Compassion Focused Therapy Training

Are you interested in learning about how the power of compassion can transform lives in therapy? 

Are you a professional seeking to deepen your therapeutic skills, and expand your toolkit? Are you passionate about promoting emotional wellbeing and growth in your clients?

Look no further! Our Compassion Focused Therapy Training courses are designed to equip you with the knowledge and practical techniques to effectively integrate compassion into your therapeutic and professional practice.

Compassion Focused Therapy Training - Options

At Balanced Minds, we have five main pathways for our CFT Training

1. CFT Introduction

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Two day introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy 

2. CMT ‘Train the Trainer’

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Learn to run our 8 Week Compassionate Mind Training Course

3. Acting Skills for CFT

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Our acting skills workshop for cultivating compassion

4. On Demand CFT 

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Access our range of on demand, pre recorded CFT training 

5. Bespoke    CFT 

Organise a bespoke CFT training for your team or service

Our Compassion Focused Therapy Training Programme

Our comprehensive CFT Training program has been developed to help professionals of all levels, from beginners to experienced practitioners. Led by leading experts in the field, our training provides a supportive and interactive learning experienced designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge necessary to integrate CFT into your practice.

We have a number of different CFT trainings, but key aspects of these include:

  1. In-depth Theory: Gain a solid understanding of the theoretical foundations of Compassion Focused Therapy, including its evolutionary basis, neurobiology, and core concepts.
  2. Practical Techniques: Learn a wide range of techniques and interventions to use in your therapeutic and clinical work. Learn how to incorporate mindfulness, breathing, body posture, and imagery exercises that help to cultivate the compassionate mind, and enhance self-compassion and compassion for others.
  3. Case Studies: Learn about the application of CFT through case examples
  4. Self-Reflection and Self-Practice: Learn about CFT by applying the ideas and exercises to yourself from the ‘inside out’
  5. Supervision and Support: Benefit from regular supervision sessions and ongoing support as you navigate the challenges and successes of integrating CFT into your practice.
  6. Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Receive a certificate following training, including number of hours attended to meet requirements for CPD and professional accreditation.

Compassion Training Calendar

Our CFT Training and Compassionate Mind Training Workshops are scheduled regularly through the year, so you’ll have the best chance to book something that fits with your busy diary

Take a look below at our calendar to find out more information about our scheduled trainings, or contact us directly at if you’d like to find more details about our bespoke trainings
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Who provides our CFT Training?

Our main CFT trainings are led by Dr Chris Irons and Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland. Both Chris and Charlie are international trainers of CFT, having presented in in over 20 countries. Chris and Charlie have a long history in writing and researching CFT, alongside using this as an approach to work with a variety of client groups and in a number different settings.

They have both authored CFT books, developed CFT resources (like apps and videos) as well as having trained over 20,000 healthcare professionals across the world

Dr Chris Irons

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Hi, I’m Chris. I’m a clinical psychologist specialising in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Compassionate Mind Training (CMT).

I’ve got many years of experience in helping individuals, groups and organisations cultivate their compassionate minds – becoming more compassionate with themselves and others. 

I’ve published lots of research on the benefits of compassion, and have authored a number of compassion-related books, including the Compassionate Mind Workbook & Compassionate Mind Approach to Difficult Emotions.

I was also involved in releasing the first CFT app, The Self-Compassion App


Hi, I’m Charlie. I am a clinical psychologist specialising in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Compassionate Mind Training (CMT).

I provide compassion-focused interventions for individuals, groups, and organisations. I have also run over a hundred various compassion training workshops both nationally and internationally.

Recently, I was co-author in publishing the book Relating to Voices using Compassion Focused Therapy

Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland

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Dr Korina Ioannou

Dr Korina Ioannou

Hi, i’m Korina. I’m a Clinical Psychologist who, for many years, has used CFT with clients presenting with a variety of severe and enduring mental health problems. 

I’m passionate about developing body-based approaches (drawn from physical practices and the creative arts) to foster growth in her professional work, and personal life.

Alongside a professional actor, I have developed and run workshops on using acting skills to help to develop ‘compassionate self’, and find creative ways of giving and receiving compassion.

Why choose Compassion Focused Therapy Workshops?

Compassion Focused Therapy is an evidence-based approach developed by Professor Paul Gilbert

It’s a highly integrated approach, and combines ideas and practices from (amongst others) cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, attachment theory, evolutionary psychology, neuroscience and neurophysiology, along with Buddhist psychology, to help foster compassion and alleviate distress.

By focusing on cultivating compassion towards oneself and others, CFT offers a powerful framework for addressing a wide range of psychological challenges, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship difficulties.

CFT Training – Reviews

We’ve trained over 20,000 professionals across the world! Check out a few of the testimonials for our CFT training below

Who is the Compassion Focused Therapy Workshops for?

Our CFT and CMT training has been developed to be widely applicable to professionals from a variety of backgrounds. Although many who attend are therapists or psychologists, we also regularly have psychiatrists, nurses, OTs, social workers, teachers, GPs, coaches, probation workers and other professionals too. 

Our trainings are suitable for people working in a variety of services, including primary care, secondary mental health services, eating disorders, health settings (e.g. diabetes, pain, cancer), forensic settings, inpatient units, children and adolescents and older people to name a few. 

We also provide bespoke training for teams and services – please get in touch if you’re interested in this (

What will I receive following the CFT training?

After the training, you’ll have access to the recording for two weeks to re-watch and allow learning to settle.

You’ll receive a certificate of attendance from Balanced Minds, highlighting that you’ve attended our training including the commensurate Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours

You will receive an details of a variety of CFT resources – reading, videos, audio guides – to support your ongoing development in CFT

Provided with options for supervision and support of your clinical practice

What will I be left with after the CFT training?

Depending on the type of training the you do with us, at the end of the workshop you’ll:

Have a clear understaindg about what compassion is, what competensies form it, what makes it difficult, and how it comes in three flows

  • Have a clear understanding about the fears, blocks and resistances to compassion (FBRs), and how to work with these in CFt
  • Understand more about how and why human beings suffer and struggle in life
  • Learn about how key ideas linked to evolution, attachment theory, developmental psychology, neuroscience and neurophysiology are integrated in to a biopsychosocial approach in CFT to understand human distress and wellbeing
  • Have an opportunity to use the model for self-reflection and self-practice, learning how to cultivate your own compassionate mind
  • Understand how to do basic CFT formulations using the three system model
  • Learn how to direct compassion in three flows – to others, from others and to self
  • Have experience of key CFT interventions, like letter writing, imagery and multiple selves (parts work)


How do I book?

There are a number of ways to book:
Through our online payment portal using your debit or credit card
Through us raising an invoice for you service or organisation to pay (email for this option)