At Balanced Minds, we have a team of highly skilled and experienced therapists 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).  

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 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 stops them from living fulfilling 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 this short, secure form. One of our team will then get in touch with you via email with options for arranging an initial assessment appointment, as required.

Alternatively, you can simply self-refer by sending us a confidential email to, to which we will respond as soon as we can.

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



We are currently based in two locations, London and Edinburgh. 

London: we have two London clinics, based in Islington and Victoria, at these addresses:

265 Upper Street, London, N1 2UQ

201a Victoria Street, London SW1E 5NE

To contact our London office, please send an enquiry to:

Edinburgh: our Edinburgh clinic is centrally located at 1 Hill St, Edinburgh EH2 3JP.

To contact our Edinburgh office, send an enquiry to:

Online sessions

Given our busy lives and hectic schedules, it might not always be possible to meet our therapists in person. And sometimes, 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.


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 at to see if there are any current 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.

We also provide various workshops and trainings for professionals, the general public and for organisations 

Confidential referral form (self-referrals or professionals)

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