Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
At Balanced Minds, we have a team of highly skilled and experienced therapists based in London, Edinburgh and remotely. Our therapists have spent many years helping people with a variety of difficulties. All of our team are trained in evidence based psychological therapies, though above all we specialise in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT).
Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is an innovative, integrated psychological therapy developed in the UK and rapidly gaining support as a powerful way of working with common life difficulties, emotional distress and a variety of mental health problems.
There are often misconceptions about what compassion is. Compassion, as used in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), involves being sensitive to our own or other people’s distress, and learning how to skilfully alleviate this. In Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) we help people develop self-compassion; at the heart of this is learning how we can treat ourselves in a way that we would a good friend, or family member.
Alongside and in addition to Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), our team also have extensive experience in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT).
Difficulties we work with
Our team have extensive knowledge and expertise working with people who experience emotional distress that consequently stops them from living fulfilled and happy lives. Common difficulties we work with include:
Depression – Anxiety – Worry – Shame & self-criticism – Perfectionism – Emotion regulation problems – Workplace Stress – Trauma – Relationship difficulties – Social Anxiety – Phobias – Low self-esteem – Eating problems – Physical pain – Long term health conditions (e.g. cancer, HIV) – Anger management – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Sleep problems – Stress – Bereavement – Parental stress – Sexual problems – Psychosis
How to organise a therapy session
Find out more about our CFT Services for
- London here
- and Edinburgh here
See here for more information about therapy and frequently asked questions: FAQ’s
We are currently based in London King’s Cross, London Victoria and Edinburgh for face-to-face therapy, though we also offer remote therapy.
London King’s Cross
344-354 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8BP
52 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0AU
1 Hill Street, Edinburgh EH2 3JP
Given our busy lives and hectic schedules, it might not always be possible to meet our therapists in person. Moreover, it may not be possible to commute to one of our offices. If this is the case, all our clinicians provide online therapy sessions through a number of online platforms (e.g Skype, Zoom) or the telephone.
Please mention this when completing the self-referral
Who we work with
Whilst we predominantly work with adults (16 years old+), a number of our clinicians have experience working with children, adolescents and families. We also provide couples and relationship therapy.
In addition, we provide various workshops and training for professionals, the general public and for organisations.