CFT-interested therapist

Nikolai Pavlov

138 Roncesvalles, suite 208, Toronto, ON, Canada

I am an experienced psychotherapist working with people with depression, anxiety, psychological trauma and PTSD, grief and loss, and other emotional and situational difficulties. As an immigrant, I have personal experience and understanding of deep psychological challenges for people who change their home. ACBS Peer-Reviewed trainer in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Jean Fain

9 Damon Mill Square, Concord, MA, USA

Jean Fain is a Harvard Medical School-affiliated psychotherapist and the author of “The Self-Compassion Diet.” In addition to seeing individual clients in her Concord, Massachusetts private practice, she runs self-compassion groups for everyday eating issues, including a CFT group for overeating. Jean has written for newspapers (from the Boston Globe to the LA Times), magazines (Oprah, Conde Nast Travel) and on-line news sites (Huffington Post). She is a regular contributor to NPR and WBUR. 

Dr Tammy Lennox

North Shields NE30, UK

I work with individuals age 18+ to help them to develop a compassionate understanding of themselves and what they might be struggling with. Through learning skills and practising self compassion in therapy people  learn to support themselves throughout the ups and downs of life. As a Clinical Psychologist with over ten years of experience I have witnessed many people learn not only to overcome their difficulties but to learn how to thrive. I have found that personal practice has been essential to understanding the benefits of compassion and mindfulness.

I co-ordinate a clinicians supervision group for those with a similar interest in CFT in the north east of England.

I have a special interest in applying CFT within EMDR and those with a history of trauma.

Dr Joanne Milner

Clervaux Terrace, Jarrow, UK

I am a Principal Clinical Psychologist and have 16 years of NHS experience working with those who experience complex mental health problems and psychosis. I provide both individual and group therapies using Compassion Focused Therapy. I also integrate the compassion focused model with other therapeutic models such as Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to provide a bespoke psychological intervention adapted to individualised need.

Dr Tim Chapman

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

I am a Clinical Psychologist, accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, and EMDR practitioner. I work in both the NHS and private practice, and have a special interest in compassion-focused approaches. 

Graham Mackay

Birmingham, UK

I offer individual and group psychotherapy.

I also offer supervision to individuals and teams.

I  can offer bespoke training in areas such as working with personality disorder, staff supervision and well-being and compassionate mind training.

I have worked in mental health services in the NHS for the past 30 years and have now started a small private practice in Birmingham.

I am a full member of the Institute of Group Analysis and am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy as a therapist and approved supervisor.

Dr Laura Keyes, Clinical Psychologist

Goldington Road, Bedford MK40 3NF, UK

Dr Laura Keyes, Clinical Psychologist, provides therapeutic support to adolescents and adults using Compassion Focused Therapy as part of private practice in Bedfordshire.

Dr. Kiera Buchanan

101 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill QLD, Australia

I am a clinical and health psychologist with a particular interest in the prevention and treatment of eating and body-image concerns. Along with my colleague, Dr Stan Steindl, I have co-written a 10-week CFT Focused group program for those presenting with concerns about their weight and/or eating behaviour.

John Julian

South Gippsland, VIC, Australia

I am a clinical therapist, with a post-graduate Social Work degree, with 40 years’ clinical experience.  I have attended several CFT workshops alongside being a certified teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC).

I provide compassion focused approaches with people in a variety of ways – through one-to-one counselling and group work.

I use Compassion-Focused approaches in one-to-one counselling which are available to you through face-to-face as well as through on-line sessions (a stable internet connection is required).    Compassion focused approaches are usually offered in combination with a gentle CBT approach but can also be provided in a more structured way for individuals by using readily available self-help style books. All counselling and assistance involve a person undertaking homework to experience and practice some level of relaxation and then mindfulness and meditation training, alongside other structured homework which progresses towards developing a more compassion self.

I am Medicare registered and people can be referred with a Mental health Care Plan through their GP and provide EAP (through D’Accord, Occupational Assistance Services).

I also provide training sessions on self-care (using a range of self-compassion techniques and approaches) for organizations which range from 1-hour educational sessions to full on-job-training with an 8 -week program.

Tim Ellis

16 Victoria Park, Cambridge, CB4 3EL, UK

I have 12 years full-time, post-qualification experience with two Universities and working privately.  My employment for the last 8 years has been with the University of Cambridge Counselling Service. I also work for the NHS providing clinical supervision to senior nursing staff.

I use a Compassion Focussed approach and draw on my psychodynamic training and experience. I use specific CFT methods if I think this will be helpful. I work short and long term with individuals. I also see couples. For several years, I have run Self-Compassion Workshops to groups of students as part of my work at Cambridge University.

I typically see people once a week. I also offer more or less frequent sessions, depending on what the person would like and what is likely to be most helpful.  I work close to the centre of Cambridge. I provide a calm and containing space to help the person work through any issue they want to bring to therapy.

Joaquín Pastor Sirera

Carrer de la Safor, 12, València, España

I am a clinical psychologist in private practice the last 25 years, with background on CBT, mindfulness (MBCT and MSC teacher), and ACT based psychotherapy, introducing CFT perspectives in my practice and training since I met Paul Gilbert’s fantastic work in 2009.

I am part of the advisory board of the Spanish Association of Mindfulness and Compassion (AEMIND), conducting training in mindfulness based interventions for clinicians since 2010. We are interested in promoting CFT in Spain, and recently we organized some workshops conducted by Paul Gilbert in Valencia with great attendance and interest.

I have experience in mindfulness based psychotherapy with most types of psychological problems, and particular interest in deepening knowledge on CFT adressed to psychosis, OCD and related problems involving unwanted mental content and experiences.

Dennis Tirch PhD

150 East 58th Street, New York, NY, USA, 27th Floor

Dr. Dennis Tirch is a CFT therapist, supervisor and trainer, who has dedicated his career to the development, implementation, training and implementation of CFT. He has worked with Dr. Laura Silberstein Tirch, CFT founder Dr. Paul Gilbert and other leading CFT experts for many years to further a process based, contextually sensitive, compassion focused therapy. Dr. Tirch is the Founder of The Center for CFT in New York, the first clinical training center for Compassion Focused CFT in the USA, and the President of The Compassionate Mind Foundation USA. Dr. Tirch is also an Associate Clinical Professor at Icahn Medical School at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Tirch is an instructor and supervisor for the Post Graduate Certificate in CFT for the University in Derby. Dr. Tirch is the author of  6 books, and numerous chapters and peer reviewed articles on mindfulness, acceptance and compassion focused psychotherapy. Dr. Tirch is President-Elect and a Fellow of The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), Diplomate, Fellow & Certified Consultant & Trainer for The Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and Founding Fellow and Past-President of The New York City CBT Association. Dr. Tirch is also Past President  of The New York City Chapter of ACBS, and founded the Compassion Focused SIG of ACBS, cultivating a CFT community within the CBS community. Dr. Tirch regularly conducts training workshops globally and serves as an invited speaker for many organizations, such as Columbia University, The University of New South Wales, The University of Hong Kong, The NYC-CBT Association, ABCT, ACBS, New York Univeristy, Cornell University, and the Kagyu Samye Ling Buddhist monastery in Scotland. Dr. Tirch also provides online consultation groups and webinar based trainings, and has delivered these for The Association for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (ABCT)  and The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (IMP). Dr. Tirch and The Compassionate Mind Foundation USA host the annual Compassionate Mind Summit and Retreat in the Hudson Valley of New York. More about the Center for CFT and Dr. Tirch can be found at

Dave Rich

425 Madison Avenue, New York, NY, USA

Dave has been training in Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) for over two years and is part of a CFT weekly intensive supervision group under Dr. Dennis Tirch/Compassion Mind Foundation USA.  Dave specializes in integrating CFT practices and interventions with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) with emphasis on working with adolescents and young adults.

Jane Taylor

Kirra, Coolangatta QLD, Australia

Jane Taylor is a caring, compassionate and courageous coach and mentor who is located in Kirra, Gold Coast, Australia. Jane offers retreats, coaching and group workshops. 


Jane Taylor is a registered teacher who has worked across the Independent, State and Catholic education sectors across Australian in P-12 and is also a certified ACC coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Jane began her career as a professional athlete competing on the world tennis stage before finding her passion – learning (or unlearning may be more accurate) and building relationships. This passion evolved in to a career in education as well as facilitating national coaching programs for Tennis Australia and co-ordinating national initiatives for education, before starting her business Habits for Wellbeing. 

Jane has been using compassion in her work since 2017 and has completed training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and also Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC).

Dr Chris Irons

Upper Street, London N1 2UQ, UK

I’m a clinical psychologist, academic, trainer and author specialising in CFT.  I first started working with Paul Gilbert in 1999, and have been involved in some of the research and development of CFT ideas for almost 20 years.

I am one of the directors of Balanced Minds, an organisation based in London and Edinburgh that specifically focuses on providing CFT for individuals, couples, families, the general public and organisations. We are keen to promote the CFT model as far and wide as possible, and supporting other therapists in their CFT practice.

I am the co-author of the ‘Compassionate Mind Workbook’ and ‘Experiencing Compassion Focused Therapy from the Inside Out’, along with the soon to be published ‘Compassionate Mind approach to Emotional Difficulties’

I was one of the founding members of the Compassionate Mind Foundation, and provide CFT training and supervision in the UK and internationally.

Anna Hopwood

Main Street, Huonville TAS, Australia

Anna Hopwood is a registered counsellor providing general counselling services for individuals in the Huon Valley, Tasmania. She holds bachelor level qualifications in psychology and philosophy, and a graduate diploma of counselling. She is keenly interested in Compassion Focused Therapy and related approaches; and CFT theory and techniques are a key influence when conducting sessions. Visiting clients can expect warmth and empathy, safety, encouragement, and nurturing support; as they work toward healing, growth, and positive change.

Jodie Wassner

733 New South Head Rd, Rose Bay NSW, Australia

Jodie Wassner is an educational and developmental psychologist with over 20 years experience counselling young people and their families. She divides her professional time equally between clinic work with young people and educational training for psychologists and other health professionals, including supervision for psychologists and provisional psychologists.

In addition to supervision and workshops, Jodie runs a successful private practice in Sydney where she works predominantly with ASD, anxiety and ADHD. Her two professional passions are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with a strong compassion approach, and autism spectrum conditions. She has presented her work internationally and has successfully helped dozens of families in her clinic to navigate the challenges of ASD. Jodie has co-written a ten-session ACT manual for therapists working with anxious children. 

Jodie is President of the International ACT and Autism ACBS group and Fellow of the APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists.

Dr Graham music

90 Huddleston Road, London, UK

I have over 30 years of experience working with both children and adults. I initially trained humanistically/integratively and then psychoanalytically. My main specialism is working with the aftermath of trauma, abuse and neglect, and I have a passion for integrating neurobiological, attachment and both psychodynamic and systemic thinking with contemporary approached.

I have trained in and use CFT methods as a central part of how I work and i think. I am also a mindfulness teacher and have trained in a range of linked modalities, including EMDR

I also regularly teach and supervise other therapists in the UK and abroad

Sue Anderson

10-12 Princes Street, Norwich NR3 1AE, UK

My business and my passion – ‘Compassionate Therapy Services’ – offers Compassion Focused Therapy and Occupational Therapy (OT).

Compassion Focused Therapy facilitates sustainable recovery for individuals with mental health difficulties, emotional burn-out, issues with guilt or shame and/or psychological distress. It can also facilitate personal/professional development.

Mental Health Occupational Therapy helps with return to work issues, finding work/ a career and finding fulfillment from everyday activities. It can help with the management of long-term conditions as well as in the early stages of illness by helping with pacing, analysis of activities and creating a positive mindset.

I also offer a Compassionate Mind Course to groups and individuals. Courses of 8 sessions of guided discovery to enable our compassionate minds to grow and flourish. Useful for carers, health professionals, people with long term health conditions and those providing support to others in voluntary organisations.

A half day Compassionate Mind Workshop is available – useful for trying out some of the mindfulness and imagery exercises and learning about the neuroscience, research and psychology behind the Compassionate Mind approach.

My aim is to be a ‘travel companion’ to clients rather than a ‘travel agent’ on a journey of discovery, in an environment of warmth, compassion and understanding.

Adriana Mendes

Frankfurt am Main, Deutschland

I am a CBT Psychotherapist with a Mindfulness, ACT and Compassion oriented approach. Since 2012 I have attended many Mindfulness and ACT Workshops with teachers like S. Hayes, K. Wilson, R. Walser, R. Harris, ..I also have training in Compassion Focused Therapy with Denis Tirch, Laura Silverstein and advanced clinical training with Paul Gilbert.

I have also worked in a research project developing and conducting a group treatment for patients with chronic depression integrating Mindfulness, Metta and Compassion Meditation at the Goethe University Frankfurt in collaboration with the Boston University.

Dr Zoey Malpus CPsychol, AFBPsS

Wythenshawe Hospital, Southmoor Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester M23 9LT, UK

Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Pain Management, Manchester University Foundation NHS Trust, provides CFT for Strivers in Pain groups  since 2014

Dr Tara Hickey

62 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne VIC, Australia

Tara is a clinical psychologist in private practice. Her main treatment modality is Compassion Focused Therapy. She has a specialist interest in depression and psychosis. Her professional work is supported by supervision with Prof Paul Gilbert.

Tiegan Holtham

Scaturchio Street, Casuarina NT, Australia

Tiegan is a clinical psychologist, living and working in Darwin, Northern Territory.

Tiegan currently works with young people and families through headspace and individuals across the lifespan in private practice. Tiegan has varied interests, with 3 key passion areas within psychotherapy:

– Compassion focused therapies. Tiegan is passionate about self-compassion and related therapy approaches. She is an executive member of Compassionate Mind Australia and has trained in Mindful Self-Compassion, Compassion Focused Therapy, and Compassion Focused ACT. She typically used CFT in clinical work.
– Working with people affected by eating disorders. Tiegan is a member of the Australia/New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders (ANZAED). She has spoken at international conferences and been published in the area of eating disorder treatment and prevention. Tiegan is trained in various evidence based interventions for eating disorders, including Maudsley FBT, CBT-E and Multi-Family Therapy. She enjoys bringing compassion focused approaches to clients with eating disorders.
– Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). Tiegan is currently completing her Core Training in ISTDP.

Tiegan enjoys being involved in research and activism, as well as working clinically to support clients to overcome challenges and maximise wellbeing.

Lana Sciberras

Melbourne Victoria, Australia

I am a Gestalt/Mindfulness psychotherapist with a Process-oriented psychological approach. I also have training in Self-Compassion and Compassion Focused Therapy CFT with Kristin Neff and Paul Gilbert. My work is always in collaboration with my clients exploring at depth their process of change in a way that assists an emerging self that is both healing and strengthening, resulting in new ways to be in relationship and self, others and life.


1 Avenue du 6 Juin, 14000 Caen, France


I could define myself as an eclectic psychiatrist. In my younger years, I had an academic track and worked in the field of Psychiatric Diagnosis, Evaluation, Genetics, Psychopharmacology, Drug development, design and implementation of Good Clinical Practices in Psychiatry. More recently, ten years ago, I met Paul Gilbert by chance in Paris and went to Derby and others places in the UK where I completely relearnt my way of practicing. I discovered CFT and Mindfulness and followed a double curriculum, in Derby for CFT and in London and Scotland for Mindfulness. Since 2010, I have been attending many workshops, seminars and retreats in these two fields. In 2013, with a colleague and friend of mine, Pr Pascal Delamillieure, we created  a charity : Compassionate Mind Foundation France affiliated with Compassionate Mind UK. Since then we have been organising the teaching of CFT and Mindfulness along the lines of what we have learnt in the UK. For CFT :Introductory, Clinical Skills and Advanced Practices. For Mindfulness : a four year curriculum with Mindfulness-first year, Compassion- second year, Insight-third year and Teaching skills-fourth year. I particularly enjoy inviting our English speaking teachers, such Paul Gilbert, Choden, Russel Kolts, Annick Nevejan, Olaf Van Kooten to France for workshops or Retreats  and I hope to invite many others in the future. To my French colleagues I try to transmit the Joy, Energy, Courage, Commitment and Wisdom I have been privileged to witness and experience during my teaching years in the UK.

Lauren Whitelaw, PsyD

610 Southwest Broadway, Ste. 306; Portland, OR 97205, USA

My name is Dr. Lauren Whitelaw, and I’m a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Portland, Oregon. A lively curiosity and a thirst to explore has led me from my pacific northwest roots to NYC for graduate school, practicing in urban NYC hospitals and onwards to working in the NHS and private practice in London, UK.  I greatly enjoy studying and keeping up-to-date with the research literature in clinical psychology as well as employing meditation in my daily life. I’m currently studying for a specialization in sex therapy. I’ve enjoyed deepening my ability to serve the whole of a person’s complex and beautiful self, and include sexuality as a fundamental part of that wholeness. I work with individuals and couples, seeing clients in adolescence and throughout the lifespan with a range of foci including mood and sexual health and more transdiagnostic issues such as self-esteem and interpersonal issues. My therapy approach is an integration I’ve been actively working with and putting together since beginning my graduate school work in 2004. It’s an intentional blend of more modern, third wave therapies with a foundation in Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) as well as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and is heavily influenced by psychodynamic traditions.

Elaine Beaumont

Bridgewater Road, Worsley, Manchester M28 3AE, UK

I am a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and Europe-approved eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing practitioner. I incorporate compassion focused therapy and compassionate mind training into my work as a clinician and educator. I am a lecturer at the University of Salford, where my research explores the impact compassionate mind training has in educational and clinical settings.

I co-authored The Compassionate Mind Workbook. A step-by-step guide to developing your compassionate self in 2017.

Marie Bloomfield

Burleigh Heads QLD, Australia

Marie Bloomfield is a caring, compassionate and highly trained Clinical Psychologist in Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, Australia offering individual counselling, coaching, supervision as well as conducting group training programs.

Marie Bloomfield is a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA)-AHPRA and is endorsed as a Clinical Psychologist. and Medicare Provider since 1990 with considerable experience in helping people in their personal life as well as in their workplace. She is trained in a number of well-researched and validated approaches including Mindfulness(MBSR and MBCT, MSC), Compassion-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). She also has a strong interest in transpersonal and spiritual psychology, including the applications of Buddhist Psychology from a secular and Christian perspective.

Marie is also approved as a Principal/Secondary Supervisor by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA)-AHPRA for most pathways for prospective applicants for registration as a Psychologist to the board.

Linda K. Berkeley

Newbury Street, Lambourn, Hungerford RG17 8PB, UK

My name is Linda K. Berkeley and I am an Anglo-American CBT therapist and integrative psychologist. I am highly experienced in working with depression, all types of anxiety, OCD, trauma, substance misuse, trichotillomania and other

bodily focused repetitive behaviours, trust issues, personality issues, fear, and anything else you can bring to therapy.

I work with people from all backgrounds and ethnicities and have experience in working with people on the autistic spectrum, those with learning difficulties, transgendered people, and long-term health conditions.

I can offer short or longer-term work and online therapy and CBT, Compassion Focused Therapy, or an integration of frameworks. 

Michelle Vollmar

655 Craig Rd, St. Louis, MO, USA

I am a licensed clinical social worker with advanced training and over a decade of experience as a DBT skills group facilitator and therapist. I am a trained teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion and a state-registered supervisor for master levels social workers seeking clinical licensure. I am a year or so in to my my learning about and implementation of Compassion- Focused Therapy.

I have spent the majority of my career working with survivors of trauma – specifically interpersonal violence including domestic and sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse – in non-profit settings. I have recently moved into private practice, where I offer DBT-informed and Compassion-Focused individual therapy, licensure supervision, and Mindful Self-Compassion classes for professional caregivers.

Dr Cheryl Cornelius

67 McLeod Street, Cairns City QLD, Australia

I am a Clinical Psychologist and have been undertaken training with Prof Paul Gilbert, Dr Denis Tirch and Dr Chris Irons, both in Australia and overseas. I have been using CFT for about 8 years in my clinical practice in the Cairns area.

Justin Miller

Acacia Road, London NW8 6AG, UK

  • I have 14 years practice, 12,000 hours experience & over 2000 clients having worked at some of London’s top hospitals and Universities as well as in private practice previously in Hampstead, Canary Wharf, Stratford and now exclusively online video.
  • I provide CFT Therapy, CFT Supervision, and CFT Training (one on one) as well in an online video clinic through secure video conferencing software that uses Military Grade Encryption for UK and European clients only.
  • I am registered with all major insurers in the UK and work with UK clients that are insurance based and clients that are self funded whether they have a diagnosable mental health condition or not. I do not require a client to have a diagnosis to receive CFT with me.
  • I also work with clients outside of the UK and provide Compassion Focused Life Coaching (having completed Life Coaching training)
  • I provide CFT specific Supervision with various CFT Supervisees since 2014.
  • I have approximately 6 years and over 5000 hours specifically providing CFT  Therapy, CFT Supervision and CFT Training in the NHS, at Imperial College London, Westminster MIND & in Private Practice.

Mirjam Tanner

Brunnenstrasse 13, 8610 Uster, Schweiz

Diana Hill, Ph.D.

Santa Barbara, CA, USA

I am a clinical psychologist in Santa Barbara, CA where I provide therapy, consultation and workshops. My goal is to help clients live more meaningful, vital, connected and fulfilling lives. I am dedicated to providing effective, evidence-based therapies in an accepting and compassionate environment. I take a holistic approach drawing from my rigorous background in the science of behavior and my training in cognitive behavioral, mindfulness-based, and contextual behavioral therapies. I draw heavily from my training and experience in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy.

You can learn more about my practice at my website:

 and hear me talk about current trends in psychology on my podcast Psychologists Off the Clock.

Linda Hamilton

70 Woodfin Place, Asheville, NC, USA

Hello, I work in the field of substance use disorders and I also assist individuals with anger issues. I have been involved in CFT for 5 years.  I have been in the field of mental health for over 30 years. I have a small private practice here in Asheville, NC

I provide Compassionate Mind Training, and Compassion Focused Therapy.

Lisa McLean

Suite 4, 16 Innovation Parkway, Birtinya QLD, Australia

Lisa is a registered psychologist currently working in private practice on the Sunshine Coast.  Prior to this Lisa spent over 20 years in the community sector supporting people who have been impacted by interpersonal violence.  She has extensive training in mindfulness and compassion based interventions and is currently completing a PhD on compassion-focused therapy for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. 

Jon Taylor


I am a consultant forensic psychologist and psychotherapist. I have been working to introduce compassion focussed practice into a forensic therapeutic community and into the treatment of men who have been convicted of sexual offences. I also use CFT to influence staff supervision and support in these settings.

Nancy Ring, LCSW

225 West 35th Street suite 701, New York, NY, USA

I am a licensed clinical social worker in NY and NJ, specializing and intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for 20 years, and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) for 5 years, and over thirty years of experience in the field of psychiatry and mental health. I’ve spent my clinical social work career in numerous settings including: community mental health agencies, the criminal justice system, academic institutions, inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services, both academic and private hospitals, and private practice.

I provide Compassionate Mind Training, and Compassion Focused Therapy.

Matt Le Mare

Nottingham, UK

I’ve been qualified a therapist since 2005 working with Well Being, Mental Health, Trauma, Learning Disability, Autism, with a range of people across the life span. I’m also a qualified Music Therapist and Senior Lecturer.

Siobhan McGee

Openings, George Street, Bath, UK

My original training was in Core Process Psychotherapy, a depth relational mindfulness therapy which integrates Buddhist psychology and compassion practices, with western psychotherapeutic theory.  I have been in private practice since 2000 offer therapy and supervision in Bath and Bristol UK.  I work with a wide range of issues and at the heart of my therapy is compassion oriented practice.  Currently I am also a tutor with the Karuna Institute in Devon.

Christina Schlander

Møllestien, Aarhus, Danmark

CFT, supervision, teaching and research located in Aarhus, Denmark.

Psychologist, specialist and supervisor in psychotherapy, ekstern lector at Aarhus University. I am the owner of Kognitiv Terapi Center Århus.

Specific: Adverse childhood experiences and selfharming and / or aggressiv behaviors. Focus on promoting wellbeing.

Sofia B. Krantz

Hvammstangabraut, Hvammstangi, Iceland

I am a psychologist and sheep farmer in the northwestern part of Iceland, originally from Sweden. I have been working as a psychologist since 2014 and have been developing knowledge in CFT since 2015.

Aviva Kamander

White Plains, NY, USA

I am a New York State licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in White Plains, NY. I have had extensive training in various cognitive behavioral therapies such as CBT, REBT, ACT and STAIR a trauma focused CBT. I utilize coaching techniques from the Co-Active Coaching approach, and mindfulness techniques with significant success.

Brian Mundy

160 Broadway, New York, NY, USA

I practice individual, couples, and family behavioral therapy in private practice, and I have been practicing Acceptance Commitment Therapy for 10 years, and Compassion Focused Therapy for 3 years. CFT has helped me develop compassion for myself as a human being, and as a therapist.

I received the National Association of Social Workers-NYC Emerging Leader Award in 2012 in recognition of my clinical work. I am also a co-author of the Guilford Press book, Therapy in the Real World, and I have authored peer-reviewed chapters and articles on trauma, family therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. I am also a co-founder of Sound Behavioral Health, a New York state accredited trainer, and an adjunct professor at the New York University Silver School of Social Work.

Harper West, MA, LLP

6548 Town Center Drive, Clarkston, MI, USA

Harper West, M.A., L.L.P., ( is a licensed psychotherapist in Clarkston, Michigan. She graduated from Michigan State University in journalism and worked in corporate communications, later earning a degree in clinical psychology from Michigan School of Professional Psychology. Ms. West is trained in Mindful Self-Compassion and specializes in helping individuals improve compassionate self-acceptance, strengthen self-worth, manage fear and shame, and develop mindfulness. Ms. West has completed an Externship and an additional level of advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFCT). She has written extensively on self-compassion as the treatment for shame intolerance, including in her book Self-Acceptance Psychology. The paradigm she developed challenges the biological model of mental disorders and reframes emotional problems as adaptive responses to fear, trauma, shame, and lack of secure attachment. Her self-help book “Pack Leader Psychology” won an Independent Book Publishers Association Ben Franklin Award for Psychology. She is co-author of the #1 bestselling book, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Professionals Assess a President.” Ms. West was trained in Transcendental Meditation in 1978, has a 20-year daily yoga practice, and practiced mindful running for 30 years.

Maria Ileana Costa

Arcos 1183, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Clinical Therapist in Argentina. Working with therapist of third generation, from DBT using skills and starting to work from compation.

Natali Gumiy

Gorostiaga 1835, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Clínical Psychologist in Buenos aires, Argentina. Third wave therapist using Mindfulness, ACT and CFT in my practice. Experiencing my MSC trainning rigth now.

Dr. Kimberly Sogge

Ottawa, ON K2P 0S2, Canada

I am a registered clinical health psychologist CPO#4531 (M.Ed. McGill University, Ph.D. Texas A&M University – College Station, APA Doctoral Residency University of Texas at Austin, Post Doctoral training Olin B. Teague Veterans Administration Hospital PTSD Unit/Texas A&M Health Science Center/Texas A&M College of Medicine). I left work as an academic (Texas A&M College of Medicine Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Science) and hospital leader (Chief of Psychology at Royal Ottawa Health Care Group) to pursue my first love of healing work, with a group of wonderful colleagues in a private psychology practice in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Our work as psychologists and therapists is dedicated to mindfulness, compassion and evidence based treatments. My colleagues and I share a passion for third wave and evidence based methods in psychotherapy, a belief in the essential wholeness of all of our clients, and a commitment to the cultivation of the noble qualities of mindfulness and compassion in the daily “full catastrophe” of life (Kabat Zinn, 2013). I was drawn to Compassion Focused Therapy, Mindful Self Compassion practice and further CFT and MSC teacher training as a way to support the natural development of wisdom qualities of the heart-mind once focus and equanimity are established in mindfulness. I love the body and the cultivation of embodiment (RYT200 yogi – I do not teach in studios!) through movement, with mindfulness yoga teacher training from Spirit Rock Meditation Center (Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Teacher training 2 year program). In my own mindfulness practice I am currently exploring Theravada-based and secular mindfulness practices that help us re-member own good nature and our deeper inter-connections with the natural world.  I recently completed Mark Coleman’s Awake in the Wild Facilitator program which involved two years of wilderness retreats and mindfulness teaching with a fabulous community of other wilderness loving yogis from around the world. At home in Canada, I teach several courses per year, and lead retreats, along with my first love of individual psychotherapy work.  “Wake up. Fall in love. Stay there.”

Chris Fraser

6055 Tain Drive, Dublin, OH, USA

Chris Fraser is the owner of Positive Path Counseling in Dublin, Ohio.  Since 1998, Mr. Fraser has served a variety of individual clients, couples, and families in both public and private settings.  Mr. Fraser has a passion for and an expertise in helping children and adults learn mindfulness and self compassion skills.  Chris helps children, individuals and families to be the best versions of themselves through developing compassionate mind skills.


Mr. Fraser has 20 years of experience and intensive training in systemic family therapy, acceptance & commitment therapy and compassion focused therapy. Mr. Fraser works primarily from an authentic pairing of CFT (compassion focused therapy) and ACT (acceptance commitment therapy). Chris has been very fortunate to have trained with the creators of these therapeutic approaches.  Mr. Fraser speaks on these topics locally, nationally, and internationally. Chris is a member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation USA and is a member of The Center for Compassion Focused Therapy CFT Consultation Team.


Mr. Fraser works with clients (children, adolescents, adults, and families) who have a variety of presenting problems and concerns.  Additionally, since 2004 Mr. Fraser has performed as an adjunct instructor at The Ohio State University College of Social Work where he has taught courses in marriage and family therapy and social work with individuals.  Mr. Fraser has co-facilitated domestic violence groups for the court system; facilitated a kids in care group for parents who have had their children placed outside their home by children services. Mr. Fraser worked on an early childhood mental health initiative grant funded by the state of Ohio in which he facilitated parenting groups and social skills training groups for children to reduce aggression. He sat on a committee for this grant through the Ohio State Board of Mental Health. He also created and facilitated a group for overwhelmed parents of strong willed children with the ADHD diagnosis. Mr. Fraser at this moment is in the process of developing the Compassionate Focused Therapy and Wellness Center of the Midwest. Chris is also in the process of writing a Compassion Focused Therapy workbook for adolescents.

Álvaro Ponce Antezana

Avinguda Diagonal, 440, 08037 Barcelona, España

I have worked in the field of psychotherapy and mental health for more than 20 years. Currently I work as a psychologist, psychotherapist, supervisor, trainer and researcher in the Associació Conexus. Atenció, Formació i Investigació Psicosocials (, of which I am one of its founders, in which I develop tasks of:

– Psychotherapeutic care (individual and group) to adolescents and adults in various psychological problems (anxiety, depression, phobias, stress, obsessiveness, insecurity, poor performance at school or at work, or sleep, psychosomatic, food-related or behavioural disorders),
– Supervision of psychological care teams (case analysis and self-care),
– Research and training in national and international projects on issues of violence (gender violence, filioparental violence and other forms of family violence), parenthood (maternity and paternity) and research on gender and mental health, masculinity and health.

My intervention approach has been nourished by perspectives that allow a complex, evolutive and psychosocial vision of the human being, that take into consideration people and their life contexts, their life practices, their relationship histories and their identity and gender constructions. .
In the last 5 years I have incorporated the techniques of Mindfulness and Compassion into my professional (and personal) practice, and mainly Paul Gilbert’s Focused Therapy in Compassion (CFT) approach. What I implement in the psychotherapeutic care of my clinical practice and supervision, training and research.

Psychologist, Psychotherapist trained in CFT (Paul Gilbert)

Supervision in CFT by Gonzalo Brito

PhD in Social Psychology Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Expert in Domestic Gender Violence and other family violence and Gender and Health

Team supervisor in domestic gender violence and psychotherapeutic intervention in mental health

Sanitary General Psychologist. Col. 16268

Master in Social Cognitive Therapy (Constructivist Psychotherapy) (Universidad de Barcelona)

Barry C. Sanders, LICSW

165 Quincy Street, Brockton, MA, USA

Barry is a Masters level clinical social worker whose practice is focused on persons with serious and persistent mental illness.  Barry recognized the impact of shame and stigma has on his clients and has been using Compassion Focused Therapy to address these issues as well as anxiety, depression and voice hearing. 

Barry has a strong passion for social justice and is working to include compassion based strategies in his community work as well.

At this time, Barry’s professional practice is exclusive to clients of the Department of Mental Health and he is not able to accept outside referrals.

Tanya T Wiser

623 Wellington Drive, San Carlos, CA, USA

I specialize in mindfulness based approaches that are both experiential and process-oriented. I utilize somatic therapy, blended with EMDR along with Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy.  Please visit my website for more information at

Matthew Brown

Uxbridge UB8 1JU, UK

I’m a Clinical Psychologist offering psychological therapies in the centre of Uxbridge and working in the field of psycho-oncology in the NHS.

Over the past 15 years I have worked with people experiencing psychological distress and mental health difficulties, including adolescents, adults and older adults.  I provide private therapy and clinical supervision alongside my role within the NHS, where I have worked in community mental health teams and, more recently, in physical health settings, where I specialise in psycho-oncology.

I am a fully-accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) psychotherapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).  I have also received formal training and experienced in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT).  

I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and am both a Chartered Member (CPsychol)and Associate Fellow (AFBPsS) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). I am also a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP).  

I pride myself on providing a safe therapeutic space and adhere to strict standards of confidentiality.

Greg Samuelson RN RP

22 Main Street North, Newmarket, ON, Canada

I am actively involved in a CFT consultation group and use this model in my work with clients. I also have training in CBT, DBT, IPT, CPT, and Mindfulness. I am also a practitioner and teacher of Zen Meditation in the Ganhwasoen tradition. 

Vanessa Black

83 Whittaker Lane, Prestwich, Manchester M25 1ET, UK

I work as a psychotherapist in private practice and also for a national cancer charity;  working with children, young people, adults and couples.  My main area of work using Compassion Focussed Therapy is with people suffering with anxiety, depression, attachment issues, health anxiety,  and bereavement and loss.

Nicola Webb

Mailers Lane, Manuden, Bishop's Stortford CM23 1DP, UK

I use an Intergrated therapies approach, working with the client to see which approach works best. Everyone is different and has different goals.
My areas of specialty are Childhood Abuse, Infertility, Sexual Violence, Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders and PTSD.

Bruno Carraça

Viseu, Portugal

Clinical, Health and Sport psychologist/Psychoterapy:  National Health Care Services (ARSC. IP)/FMH- Lisbon University.

CFT and ACT based interventions for Teens, Adults, Groups, Organizations and Families.

Peter Cowell

3 Bonny Mead, Cotgrave, Nottingham NG12 3QH, UK

Senior accredited with the BACP and a member of the BABCP.

I have a Masters degree in counselling practice and a PGC in CBT .

I work as an integrated therapist , integrating CFT , EMDR , CBT and Rogerian therapy.

Dr Katie Ashcroft

Clapham Common Clinic, Clapham High Street, London, UK

My name is Dr Katie Ashcroft. I am a Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Clinical Psychologist with a Masters and Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. I am accredited as both therapist and supervisor with the British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), and am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS). I work in London, if you want to see me face-to-face I hold clinics in Clapham. 

My expertise includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Family Work, and Schema Focused Work if there are deep-seated negative beliefs. I offer these evidence-based psychological therapies for people experiencing:

I frequently find that people suffering with these difficulties are self-critical. Developing a compassionate perspective to counterbalance this is incredibly helpful in addressing people’s distress and dysfunction.

Dr Mary Welford

Denmark Road, Exeter EX1 1SE, UK

Mary is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist & Director of Compassion in Mind.  She is a founding member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation and was Chair of the Charity for a 4 year term.  She authored The Compassionate Mind Guide to Building Self Confidence in 2012, Compassion Focused Therapy for Dummies in 2016 and is currently writing a children’s book.

Mary works across the age span.  She has clinics in Bude, Cornwall and Exeter, Devon.

Dr Jennifer Wilson

Lime Grove Walk, Matlock DE4 3FD, UK

I provide Compassion Focused Therapy from my therapy rooms in Matlock, Derbyshire . My clients include parents with antenatal and post natal anxiety and depression, adults who struggle with their own emotional health as a result of their own childhood experiences, and parents of children with additional physical and developmental needs. I also provide family interventions and 1:1 sessions with adolescents.

Elli Tholouli

105, Stratigou Makrigianni, Moschato, Greece

I am a psychologist in private practice and associate partner at Harokopio University, training graduate students of MA in Education and Culture in applying Compassion in Educational settings. My passion is to help people overcome their emotional obstacles and life challenges by de-shaming mental health difficulties through the evolutionary perspective and compassion focused therapy for individuals, parents and groups. I am interested in promoting CFT in Greece by offering clinical workshops to mental health professionals and public talks. I am in the process of studying Compassionate Mind Training as a means to increase mentalization and reflective functioning.  Lastly, I enjoy organising compassion games in the community.

Margaret Maxwell

Hawthorn Crescent, Beith KA15 1DF, UK

I am an accredited CBT therapist and I have a post graduate certificate from Derby University in CFT. 

Dr Marcial Arredondo Rosas

Plaça de Gal·la Placídia, 8, 5º, 08006 Barcelona, España

Psychologist, Psychotherapist trained in CFT (Paul Gilbert & Gonzalo Brito)

Teacher Mindful self-compassion, MSC (Christopher Germer) (Training group)

Teacher Trainee MBCT (Taravajra) U. Bangor & MBSR (Training group)

M-PBI protocol (includes CFT, Doctoral research) (U. Autónoma de Barcelona) (Training group)

Sanitary General Psychologist. Col. 19289

Master in Social Cognitive Therapy (Universidad de Barcelona)

Individual psychotherapy

Couples psychotherapy



Training groups of mindfulness and compassion, in health institutions and organizations.

Andrew Chown

Isle of Wight, UK

I have completed the post-graduate certificate in Compassion  Focused Therapy at the University of Derby. I currently work with the NHS and incorporate CFT into my clinical practice.

Brian Pope

Saint Peter's Avenue, Cleethorpes DN35 8HP, UK

BABCP accredited CBT therapist specialising in trauma. HeartMath Certified Practitioner. 

CFT services for Adults across wide spectrum of experiences for Adults

Dr Syd Hiskey

Mile End, Colchester CO4 5XR, UK

I am registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council, as well as being an Associate Fellow, Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Chartered Scientist with the British Psychological Society. I am a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology, Division of Neuropsychology and Faculty of the Psychology of Older People (British Psychological Society).

I am also an Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists and have further training in Compassion Focused Therapy (via the Compassionate Mind Foundation). Using this approach I help treat people suffering from anxiety, depression, bereavement, and difficulties with strong emotions. I have also completed training in Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing therapy (Richmond EMDR).

I have run a North Essex based Special Interest Group in Compassion Focused Therapy bi-monthly since Feb 2012 and concieved of and ran an NHS based conference on the Future of Compassion Care in September 2016. I lecture on Compassion Focused Therapy to the Clinical Psychology doctoral training course at the Univerity of Essex.

My research interests are varied and include compassion in a therapeutic context, post-traumatic stress disorder (and post-traumatic growth phenomena), psychological responses to trauma across the lifespan, sexual compulsivity, the therapeutic relationship, CBT for anxiety among people with dementia, audit and care planning.

Dr Olivia Thrift

Guardian House, Borough Road, Godalming, UK

I am a Counselling Psychologist and am trained in a range of therapeutic approaches including Compassion Focused Therapy. I worked in NHS and Forensic Services for over thirteen years and specialised in working with people with complex trauma/diagnosis of personality disorder. I am also the founder of The Psychology Company which is a private psychological therapy practice offering Compassion Focused Therapy (as well as other approaches) in our clinics in Godalming and Petersfield. I also offer online compassion focused therapy and supervision outside of working hours.

I work with people aged 17 and over experiencing a wide range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, OCD, fluctuating moods/emotional instability, trauma based difficulties, personality disorders, relationship difficulties and low self worth/shame. One thing that people with these difficulties often have in common is a tendency to criticise and judge themselves very harshly and in my experience helping people develop a compassionate mind is one of the most powerful ways of facilitating change.

Petra Soderholm

Sturegatan 64, 114 36 Stockholm, Sverige

I am a leg psykotherapist who is offer CFT psykotherapy för individuals, couples, familys and groups in Stockholm.

Dr Will Devlin

Hampton House, Bristol BS6 6AU, UK

Committed to doing my best and to making things better: I am a registered clinical psychologist, chartered with the British Psychological Society, working in private practice.

I aspire to meet challenges with compassion and warmth, accepting them as they are, without judgment, criticism or blame, because I believe that doing so allows a space to open up in which change happens. 

I enjoy working with people who experience a range of challenges and have particular expertise in working with people who have eating problems, people with mood difficulties, those who have lived through trauma, and people with long term health conditions.

Hazel Miller

Sheffield, UK

I work within the NHS in Sheffield. I provide long term CBT and CFT within specialist mental health services.

Dr Andrew Rayner

Kings Chambers, Derby, UK

I am a Clinical Psychologist who offers both individual and group CFT for adults and I work with most types of psychological problems. 

I have specialist skills and experience in using CFT to address the problems of both PTSD and Complex PTSD (which tends to occur where people have suffered multiple traumatic events and /or have had chronic difficulties as a result of experiencing physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect in their early lives). 

Of course a related area is so-called ‘Borderline Personality Disorder’ and I have many years of working with people with these kinds of difficulties, especially where severe self-harm is also a feature.

I also have unique experience of working to support people within the context of a large-scale historical abuse investigation.

In recent years I have been particularly impressed with the power of ’The Compassionate Self’ to help people with structural dissociation of the personality to become more integrated.  In turn this seems to help them to become more stable and reduces risky behaviour.

I am also an experienced CFT supervisor and would welcome enquiries for supervision.

Caroline Neal

Nottingham, UK

I am a CBT therapist working in a chronic pain service with NHS patients in Nottingham. I use CFT in my clinical work. I have undertaken introductory and clinical skills training with Paul Gilbert .

Jernett Karensen

Malmö, Sweden

I’m a graduated clinical psychologist. My basic training is in cognitive behavioural therapy. I have additional introductory training in Gestalt Therapy, Schema Therapy and Emotionfocused couples therapy. I hold a post graduate certificate in Compassion Focused Therapy from Derby University, UK where I’ve done specialised CBT training for one year under the guidance of Paul Gilbert. To ensure good practise and high standard of therapy I receive continuous supervision in both CBT and Compassion Focused Therapy.

Leanne D. Rondeau

79 Rue Rachel Est, Montréal, QC, Canada

I offer workshops in English and in French: Compassionate Mind Training, Managing Self-Criticism/L’Entrainement de l’esprit à la compassion, la gestion de notre auto-critique. I work in a college counselling service and am affiliated with La Clinique de Psychologie Celia Lillo in the Plateau area of Montreal.

Dr. Katie Baird

Clifton House Business Centre, Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Dublin, Ireland

I am a counselling psychologist in an independent CFT practice  in Dublin, Ireland. I trained in the U.S.A. and moved to Ireland 18 years ago. In addition to my independent practice, I co-facilitate CFT groups with colleagues at a large independent hospital in Dubllin, and I collaborate on research projects. I have an interest and experience in working with people who have had trauma in their lives. I take referrals from professionals and I also welcome self referrals from individuals seeking CFT.

Zoë Hodge

74a High Street, Bideford EX39 2AA, UK

BABCP accredited CBT therapist. Using EMDR, Compassion Focused and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, to help people’s mental health and wellbeing in Devon and the South West of England for the University of Exeter, Devon & Cornwall Police, UK National Homicide Service, and private practice. Specialising in working with complex psychological trauma with all ages. 6 years private practice, 7 years NHS experience. Work with children and adolescents, adults, and older adults, and learning disabilities. CFT,  EMDR and NET trained.

Stacey Roles RN MScN

Sudbury, ON, Canada

Stacey Roles is an Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT) Certified Trainer Consultant and Certified Cognitive Therapist and is also credentialed with the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies. Stacey has completed Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) training in levels 1 and 2 and has received supervision from Dr. Laura Silberstein-Tirch.  She is an Advanced Practice Nurse, an Adjunct Professor at Laurentian University with the School of Nursing, and is Psychotherapy Faculty in the Psychiatry Program at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). Stacey works in the public hospital system in Northern Ontario and also maintains a private practice where she provides individual and group therapy.

Dr. Anna Huysse-Gaytandjieva

Boschstraat 45, 6211 AT Maastricht, Nederland

Do you often feel anxious and depressed?

Are you prescribed antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications, but do you somehow instinctively know that something is not being addressed?

In some people, a serious infection or autoimmune disease can be the cause of depression and anxiety.

Today there are nearly 100 recognized autoimmune diseases, and more than 40 disease processes have an autoimmune component. When people get an official autoimmunity diagnosis, the immune system has already destroied a substantial amount of tissue (the brain or the nervous system). In the early stages of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Sjögren’s syndrome, arteritis, sarcoidosis, scleroderma, Hashimoto thyroiditis, and myasthenia gravis, a misdiagnosis often occurs as a ‘psychiatric disorder’ . Research has shown that depression and anxiety is more common in patients with autoimmune diseases than chronic degenerative diseases. Researchers suspect this is due to the direct action of inflammatory cytokines on the central nervous system.

Dr. Anna Huysse looks at autoimmune diseases as an adaptation issue, in which neural, endocrine, immunological and behavioral processes play a role. The latest scientific insights show that the consciousness and emotions are states of the body, in particular, the immune system.

Dr. Anna Huysse developed a protocol for people with autoimmune diseases, which focuses on the cause instead of fighting the symptoms. Compassion in general and CFT in particular play an important role in this protocol. As an autoimmune patient herself, based on her own experience and working with people with autoimmune diseases in the last 10 years, she is determined to support fellow sufferers. In addition, she is involved in the development of scientific knowledge in this area.

Gabriela Jones

Norra Allégatan, Göteborg, Sverige

Hi! I’m a licensed psychologist trained in compassion focused therapy ( CFT) at the University of Karolinska, Stockholm. I have my clinic in the central Gothenburg. I have regular supervision with Paul Gilbert, the founder of CFT. Welcome to contact me for therapy, courses or supervision in the method.

Kindly, Gabriela

Carlos Carona

Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciências da Educação, Rua Colégio Novo, Coimbra, Portugal

Clinical psychologist. PhD in Clinical Psychology. Researcher at the Center for Research in Neuropsychology and Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions (University of Coimbra). Main clinical interests include: internalizing/externalizing disorders in youths; antisocial behavior; depression; trauma; chronic mental illness.

Deirdre Fay

661 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, USA

My interest is in integrating traditional trauma, attachment, and compassion theory with over 40 years of meditation and yoga practice which I wrote about in  Attachment-Based Yoga & Meditation for Trauma Recovery (Norton, 2017) as well as being a co-author of Attachment Disturbances in Adults (Norton, 2016) and the originator of the Becoming Safely Embodied Skills.  I’m continue to explore using the internet to teach skills in healing trauma and attachment through compassion, while creating an international community. As a former supervisor at The Trauma Center, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute trainer from 2000–2008, certified in Internal Family Therapy, and a qualified trainer in Mindful Self-Compassion, my main focus is on how to integrate theory while working safely with the body.


Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil

Clinical psychologist in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Using CFT and ACT in my practice especially when treating clients with eating disorders.

Lena Højgård Isager

Østrevej 32, Aarhus, Danmark

I graduated in 1993 and have practised CFT therapy in a private setting since 2009. My main focus is to do therapy with people suffering from depression, anxiety and attachment issues due to being brought up in families with different kinds of difficulties as drug use or mental illness among parents. Prior to working in private practise I have been working in public servises aimed at alcohol related problems and in rehabilitation programs for people with brain damage. Since 2010 I have been running CFT workshops for psychologist and social workers from a broad range of servises, many dealing with drug related problems, rehabilitation after brain damage and mental illness. I do CFT supervision for individuals and groups, both in specific training settings for psychologists training to be CFT therapist and in servises for veterans, drug addicts, university students and brain damage.

Dr Hayley Quinn

Gatling Road, Cannon Hill QLD, Australia

Hayley is an experienced Clinical Psychologist with a particular interest in anxiety, trauma related issues and grief and loss. Hayley works with a compassion focused approach to assist people to make the changes they desire and create more meaningful lives

Prof Paul Gilbert, FBPsS, PhD, OBE

Full Street, Derby, UK

Paul Gilbert, FBPsS, PhD, OBE is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Derbyshire Health Care Foundation Trust. He has researched evolutionary approaches to psychopathology for over 35 years with a special focus on shame and the treatment of shame based difficulties – for which compassion focused therapy was developed. He was made a Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 1993. In 2003 Paul was president of the BABCP and a member of the first British Governments’ NICE guidelines for depression. He has written/edited 20 books and over 200 papers. In 2006 he established the Compassionate Mind Foundation, a charity with the mission statement “to promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion ( He was awarded an OBE in March 2011.  


James Bennett-Levy

Lismore, New South Wales, Australia

Currently providing limited amount of individual therapy, and running a couple of CFT groups. Also running CFT workshops (specialising in personal practice workshops) on request.

Carolina Fischmann Halperin

Rua Dona Laura, 333 - Rio Branco, Porto Alegre - RS, Brasil

Clinical psychologist in Porto Alegre, Brazil. One of the main issues I treat in my clinic are eating disorderds, so I’ve been studying and doing supervision in CFT for a while, to better help my clients.

James Kirby

Brisbane City, Queensland, Australia

I am a Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist, based in Brisbane at the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland. I am the Co-Director of the Compassionate Mind Research Group with Dr Stan Steidnl
I have broad research interests in compassion, however, my specific research areas include: a) examining compassion focused therapy in RCTs; b) examining compassion with children; c) examining the links between parenting and compassion; and d) examining what fears, blocks, & resistances people have towards compassion.
I currently supervise 5 PhD Students. One PhD student is evaluating Compassion Focused Therapy for body weight shame in an RCT. I also supervise 3 Clinical Masters Students, where they are evaluating a brief 2-hour Compassionate Mind Training Intervention.
Although a full-time academic, I have a small private practice where I deliver CFT.
I also hold a Visiting Fellowship at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University and am an Honorary Member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation UK.
If you are interested in undertaking a PhD focused on compassion please contact me.

Nicola Petrocchi

Via Marcantonio Colonna 44, Roma, RM, Italia

I’m an adjunct professor of Psychology at John Cabot University in Rome and a CFT therapist in Rome. I have founded Compassionate Mind Italia, the Italian association, linked to the Compassionate Mind Foundation (UK), with the aim to deepen research and promote training and good practice of CFT in Italy. I see patients privately (both in English and Italian) in my studio in the center of Rome. I manly see patients in individual sessions and I run 12 week-Compassionate Mind Trainings for clients struggling with issues of shame and self-criticism.

Kate Lucre

Moseley, Birmingham B13, UK

I am a Birmingham based Compassion Focused Therapist and Supervisor specialising in the use of CFT for complex trauma, personality and relational difficulties for groups and individual . I am the regional supervision coordinator for the Compassionate Mind Foundation and also run workshops for the Foundation and across the UK on CFT for Groups and Compassion Focused Staff Support and Supervision. I offer CFT supervision in groups and individually, including a monthly international  Supervision Group for therapists involved in the provision of CFT groups. I have published data on Compassion Focused Group Psychotherapy and am currently completing a PhD in CFT at Birmingham University evaluating a 12 month CFGP programme for people with severe personality disorder. I am also involved in a number of UK wide research projects developing and evaluating Compassion Focused Staff Support Initiatives.

Dr Stan Steindl

18 Thynne Road, Morningside, Queensland, Australia

I am a clinical psychologist in private practice with over 20 years of clinical experience in Brisbane, Australia. CFT forms a part of my work with a range of presenting concerns, such as depression, anxiety, stress and anger, as well as trauma-related conditions and addictions. I also provide CFT supervision and training, and am the co-director of the Compassionate Mind Research Group at School of Psychology, University of Queensland.

Tobyn Bell

Manchester, United Kingdom

I am a compassion-focused therapist and part of the training executive for the Compassionate Mind Foundation. I have co-authored the forthcoming book: Compassion Focused Therapy from the Inside Out (a self-practice/self-reflection workbook for therapists). I am also a CBT trainer, supervisor and programme-lead at the Greater Manchester CBT Training Centre (NHS) which is associated with Manchester University. I have published research on compassion and am completing a PhD in CFT at Derby University. I currently run a regional CFT peer supervision group and offer CFT supervision to individual therapists, as well as offering CFT in a Manchester clinic.

Charlie Heriot-Maitland

1 Hill Street, Edinburgh EH2 3JP, United Kingdom

I am clinical psychologist, researcher and trainer interested in the science and application of CFT.

In my clinical work, I provide CFT therapy and supervision for Balanced Minds (London and Edinburgh practices). I also provide compassion-focused training and consultation for clinicians, teams, organisations, and for the general public.

In my academic work, I am currently developing and researching the application of CFT within NHS mental health services (University of Glasgow & NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde) and social services (Royal Borough of Greenwich).