Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

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
Please book a therapy session by completing our short, secure self-referral form (click here).  One of our team will subsequently respond to you via email with options for arranging an initial assessment appointment, as required.

See here for more information about therapy and frequently asked questions: FAQ’s


We are currently based in London and Edinburgh for face-to-face therapy, though we also offer remote therapy.



We are currently based in London and Edinburgh for face-to-face therapy, though we also offer remote therapy.



136 High Holborn, London WC1V 6PX

1 Hill Street, Edinburgh EH2 3JP

Online sessions

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.


Assessment and therapy sessions last 50 minutes. Details of fees can be found here. We offer a limited number of concessionary slots for those on low wage, please enquire via our self-referral form for availability.

Our therapists are covered by the major health insurance companies, including:

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