I am a clinical psychologist, researcher and trainer at Balanced Minds, UK (www.balancedminds.com). For 13 years, I provided psychological therapies in the UK NHS mental health services, and now offer a private practice in Edinburgh (and online) specialising in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). I continue to provide supervision, training, and consultancy in the NHS, as well as other organisations across multiple sectors, including healthcare, social care, education, and charities.
My academic interests mainly lie in understanding and helping people’s distressing experiences associated with psychosis, and I recently spent five years investigating the application of CFT for people in NHS services who are experiencing distress in relation to psychosis (as an MRC Research Fellow at King’s College London and University of Glasgow, 2014-2019). I have a forthcoming book aimed at helping voice-hearers, called ‘Relating to voices using Compassion Focused Therapy’.
I have authored a number of research papers and book chapters, have given numerous invited talks, and have run over a hundred various compassion training workshops both nationally and internationally.
PhD & DClinPsy
BPS Associate Fellow and Chartered Clinical Psychologist (171852); HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist (PYL25704); BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist
I have attended and delivered numerous CFT workshops, and have provided CFT interventions (individual and group) in both NHS and private settings since 2006. I have received clinical supervision from leading CFT experts since 2010, and have supervised other therapists in CFT since 2014. I have mainly been involved with the development and training of CFT for psychosis and voice-hearing, but have also run a number of generic CFT training workshops, including the Compassionate Mind Foundation's 3-day CFT introductory workshop and the 8-week Compassionate Mind Training course for the general public (Irons & Heriot-Maitland, 2020).