Compassionate mind training

Mindfulness meets Compassion Focused Therapy

This 8-week course is based on Compassion Focused Therapy. It combines mindfulness with self-compassion practices designed to build self-esteem and self-confidence.

If you find that self-criticism, anxiety, low mood or self-doubt can sometimes hold you back, or lead to unhelpful patterns of behaviour, this course will help you to begin countering these well rehearsed patterns.

Our human ability for self-awareness, and therefore self-criticism and self-doubt, is an aspect of the mind that can be challenging to manage. This course is designed to help you understand self-criticism and to learn ways of managing it.

The approach draws on an understanding of human evolution, biology and attachment theory to make sense of our ability to worry, self-critique and experience stress, anxiety and depression. You will learn about the key emotion regulation systems and how compassion and mindfulness practices can be used to soothe and regulate an ‘overactive’ threat or drive system.

The course involves learning about the human mind, how it works and how we can best manage it. We will practice ideas and techniques designed to enable more compassionate responses towards ourselves. We will make use of mindfulness meditation and guided imagery specifically developed to activate the soothing emotion regulation system, associated with care and connection. You will receive training in mindfulness and compassionate imagery, with the opportunity to practise these between the weekly sessions.


Date and time:

Given the current Covid-19 situation, if you are interested in attending an online course delivered via live video conference call over 8 weekly sessions please let me know. With sufficient interest, I will advise you of the next available dates.


Available anywhere! Join us from the comfort of your own home via video conference call.

The in person courses are held at The Platform, N7 7EE. The Platform is a comfortable and accessible community venue in North London, within a 10-minute walk of Finsbury Park tube station. It is served by local tube, rail and bus routes. Further details on travel to the venue can be found on their webpage.


Standard in person rate: £300

Online video conference course rate: £200

Please get in touch to let me know if you would like to join an online video course, or future in person course.

About the instructor:

I am a Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years experience working in the NHS providing talking therapies for common mental health problems. I have a doctorate training in Clinical Psychology from Royal Holloway University of London. I have trained in Compassion Focused Therapy and also have qualifications in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy. I have attended and facilitated courses in mindfulness and compassion over the last 5 years, including training with Professor Paul Gilbert, founder of The Compassionate Mind Foundation and internationally recognised trainer and researcher in this field.

I am a registered Clinical Psychologist Practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and an accredited CBT Therapist with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Frequently asked questions:

Individual therapy can allow you to go into the detail of your experience and situation. In a group course, we have the benefit of being focused on the practice and skills that we want to develop to cope more effectively. The group structure helps us to stay focused on covering these skills and ideas, giving you a comprehensive training in compassion-focused mindfulness.

The course is not a group therapy. You will not be expected to share personal information if you do not wish to. The group is a supportive place to share your experience of practising the self-compassion skills. You will be invited to work with other group members to discuss your thoughts and experience of the ideas we cover.

Compassionate mind training incorporates mindfulness practice. Mindfulness is the act of purposefully bringing your attention to your experience in the present moment. In doing so, we build self-awareness and open opportunity for managing our experience thoughtfully and with purpose. You do not need to have any experience of mindfulness. Whether you are completely new to these skills, or want to develop your existing practice, this course will help you to develop a mindfulness practice designed to enhance self-compassion.

The course is open to everyone. I would recommend the course to anyone wanting to reduce self-criticism, manage low mood or anxiety, develop a more supportive and encouraging internal voice and feel positive towards themselves.

The course is often beneficial in managing mild-moderate anxiety, stress and depression. Compassionate mind training is an evidence-based approach for the treatment of depression and anxiety. If you face significant challenges in your life, such as severe mental health symptoms or recent life events, please contact me before booking. I would be pleased to discuss the suitability of the group and/or other treatment options with you.

Each session builds on the last and you will gain most benefit if you are able to attend all 8 weeks. If you know that you will miss more than one session, I advise that you book at another time when you will be able to attend all sessions.

Simply bring yourself and a curious attitude. It can be helpful to wear loose comfortable clothing so that you are comfortable during the session and meditation/imagery practices.

This should not affect your attendance. Please discuss any changes to your medication with your GP. I will ask you to complete some simple screening questions before confirming your place on the course to ensure that the course is suitable for you.

The course typically has up to 12 participants to allow us to get to know one another. It’s not too big that we can’t connect with one another, or too small that we don’t have a range of individuals and experiences.

A full refund will be given for cancellations made before 01/09/18.

25% of the fee paid will be refunded for cancellations made from 01/09/18 to 30/09/18.

No refunds will be made for cancellations made after 30/09/18.

By booking this course you are indicating that you have read and accepted the following Terms and Conditions:

  • You are over 18 years of age and are booking this course for yourself.
  • The instructor reserves the right to refuse access to the premises/course where there is reason to believe that the terms and conditions have been breached, or where threatening, bullying, harassing or disruptive behaviour occurs.
  • The instructor will not be liable for any losses or expenses (including the course fees and consequential damages) incurred by anyone attending the course.
  • You are agreeing to the cancellation and refund policy.

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