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA, USA

I am a clinical psychologist offering individual therapy to adults dealing with depression, anxiety, transitions, and a wide variety of other life stressors. My approach to therapy is collaborative, non-judgmental, and action-oriented. I practice evidence-based treatments drawn from a wide variety of cognitive behavioral therapies, particularly Compassion Focused Therapy. The development and cultivation of compassion for yourself and others is core to my practice as a therapist.

To be compassionate is to be sensitive to suffering in oneself and others, and to be motivated to prevent and alleviate that suffering. A compassionate motivation underpins healing, growth, and strengthening of relationships with oneself and others. You can expect me to model compassion and help you learn how to create a more caring and reassuring relationship with yourself. You can expect my compassionate response and support when things get difficult, and my excitement with you as you celebrate the joys of life.

Edita Lemonnier

Kammakargatan 61, Stockholm, Sweden

I lic. psychologist (Stockholm University), lecturer and organisational consultant.
I offer CFT and CBT for children, adults and groups.
I supervise teams and companies.
I am a member of the Swedish Association of Psychology and the Swedish Association for Behavioural Therapy.
My office is located in Stockholm, Kammakargatan 62, 8 min walk from the Central Station. I offer consultation via Skype as well and for the clients that prefer i do ”walk and talk”, instead of sitting in my office we talk while walking outside

Petra Malesevic

10000, Zagreb, Croatia

I am a psychologist from Croatia (Zagreb) with a MSc degree in Psychology from Charles University in Prague (graduated in 2001 with thesis: „Moral judgment of women and men: Relationship between moral judgment and gender identity”) and a postgraduate certificate in Compassion Focused Therapy from University of Derby (graduated in 2017).
During my Master’s studies I inclined more to biological and experimental side of psychology, being a true lover of behaviourism, evolutionary psychology & ethology and «neuro» subjects. Psychotherapy was my first choice; however, my path has not been straightforward. I spent seven years working in the human resources consulting field of psychology.
In 2011 I decided to change the course of my professional life and started a cognitive-behavioural therapy training. In the second phase of the training I came across Paul Gilbert’s book «Compassion Focused Therapy, Distinctive Features» and felt a strong concordance of thoughts and opinions, reliving my love for the certain ideas and fields of psychology. I read other Paul Gilbert’s books and decided to enrol in the CFT Training Programme at Derby University, wanting to use the chance to learn from the founder of CFT.
Today I work at a private practice in Zagreb and in addition to CFT, I also practice CBT, ACT and MBCT. I hold mindfulness and autogenic training trainings.
I continually educate myself in the field of psychotherapy and psychodiagnostics. I have attended many professional workshops related to CBT, mindfulness, CFT, ACT and psychodiagnostics. I presented at the first CBT conference organised by the Croatian Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies and some other venues in Croatia.
In the past few years, I have been dedicated to bringing CFT to Croatia by intensifying my therapeutic work, giving presentations about CFT at conferences in Croatia and organising CFT introductory workshops and presentations.
My main interests are psychophysiology, neuroscience, attachment styles in adulthood, evolutionary psychology, epigenetics, behaviourism, developmental and social psychology. I take great care of ethics in my work and value a responsible attitude to life and work.
Please, feel free to contact me for any additional information. I’ll be glad to assist.

Dr Alison Rooney

Malahide, Co. Dublin, Ireland

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist. Using a primarily compassion focused therapy approach, I work with children, adolescents, adults and families who are experiencing a wide range of difficulties, including, anxiety, depression, relationships concerns, trauma, eating problems, low self-confidence.
I am very interested in the experience of “not feeling good enough” and have found that CFT is hugely beneficial for clients in reducing shame and developing self-compassion.