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

Balanced Minds, Hill Street, Edinburgh, UK

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).