Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland

Clinical Psychologist & Director



Charlie completed his clinical psychology training at the University of Oxford, and has provided psychological therapies in a variety of NHS settings (2006-2018) and in private practice (2012-present). He now runs a private practice for Balanced Minds in Edinburgh and Online, where 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 people 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).

Charlie’s academic and research interests mainly lie in the application of compassion-focused therapy (CFT) in psychosis, and he was awarded a Fellowship by the UK Medical Research Council (2014-2019) to forward the scientific knowledge this area at King’s College London and University of Glasgow.

Charlie also provided compassion-focused therapy (CFT) supervision, consultation, and training. He has run over a hundred various compassion training workshops both nationally and internationally. 

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

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

Recognised provider for private health insurers:
Aviva (600109605); AXA PPP Healthcare (CH03720); Bupa (30027601); Cigna Healthcare (210211); Exeter Family Friendly (CH03720); SimplyHealth (CH03720); VitalityHealth (SP075760)

Key publications:
See research page (link)

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

Link to Charlie’s LinkedIn page:

Personal Link