Compassion Focused Therapy and the courage of compassionate relating with emotional parts, selves, and voices

January 16, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Cardboard Citizens
77A Greenfield Rd
Whitechapel, London E1 1EJ
John Wetherell

CFT and the courage of compassionate relating with emotional parts, selves, and voices

Trainer: Charlie Heriot-Maitland


Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT; Gilbert, 2009; 2010) aims to help people regulate threat-based emotions, experiences, and conflicts by building internal feelings of safeness and connectedness, and by providing contexts, practices and insights that facilitate the development of compassion to self and others. As such, CFT can offer a useful framework for approaching  mental health and wellbeing challenges at each of the personal, professional, organisational, and community levels.

In this workshop, we will explore how our evolved minds can be orientated in certain ways depending on our social motives, and consider evidence of how orientating our minds towards compassion for self and others can bring a variety of positive mental and physical and health benefits. The workshop will introduce ideas on how we might develop compassion for ourselves, as well as facilitate the development of compassion among others, including those who are experiencing distress in relation to voices and other experiences. We will also consider ways of creating social contexts and environments in which compassion may flourish. A combination of group discussion exercises and experiential practice will be used.


This workshop will be led by Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland, a clinical psychologist, researcher, and trainer (University of Glasgow and Balanced Minds). He is currently researching the social context of anomalous experiences and the application of Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) for people experiencing distress in relation to psychosis. He provides psychological therapies for a CFT practice called Balanced Minds in London and Edinburgh, and also runs compassion training workshops for practitioners and the general public.