About us


Balanced Minds was started in 2012 by three London-based Clinical Psychologists: Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland, Dr Korina Ioannou, and Dr Chris Irons (see profiles below). They were motivated, by their shared interests in the science and therapeutic application of compassion, and by their experiences of delivering CFT in the NHS and privately, to organise a London ‘hub’ for compassion-focused approaches to promoting wellbeing. Balanced Minds offers a range of services and resources for clinicians, the general public, as well as for people experiencing psychological distress.

Our contact details:

Tel:      020 8123 8287
Email:  info@balancedminds.com

Our psychologists:
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Dr Chris Irons

Clinical Psychologist & Director
chris@balancedminds.com

Qualifications:
2011 - PGDip Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Royal Holloway
2007 - DClinPsy Clinical Psychology, University of Sheffield
2007 - PhD Psychology, University of Derby
2001 - BSc Psychology, Aston University

Registration and accreditation:
HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist (PYL15842)

Key publications:
See literature page (balancedminds.com/literature)

Key trainings:
See events page (balancedminds.com/events)

Other information:
Chris Irons is a Clinical Psychologist working for the NHS in London, UK. He gained his Clinical Psychology doctorate at the University of Sheffield (UK). In his clinical work, he uses Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT; Gilbert & Irons, 2005) in working with people suffering form a variety of mental health problems, including depression, PTSD, OCD, social anxiety, bipolar affective disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia. He also has an interest in working with relationship difficulties and with issues of shame and self-criticism. Alongside Professor Paul Gilbert and other colleagues, Chris has been interested in the theoretical and clinical developments and adaptations of CFT as a science based psychotherapeutic approach. Chris is a board member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation, a charitable organisation aiming to: “Promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion”. He is an accredited trainer and supervisor of Compassion Focused Therapy, and regularly presents to academic, professional and lay audiences on CFT and more broadly, the science of compassion. Chris gained his research Ph.D from the University of Derby (UK) under the supervision of Professor Paul Gilbert. His Ph.D explored the relationship between attachment and social rank mechanisms in anxiety and depression symptomology. Amongst other things, he is currently researching the role of compassion and rumination in depression; the role of compassion and shame in psychosis; and the role of compassion in relationship quality.

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Dr Chris Irons

Dr Chris Irons

Clinical Psychologist & Director

Dr Korina Ioannou

Clinical Psychologist & Director
korina@balancedminds.com

Qualifications:
2011-2014 – Introductory and Advanced training in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
2013 – Practitioner Diploma in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Sheffield Halam University/ACAT
2008 – Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (ClinPsyD), Manchester University
2004 – Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Behavioural Applications in Mental Health Settings, City University New York
2001- Bachelor of Science Psychology (BSc), University College London

Registration and accreditation:
BPS Charted Clinical Psychologist (096816)
HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist (PYL1583)
ACAT Accredited CAT Practitioner

Publications:
See literature page (balancedminds.com/literature)

Other information:
Korina completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2008 at Manchester University, UK. She has many years of experience working in the NHS, with individuals with severe and enduring mental illness, including psychosis, severe depression and anxiety, bipolar affective disorder, personality disorders, and eating disorders. Korina has specialist training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy. In her private practice she implements these approaches in a flexible and cooperative manner, integrating elements from cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and psychodynamic principles. Her specialist interests include relationship difficulties, trauma, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and eating disorders. Korina offers assessments and therapy to individuals and couples, and works in time-limited and long term contracts. Korina speaks English and Greek.

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Dr Korina Ioannou

Dr Korina Ioannou

Clinical Psychologist & Director

Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland

Clinical Psychologist & Director
charlie@balancedminds.com

Qualifications:
2010 - DClinPsych Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford
2006 - MA Psychology of Religion, Heythrop College, University of London
2003 - BSc Psychology, University College London

Registration and accreditation:
BPS Charted Clinical Psychologist (171852)
HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist (PYL25704)
BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist (140566)

Key publications:
See literature page (balancedminds.com/literature)

Key trainings:
See events page (balancedminds.com/events)

Other information:
Dr Heriot-Maitland completed his clinical psychology training at the University of Oxford, and has delivered psychological therapies in a variety of NHS settings in London and the South East. In his private practice, he provides psychological assessments, formulations, and interventions that integrate different therapeutic approaches, in particular compassion-focused therapy (CFT) and cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), but also drawing on other mindfulness-based and emotion-focused therapies.
The shorter-term interventions he offers (10-20 sessions) are more structured and content-driven, and the longer-term interventions are more exploratory and process-driven.
He works with adults with a range of mental health difficulties, usually on a one-to-one basis, but is happy to involve others (e.g. partners and families), and will always attend to the broader social context of mental health difficulties (relationships, culture etc).
Dr Heriot-Maitland's academic and research interests mainly lie in the application of CFT in psychosis, and he has recently been awarded a Fellowship by the Medical Research Council (MRC) to forward the scientific knowledge this area.

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Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland

Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland

Clinical Psychologist & Director

Dr Jed Shamel

Clinical Psychologist & Associate
jed@balancedminds.com

Dr Jed Shamel is a clinical psychologist working in both private practice and the National Health Service in London. He has a special interest in third-wave CBT therapeutic models. In particular, he has trained in compassion-focused approaches to mental well-being. Mindful Emotion: a short course in Kindness is his first book and arose out his doctoral research thesis, a qualitative evaluation of an eight-week course ‘Kindness Behaviour Training’ in 2010.

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Dr Jed Shamel

Dr Jed Shamel

Clinical Psychologist & Associate

Dr Shelley Kerr

Clinical Psychologist & Associate
shelley@balancedminds.com

Dr Shelley Kerr is a Clinical Psychologist working both for the NHS and private practice in London, UK. She gained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia) in 2008. Her doctorate research focused on the healing potential of gratitude and kindness. Shelley has extensive, specialist experience in working with people struggling with intense unstable emotions, relationship difficulties, trauma, self harm and suicidal behaviours. She is well versed in helping people find a way forward from anxiety, depression and low self esteem. She is a passionate CFT therapist, an accredited DBT therapist and has extensive CBT experience. Over the past 5 years, Shelley has increasingly developed her compassion focused practice. In this work, she has seen the power of compassion in releasing people from the suffering that comes with cycles of shame and self criticism. As a result of this experience together with the growing body of evidence for CFT, Shelley takes a compassion focused approach to therapy and maintains focus on trying to cultivate mindfulness and compassion her in every day life. She is grateful to be able apply her experience and compassion with people who wish to take the courageous and sometimes painful steps toward becoming the person they want to be.

Qualifications:
Currently undertaking – Post Graduate Diploma in Compassion Focused Therapy
2013 – Introductory and Advanced training in Compassion Focused Therapy
2008 – Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (ClinPsyD), Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
2001 – Bachelor of Psychology with Honours (BPsych Hons), University of New England, Armidale, Australia

Registration and accreditation:
HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist (PYL26447)
SfDBT Accredited DBT Therapist

Publications:
See literature page (balancedminds.com/literature)

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Dr Shelley Kerr

Dr Shelley Kerr

Clinical Psychologist & Associate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our practice locations:

Canonbury Health Clinic, 265 Upper Street            Balanced Minds, 201a Victoria Street
(near Highbury & Islington station)                          (near Victoria station)

Our registering and accrediting bodies:

BPS chartered psychologistHCPC registered psychologistBABCP accredited therapistNHS choicesACAT logo