Dr Anna Brooks

Princess of Wales Hospital Bridgend Mid Glamorgan Wales

My name is Dr Anna Brooks. I am a Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Principle Psychologist with a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. I am accredited as a supervisor with the British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), and I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS). I work in South Wales and I am trained in a range of therapeutic approaches including Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). I have worked in NHS Services for thirteen years and specialised in working with older people with a range of mental health presentations including cognitive functioning difficulties.  I have also worked with people children and adolescents who have experienced a wide range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), fluctuating moods/emotional instability, trauma based difficulties, personality disorders, relationship difficulties and low self-worth/shame.

In my professional experiences so far, I am always struck by the theme of self-criticism and shame that many people experience.  Using CFT in particular is always powerful in being able to help people to develop a compassionate mind to help strengthen their compassion skills to help facilitate positive change in their lives.

Elizabeth Forrest

Online, Crosby, Merseyside - L23

I have a passion for mental health and wellbeing.  I am currently running my own private practice – Forrest Talking Therapies – whilst also working as a Senior Lecturer in CBT at the University of Chester.


I started my career as a person-centred counsellor and have spent the last 13 years mainly working as a cognitive-behavioural therapist.  I love working with CFT as this gives me a bridge between the counselling and cognitive behavioural approaches as well as focusing on growth rather than ‘disorder’.


I regularly apply CFT to my own day to day life and have seen it make a meaningful difference to many people I have worked with in my clinic.

Christine Grace McMulkin

Toronto Ontario Canada

With warmth, grace and grounded strength, I instil calm and nurture loving connections – within ourselves, with one another, and within community. My name is Christine Grace McMulkin and I am a Compassion Focused Therapist, a Self Compassion in Psychotherapy program graduate, a Certified, seasoned and revered Mindful Self Compassion Teacher, Teacher Trainer and Mentor.

Through navigating times of personal change and challenge, I have learned and live the importance of being with ourselves in kinder, gentler, and emboldening ways.

Whether you are seeking guidance in navigating the impact of life stresses, losses, transitions, burdens, anxieties or depressions, through one to one individual online sessions, I am devoted to supporting you in cultivating self honouring changes in your life.

As well as Compassion focused and Mindfulness practices, I am supported by beach walks at dawn, singing soulful songs, dancing with carefree abandon to some old-fashioned rock and roll, hikes with a beloved golden retriever, heartfelt and laughter filled moments with family and friends, and endless cups of tea. The kettle is on. I welcome connecting with you.

Dr Shelley Kerr

226 North Street Southville Bristol, UK, BS3 1JD

I’m a Clinical Psychologist who helps adults who are feeling overwhelmed and self-critical to make sense of their experiences and find workable, sustainable ways to cope, so that they can feel good about themselves and thrive in their lives once more.


I have been working therapeutically with people who struggle with their difficult emotions since 2003. I have helped people who are suffering in all sorts of ways. Despite their different difficulties and lives, all these folk had some things in common. One was that they wanted things to be different yet weren’t able to get there on their own. They had tried so hard, and realised that they needed care to heal and find a way to get unstuck.


It was also clear to me that they were all coping in their own best ways. Sometimes these ways were helpful and sustainable. Other times they found themselves resorting to strategies that weren’t sustainable and sometimes were downright dangerous; overeating, avoiding important things in life, withdrawing, self harming, considering suicide, lashing out and turning to substances.


Often too, they were thinking badly of themselves, feeling ashamed about their struggles and wishing things were different. Even when they had supportive others around them, they often worried about their relationships and weren’t always able to get the care they needed.


The thing is, we could always make sense of their experiences when we considered their feelings and the context. Always. None of these folk were bad, unlovable or broken, no matter how much they believed they were. And it was always possible to build the caring relationships they needed with themselves and with others.


And this is why I know that you too can heal in the way you hope. It is possible to get unstuck from whatever you’re struggling with.


I can’t promise it will be easy. It is sure to take a lot of determination and commitment. Though I do know that it is possible for you to heal, especially if we can create for you a context of compassion.


CFT is my primary model of therapy, and I find it an incredibly helpful approach for my clients, supervisees and myself. I work with adults in private practice at Compassionate Change, in Bristol and online. I am an associate with Balanced Minds, a large CFT practice in London. I previously worked for many years in a specialist NHS service for people presenting with difficulties relating to ‘personality disorder’, and established a CFT pathway for treatment within this service. As well as CFT, I also have experience and expertise in offering DBT and CBT.


Please reach out if you’d like to discuss your needs and let’s consider together whether I would be a helpful therapist for you.



Leandro Pizutti

Av. Cel. Lucas de Oliveira, 505 sala 304 Porto Alegre – RS - Brasil CEP 90450-045

I am a psychiatrist with 22 years of clinical practice. I have been interested in psychotherapeutic care since my medical residency period, and I did my first training as a psychotherapist in psychodynamic therapy, between 2002 and 2005. Between 2009 and 2011, I took a Master’s degree in Health Sciences, studying a population of women with fibromyalgia, and I discovered the Mindfulness-based interventions. In 2014 I started training as a mindfulness teacher, which led me to study mindfulness-based psychotherapies, having completed training in DBT in 2016. Between 2013 and 2017 I did a PhD in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, studying the impact of an 8-week mindfulness program on healthcare professionals. In 2019 I attended the introductory workshop on CFT with prof. Paul Gilbert, which led me to enter the Diploma in CFT in 2022, now completed in 2023.

I currently see patients in individual psychotherapy within CFT and DBT approaches in a private practice, and I lead 8-week mindfulness groups within Breathworks protocols.

Raimundo Soto

Chillán, Región de Ñuble, Chile. Postal Code 3780000 . (Just working remotely).

I’m a clinical psychologist from Chile, trained in the CFT model and certified trainer of the Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) 8 week program. I’ve been working with CFT since 2019 with different clinical populations, in individual and group settings. It has been a revelation for me to be able to develop a compassionate approach to suffering, integrating the evolutionary understanding of the mind with mindfulness and compassion practices.It has been really useful for working with self critic, anxiety, depression and chronic pain, which are my main areas of expertise. Also I use this model to provide psychedelic integration, teaching emotional regulation skills and a compassionate point of view for those who decide to have a psychedelic experience and need support afterwards.

Currently I’m offering all of my services online: individual psychotherapy, psychedelic integration and also the 8 week CMT program.

Jianhui (Jane) Xiong

04-85 Lowther Avenue, Toronto, Canada M5 R 1C9

I am a registered psychotherapist and a spiritual care practitioner in Toronto, Canada. I have been interested in CFT when I was a MSc student at the University of Toronto during 2017-2021, doing a Master of Pastoral Studies in Buddhism stream. Before this career, my previous professional life was a MD, PhD clinical microbiologist and researcher for 30 years.


I have been studied and practiced for CFT therapy since late 2020. I participated in Professor Paul Gilbert’s CFT group therapy workshop in 2021 and CFT therapeutic chair work online workshop led by Tobyn Bell and Matt A Pugh in 2020. I also participated in Greg Samuelson’s CFT group supervision (twice a month) and teachings and community activities for two years (2020-2). Recently I was in Greg Samuelson’s CFT Advanced Clinical Skills and Practice workshop (2023). In my over 3000 clinical practice hours including both in the hospital and private setting, CFT has been one of the main modalities that I have been implied in my clients/patients care.

Christianne Vink

Amsterdam's Graveland

I have a private practice in (compassion focussed) psychotherapy and occupational health psychology.

My services include one on one psychotherapy, (which can take place in my practice office but also outside, during a walk in nature). I offer group sessions as well.


I am a member of the Dutch organization “Buitenpsychologen”, psychologists who incorporate nature in their treatments. Many times, I have experienced the additional healing benefits of compassion focussed sessions in nature.

Hazel Green

Room 8, 72 Wilson Street, Derby DE1 1PL

Hello and welcome to my profile, my name is Hazel and my job is to help you understand what is making things hard for you and figure out how to make them better.

Often we have one or several problems that cause us distress which is difficult enough but then, because of the way we are wired, we heap on a lot of anxiety and self criticism which makes it all harder to bear. By understanding what is happening in our mind and body we can begin lighten the exhausting burden of shame, critics and anxiety so that we can become more resilient to distress and more connected to positive experiences and feelings.

Compassion Focused Therapy is a unique approach that not only helps us understand our emotions and behaviours but offers tools and practical guidance on how we can take control over our thoughts and experiences and develop better relationships with ourselves and others.

I have been practicing as a counsellor for over five years working in private practice, and the NHS as a palliative care counsellor. I work with a range of difficulties including trauma, abuse, anxiety, depression, neuro-diversity, and relationship problems. I am also a clinical supervisor and I teach counselling. My work is client centred meaning that we work together to figure out what is most important and helpful to you.

We don’t choose our thoughts and feelings but we can change them.

Dr Sophie L Mayhew

Kilworthy Park, Drake Road, Tavistock, Devon PL19 0BZ

I’m a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, trained in Compassion Focused Therapy and used to work as a clinical psychologist alongside Paul Gilbert in the early days of CFT back in the day, in 2003 when I obtained my doctorate. I have published research in compassion focused therapy with people experiencing psychosis and written a book chapter. I have provided CFT training on behalf of the Compassionate Mind Foundation and CFT supervision.

I have over 25 years of experience as a psychologist, 22 of these in the NHS predominantly working with Adults with complex and severe mental health problems. I specialised in psychosis. I currently work in my own practice in Cornwall with adults over 18, experiencing mental half the problems, specialising in Compassion Focused Therapy. I also use ACT and CBT approaches. The majority of my therapy work uses a CFT approach. Another aspect of my work is that I am an Expert Witness in Civil Litigation for the courts.

I have a clinic in Tavistock, Devon as well as providing remote therapy from my home office.

I am also Chair of Governors for 2 local primary schools.

Lucy Courtney-Brisbane

Birmingham, UK

I am a HCPC registered practitioner psychologist with a number of years post qualification experience working both in the NHS and in private practice.

I provide individual therapy, supervision and organisational services. I am a forensic psychologist by background, but currently work in adult mental health services and in supporting people with experiences of trauma.

I work from a CFT model, with aspects of other models such as DBT and ACT, depending on individual needs.

I enjoy working creatively with clients to support them to achieve their goals in therapy.

Sessions are offered online or via telephone, with a free initial 30 minute session to discuss your needs, which can be booked via the website.


Alessia Piazza

Via Luigi Settembrini 2, 20124, Milan, Italy

Alessia completed the postgraduate certificate in Compassion Focus Therapy (University of Derby) with Dr. Paul Gilbert. Her Supervisor in CFT has been Dr. Kate Lucre. She works in a private setting as a clinical psychologist and cognitive and behavioral psychotherapist incorporating CFT, sensorimotor psychotherapy, mindfulness and trauma-sensitive yoga. Alessia is a registered psychologist and psychotherapist in Italy and Swiss. She is a member of Italian and International associations such as the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). She works with adults, groups, LGBTQIA+ communities and trauma survivors. Alessia offers sessions in Italian, English and Spanish.

Maria Law

Tadcaster Community Library, Station Road, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire LS24 9JG

I’m a CBT Therapist who has been accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists since 2004 and I completed the advanced CFT therapy training with Paul Gilbert and Mary Welford in 2015.


Following this I have facilitated Compassion Focused Therapy groups. I continue to facilitate a Compassion Focused Therapy Graduate Group in York for The Retreat, York.

I have used CFT with individual clients since 2015 and use it on myself.


I have been offering Compassion focused therapy whole school approaches for the past six years and this has involved large scale training of staff and students, as well as 1-1 therapy sessions, small group training, staff support sessions (individual and group), compassion based meditation sessions.


I am self-employed as a CFT therapist and CBT therapist and I am able to offer therapy on an individual basis to adults and young people.


I practice mindfulness and compassion based mindful practice daily and completed an 8 week MBSR course with The Northern Center for Mindfulness in 2015.

I practice Yoga on a daily basis.

John Sendim

59 Annie Craig Drive, Etobicoke, Ontario Canada

I am a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario Canada practicing CFT. I work mainly with men who are dealing with emotional distress (anxiety, depression, stress, anger) and are looking to achieve a sense of calmness and balance in their lives, work and relationship.


Areas of focus:

  • Men’s Issues and Men’s Mental Health
  • Identity (Being or Becoming a father), masculinity
  • Anxiety / Depression / Anger

Helena Virk

Pijnboomstraat 86, 2565ZS, Den Haag, The Netherlands

Hello, my name is Helena, and thank you for showing interest in my profile.

My professional roots are in the UK where I qualified as a Chartered Forensic Psychologist (C.Psychol). After moving to The Netherlands I started facilitating therapy with individuals. I have always had a keen interest in psychology; why we behave in certain ways, what makes us different, what influences our thinking and emotions, and what can be done to help others.

My therapeutic experience lies originally in CBT, however CFT is now my main therapeutical modality. I also have completed training and practiced Positive Psychology. In terms of clients,

I work with a range of adults from different backgrounds and cultures. I have particular interest in working with expectant mothers and mothers as this is can be a time of personal transition with new challenges and rewards. I also have experience working with individuals that may be experiencing low mood, anxiety, stress, challenges with self-worth, sense of identity, work-related issues, and integrating into another country. Being an expat myself, I can relate to the challenges that individuals may face when living in a different country, therefore I am keen to help and support others who find themselves in this situation.

On a personal note, I enjoy music and going to concerts, appreciating nature and art, trying out new food, and gardening.

Peter Gillogley

The New Farm Wellness Centre, 187 James St, New Farm QLD 4005, Australia

Peter Gillogley is a Counselling Psychologist with over 20 years experience counselling teens and adults. Peter divides his time between running a CFT group-based day program at the Ramsay Clinic New Farm as well as working in private practice at New Farm Wellness Centre as well as private practice at the Brisbane ACT Centre. Peter has a particular interest in utilising compassion with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma (including PTSD and C-PTSD), dissociation and psychosis.

Peter is also passionate about helping clients build psychological flexibility (utilising Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) as well as processing traumatic memories (utilising EMDR).

Aleksandra Ignjatovic

11000 Belgrade Serbia

I am a RE&CBT certified psychotherapist and doctor of medicine. Very early on I realized that my career path was studying human psychology, emotions, and behaviour.

My approach is directive but at the same time empathetic and compassionate.
With my knowledge, I help individuals who are dealing with depression, difficult childhood, worries, stress, separation problems (love breakup, divorce, death of a close person), generalized anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, specific phobias, health anxiety, anger, communication problems (assertiveness), post-traumatic stress disorder.

I am focused and committed to development of specific therapeutic relationship that I consider to be one of the most important components of the therapeutic process. I base it on trust and unconditional acceptance because it is important to me that my clients feel safe, secure and comfortable working with me.

Tarık Gandur

1736/1. Sk. No:8, Kemer, 09100 Efeler/Aydın/ Turkey

I’m a psychologist and psychotherapist from Turkey. I am a Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology, trained in behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused approaches mainly. I also use EMDR for trauma treatment.  I provide psychotherapy for individuals and couples both in Turkey and everywhere else via teletherapy.

I define my approach to psychotherapy as humanistic, client-focused, goal-oriented, and time-limited. Cognitive Behavioral techniques form the backbone of my intervention techniques. I also benefit from solution-focused approaches and techniques. I make extensive use of mindfulness and somatic interventions in my work. Compassion-Focused Therapy has been the basis of my approach lately, as it functions as a framework that allows me to combine all these techniques into a coherent whole.

Daniel Jiménez

Centro de Bienestar Emocional, República del Libano #13, Santiago De Los Caballeros, 51000, Dominican Republic

My name is Daniel Jiménez, and I’m a therapist from the Dominican Republic. I enjoy being in contact with nature, role-playing games, and spending time with my family and friends.

I trained in CBT at University of Derby, where I also learned the basics of CFT and mindfulness, which are now key components of my therapeutic approach. My private practice is based in the Dominican Republic, but I also provide online sessions for clients all over the world. I’m bilingual; my mother language is Spanish.

My approach is widely based on CFT, and I frequently employ techniques such as chair work, self-compassion visualization, grounding and soothing meditation. My area of expertise is emotional dysregulation, and I often work with clients suffering from anxiety, depression and anger-related issues.

I am a Psychologist with a MSc in Psychotherapy. Experienced in the fields of group and individual counseling, Career development and Career Coaching with adults and adolescents (16 years of age and older). I am certified Psychodrama counselor and am a member of Serbian Psychologist Association (DPS).
I practice CFT with all of my clients, as a central approach which enables clients to better understand their own needs and feelings, as well as a tool to help them to better understand and accept other people and their feelings, altogether with challenges that we all have in our lives.
I also use variety of other approaches in order to tailor therapy to each client according to her/his own needs, including CFT, ACT, Psychodrama, Body Psychotherapy and Art therapy.
Just recently I moved from Serbia to The Netherlands, so my main focus is on challenges connected with expat life as well as on clients that have experience as expats/emigrants/ immigrants but am also experienced in work with refugees and displaced persons.

Esther, Yee Wai Mui

Hong Kong, China

I am a Hong Kong based CFT therapist and a qualified social work and mediator.  Since 2017, I have used Compassion Focused Therapy / Mind Training to help the Chinese community, particularly in Hong Kong.   I write CFT materials in Chinese and accurately translate key words used in CFT into Chinese.  I regularly run CFT groups and individual services to support caregivers and people in distress. I also support individuals and professionals in personal development.   Alongside my CFT work in Hong Kong, I regularly engage with CFT supervisors in the UK and regularly attend training. As an evidence-based practitioner, I am committed to research and development of CFT therapy for the Chinese community and as part of the global CFT community.


I am studying for a PhD at HKU (supervised by Dr Sherry Kit Wa Chan) focused on the development of CFT intervention for caregivers of patients with schizophrenia in Hong Kong.

Jodie Wozencroft-Reay

137 Bridge Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 6QE

As salaam alaykum! My name is Jodie, I’m a cognitive behaviour psychotherapist and Muslim convert.

​I am passionate about helping people, and I believe with my experience I’m equipped to help you. ​​I have worked with people of all ages for over 13 years, and specifically in mental health therapy for over 7 years within the third sector (charities), local authorities and the NHS

​​House of Healing CBT came about following my own CBT treatment for postnatal PTSD (trauma). I absolutely benefitted from the therapy provided, but I missed the spiritual aspect. I wanted, and feel others deserve, a faith based evidence based therapeutic approach. My hope is that taking a truly holistic approach to therapy will include you as a whole, not just a presenting problem.

​​I use a variety of approaches to support people. I originally qualified as an accredited cognitive behaviour psychotherapist (BABCP accred.), then completed training in Islamic psychology. I am an associate fellow with the International Association for Islamic Psychology (IAIP) and receive regular supervision from an Islamic perspective. I have developed by training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy (PG Cert).

Nina Preston

Harrogate HG3 2LX

Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist recognised by the British Psychological Society, and Registered Forensic Psychologist with the Health and Care Professionals Council. Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society and recognised on the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (BPS approved supervisors list).

Experienced in the case formulation and treatment of individuals with complex risk, mental health and personality related needs. Over twelve years employment within the Prison Service as a Psychologist, specialist skills and experience acquired from working in dedicated personality disorder, and high risk/ high harm units. Current employment of over two years working within the National Health Service (NHS), applying and advancing skills in the formulation, assessment and treatment of adults and young people in the community, at risk of harm. Current employment at Principal Forensic Psychologist within Yorkshire and Humber Forensic CAMHS.


An advocate for compassionate care and trauma informed approaches, with a systemic focus. Working to support those who often have been ‘silenced’, to have their voices heard.


Therapy services offered include:

  • Individual CFT with adults or young people
  • Group CFT with children and young people (specifically within school context to support compassionate mindsets and resiliency skills)
  • Blended therapeutic approaches including more niche ecotherapy and canine assisted therapy approaches

Dr Johannes Graser

Witten/Herdecke University, Alfred-Herrhausen-Straße, 58455 Witten, Germany

I am a clinical psychologist, licensed CBT-therapist, researcher and lecturer based at Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. I have extensive training in CFT and have presented workshops on CFT and Loving Kindness Meditation. My research focuses on CFT for patients with intellectual disabilities and patients with persistent depressive disorder. I offer CFT in individual therapy for all mental disorders and CFT in groups for patients with intellectual disabilities. Public German health insurance is accepted.


I am founder of a German volunteering platform to bring together volunteers and social institutions ( In my free time, I write jokes which I love to perform at rather small standup-comedy clubs.

Dr Angelica Attard

King's Cross Road, London WC1X 9DE, UK

I work in the private sector on a full-time basis in my Clinical Psychology practice Libratum. I am passionate about working with professionals in the City of London from Financial, Legal, Consulting, Media, and Academic sectors and have extensive experience supporting them with problems related to organisational pressures, stress, burnout, anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, loss of meaning and purpose, challenges for expats, relationships difficulties, perinatal mental health problems, perfectionism, and self-criticism.

Compassion Focussed Therapy is the core therapeutic model that I use in my individual therapy together with mindfulness based approaches and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I also offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR).

I also provide consultation and deliver supervision to clinical psychologists. I deliver corporate well-being workshops to leaders and staff teams in organisations which are based on the principles of mindfulness and compassion.

Previous clinical background;
In the NHS I specialised in working in Early Intervention Services with people with psychosis and schizophrenia as well as supporting family members, friends, and carers in their caregiving roles. I chose to broaden my specialist focus to support mothers, fathers and carers with perinatal mental health problems to help them develop strong bonds with their babies.


Eli Cookson

06600 Antibes, France

I started training in 2006 at the Institute of Counselling in Glasgow specialising in Couples and Family issues, Grief and Bereavement, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders.


I then continued with CPD (Continuing Professional Development) courses related to Couples and Family issues and Traumas at TCCR, Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, followed by training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the University of Essex and pursued more studies at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Fundation Trust.

I completed a post-graduate psychotherapy degree at the psychiatric at Claude Bernard University Lyon 1 /  CHU hospital Vinatier in Lyon and continued with residential and summer schools at TCCR to further her experience in relationships and families.

In 2017 I was introduced to CFT by Chris Irons and throughout the years I have continued my training in CFT, which I now essentially applied in therapy.

I am accredited by the National Counselling Society and work according to the BACP code of ethics.


I am both clinical and pastoral counselor, and a psychodynamic psychotherapist, and I work as a private practitioner.


I am involved with voluntary work and I offer my service as counselor and psychotherapist to several charities and groups, currently the Cancer Support Group 06 (CSG06) being one of them.

María Ileana Costa

Virrey del Pino, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina

My academic training is under continuous construction.

Since college my focus was Cognitive Behavioral. Work for many years from Public Health at Posadas Hospital with people with Chronic Diseases, accompanying their medical treatment processes.

I trained in Behavioral Dialectic Therapy – DBT-, and discovered Mindfulness, which became part of the way.

As part of the quest to accompany my patients and alleviate their suffering and personal care I discovered the “Compassion” tool.

And by the hand of that tool I discovered Paul Gilbert’s model.

I am co-founder of Compassionate Motivation, which emerged in me as a necessity.

Kate Snewin

Union Street, Stonehouse, Plymouth PL1 3HQ, UK

It takes a lot of courage to seek therapy. You may feel unsure about whether you’re doing the right thing for yourself or your child, that is a very common feeling and one that is understandable. There is no one size fits all in therapy, the most important place to start figuring out what might be helpful is by listening to what you have to say, in your own words, with openness and curiosity. As we start to get to know each other then we can work out together which direction you want to go in.

What I like about CFT is that it isn’t rigid and prescribed, there is flexibility to find what fits each person. It is also really important to me that we work from a place of common ground. As humans, we all struggle at times. However, by using the principles of CFT and utilising our courage, we can move towards what causes us difficulty and find a path through.

I have a lot of experience in working with children, young people and families, however I welcome working with people of all ages. I offer CFT for a variety of difficulties, such as recent or historical  trauma, anxiety, stress, depression, self-criticism, shame, self-esteem difficulties, relationship difficulties, self-harm, bereavement and many more. I run Compassionate Mind Training to groups of young people and also to parents. I also offer training and staff support to organisations such as NHS teams and schools. I am currently training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), which I will use alongside CFT.

Dr Naomi Bright

C4DI Hull @TheDock 31-38 Queen St Hull HU1 1UU

I am a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council. I have an additional Postgraduate Certificate in Compassion Focused Therapy from the University of Derby and have trained with Professor Paul Gilbert. As a Compassion Focused Therapist I am focused on helping you to understand your difficulties in a non blaming way and working together to find different ways of managing distress. I work in the National Health Service with individuals who have experienced trauma. Alongside this I offer a private practice of one to one therapy for adults.

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

London, UK

I have worked for over 15 years as a counselling psychologist in the NHS. Recently this has been within an IAPT service (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) 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 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, Wednesdays and Thursdays, between 2.00pm and 8.00pm.

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, Moseley, 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 £50

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, Terminal House, 52 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0AU

Lexy has worked with clients experiencing a range of mental health difficulties and distress. Her therapeutic approach focuses on using warmth and curiosity with the aim of supporting clients to develop an understanding about their difficulties, and helpful ways to work with them.


Lexy was drawn to Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) as it focuses on helping us understand psychological pain and distress using ideas from evolutionary psychology, with an emphasis on skills training to develop a ‘compassionate self-identity’. The aim is that, with this knowledge and training, comes the strength and courage needed to turn towards difficulties and live a life with meaning.  Lexy recognises the importance of this approach and brings it to all areas of her daily life.


Lexy’s therapeutic approach is predominately informed by CFT but can also draw on ideas from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, including 3rd wave approaches, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.


Lexy’s areas of interest include working with adults with problems with anxiety, depression, self-criticism and longer-standing difficulties. Lexy used to work in the NHS with adults with Learning Disabilities, who may also have had other neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder. Lexy currently works solely in private practice offering CFT-informed work to individuals and organisations.


Overall, Lexy considers it to be an immense privilege to work in this field and is always guided by the intention to find helpful ways forward for each individual client, appreciating difference and diversity, and adapting the work as needed.

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.