Therapy

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

At Balanced Minds, we have a team of highly skilled and experienced therapists based in London and Edinburgh who have spent many years helping people with a variety of difficulties.  All our therapists are trained in evidence based psychological therapies, but 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 CFT, essentially 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 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 considerable 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 – Relationship difficulties – Parental stress – Sexual problems – Psychosis 

How to organise a session

The easiest way to get in touch with us is by completing the below short, secure self-referral form.  One of our team will subsequently get in touch with you via email with options for arranging an initial assessment appointment, as required.

Alternatively, you can simply send us a confidential email to info@balancedminds.com, to which we will respond as soon as we can.

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

 

Location

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

London

265 Upper Street, London, N1 2UQ

201a Victoria Street, London SW1E 5NE

To contact our London office, send an enquiry to: london@balancedminds.com

Edinburgh

1 Hill St, Edinburgh EH2 3JP

To contact our Edinburgh office, send an enquiry to: edinburgh@balancedminds.com

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 form.

Cost

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 and so please enquire at info@balancedminds.com to see if there are any therapists with availability.

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

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.

Confidential referral form (self-referrals or professionals)

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