Compassion Focused Therapy

Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland

Clinical Psychologist & Director

Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland (PhD, DClinPsy, MA, BSc) is a clinical psychologist, researcher and trainer at Balanced Minds, UK. For 13 years, Charlie provided psychological therapies in the UK NHS mental health services, and now offers a private practice in Edinburgh (and online) specialising in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). He continues to provide supervision, training, and consultancy in the NHS, as well as other organisations across multiple sectors, including healthcare, social care, education, and charities.

Charlie’s academic interests mainly lie in understanding and helping people’s distressing experiences associated with psychosis, and he recently spent five years investigating the application of CFT for people in NHS services who are experiencing distress in relation to psychosis (as an MRC Research Fellow at King’s College London and University of Glasgow, 2014-2019). He has co-authored a self-help book aimed at helping voice-hearers called, Relating to Voices using Compassion Focused Therapy

Charlie has authored a number of research papers and book chapters, has given numerous invited talks, and has run over a hundred various compassion training workshops both nationally and internationally.

Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland - Experience and Training

2019 – PhD Psychology, King’s College London
2010 – DClinPsy Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford
2006 – MA Psychology of Religion, Heythrop College, University of London
2003 – BSc Psychology, University College London

BPS Charted Clinical Psychologist (171852)
HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist (PYL25704)
BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist (140566)

Aviva (600109605); AXA PPP Healthcare (CH03720); Bupa (30027601); Cigna Healthcare (210211); Exeter Family Friendly (CH03720); SimplyHealth (CH03720)

See research page (link)

Charlie has run over a hundred compassion training workshops for practitioners and the general public. See events page for upcoming training.

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