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Dr Lexy Rose

Clinical Psychologist & Associate

Lexy has worked with clients experiencing a range of mental health difficulties and distress. Her therapeutic approach focuses on using warmth and curiosity with the aim of supporting clients to develop an understanding about their difficulties, and helpful ways to work with them.


Lexy was drawn to Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) as it focuses on helping us understand psychological pain and distress using ideas from evolutionary psychology, with an emphasis on skills training to develop a ‘compassionate self-identity’. The aim is that, with this knowledge and training, comes the strength and courage needed to turn towards difficulties and live a life with meaning.  Lexy recognises the importance of this approach and brings it to all areas of her daily life.


Lexy’s therapeutic approach is predominately informed by CFT but can also draw on ideas from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, including 3rd wave approaches, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.


Lexy’s areas of interest include working with adults with problems with anxiety, depression, self-criticism and longer-standing difficulties. Lexy used to work in the NHS with adults with Learning Disabilities, who may also have had other neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder. Lexy currently works solely in private practice offering CFT-informed work to individuals and organisations.


Overall, Lexy considers it to be an immense privilege to work in this field and is always guided by the intention to find helpful ways forward for each individual client, appreciating difference and diversity, and adapting the work as needed.

Dr Lexy Rose - Training and Experience

2016 – Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IOPPN) (King’s College London, KCL)
2013 – PGCert, Evidence-Based Psychological Treatments (IAPT Pathway), Reading University
2012 – MSc (Distinction) Mental Health Studies, IOPPN (KCL)
2010 – BA (1st Class) Experimental Psychology, Oxford University

HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist (PYL33644)
BPS Chartered Member (406744)

– Rose, A., Tupper, M., & Irons, C. (2023). Employee Support During COVID-19 Using Compassionate Mind Training. OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine, 8(1), 1-14.

– Rose, A. V., McIntyre, R., & Rimes, K. A. (2018) Compassion focused intervention for highly self-critical individuals: Pilot study. Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy, 46, 583 – 600.

– Rose, A. V., & Rimes, K. A. (2018) Self‐criticism self‐report measures: Systematic review. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 91, 450 – 489.

– Through the Compassionate Mind Foundation: CFT Introductory & Advanced Clinical Skills (2019); Annual Conference (2020); Therapeutic Relationship (2021); Integrating Motivational Interviewing (2022); Pain Management (2022); Complex PTSD (2022); Anxiety (2022); Creating a Compassionate World Lecture Series (2022/2023); Grief (2023); Relationships & Couples (2023).


– Through Compassionate Wellbeing: Self-Criticism (2020); Shame Memories (2021); Mindful Compassion (2021); Cultivating the Compassionate Mind (2021); Fears, Blocks and Resistances (2021); Anger (2021); Anxiety (2021); The Biography of the Self-Critic (2022); Depression (2022); Socratic Questioning (2023).


– Through Contextual Consulting: Using Values (2020); An Introduction to ACT (2020); Relational Frame Theory Made Simple (2020); ACT Made Simple: for Beginners and ACT for Depression and Anxiety with Russ Harris (2021); Super-charge your CFT (2023).


– Through CBTReach: CFT for Shame-Based Trauma (2021); Compassionate Leadership (2022).


– Other: CFT for Attachment Trauma & Personality Disorder (Gilbert & Lucre, 2020); ACT: 100 Key Points and Techniques (Bennett & Oliver, 2020); Understanding Suicide Risk (O’Connor, 2021); Trauma (Irons, 2022); Toxic Shame (Sieff, 2023); CF Chair Work (Bell & Pugh, 2023).


– Meditation courses: attended the 8-week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy programme as a participant in 2010, 2011 & 2015. Christmas meditation retreat on the Holy Isle in 2014.

Aviva (600114402); AXA PPP Healthcare (AR04430); Cigna Healthcare (212350); WPA (920832950)

We have compiled a list of links to other Compassion-focused websites that we think might be helpful or relevant. We are always looking out for more resources, information, and like-minded sites. If you have any suggestions of websites that might be good too add here, please get in touch. – The Compassionate Mind Foundation, the charity that sits behind Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) – The website of Dennis Tirch, a leading compassion practitioner and author – A website for compassion-related events, resources, and a magazine called ‘Compassionate Living’ – A series of podcasts from the ‘Compassion Initiative’ discussing all things compassion and Compassion Focused Therapy, by Drs James Kirby and Stan Steindl – The website for Kristin Neff, a pioneer of the science and application of self-compassion – The website for Christopher Germer, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion – Action for Happiness website, with great resources to support wellbeing and happiness – The main Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) centre in Greece

Interested in getting help, but therapy doesn’t feel right at the moment? If so, check out some of our compassion self-help options