Compassion Focused Therapy for Psychosis

Presented By: Dr Eleanor Longden and Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland

Date/Time: 19th June 2017 at 9:30am until 20th June 2017 at 5:00pm

Venue: King’s College London, Strand, London

Location: London

Event Description


Workshop participants will be introduced to the CFT model of compassion and how to apply this model in interventions for clients with psychosis-related difficulties.
Participants will learn how to help their clients establish a bodily experience of safeness through, e.g.: i) practice of soothing rhythm breathing, which activates the parasympathetic system; ii) learning to recognise what postures and activities ground and centre the person; and iii) using mindfulness and imagery exercises.
Participants will learn how to help their clients develop a ‘compassionate self’, which is a part of them with the qualities required to explore and engage with their fears and dissociated parts; essentially, a self-identity that organises the mind and provides a secure base (or grounding) from which to do the therapeutic work.

Participants will learn how to help their clients use these compassionate qualities and skills to manage internal conflicts and to initiate supportive internal dialogue between different emotional parts. This is achieved through techniques such as voice dialoguing, imagery, chair work, and letter writing.

Key resource:
‘Compassion for Voices’ (YouTube link).
A 5-minute film which outlines a compassion-focused approach for relating to voices.

King’s College London, Strand, London, London

Additional Information

Eleanor is a research psychologist with lived experience of psychosis who has lectured internationally on recovery-orientated approaches to complex mental health problems, including TED and WHO events. She works at the Psychosis Research Unit (PRU) in Manchester, and coordinates the research committee of Intervoice.

Charlie is a clinical psychologist, researcher and trainer at King’s College London. He is researching the social context of anomalous experiences and the application of CFT for people experiencing distress in relation to psychosis. He provides psychological therapies in NHS psychosis services, and in private practice, and runs compassion training workshops.

Cost £250. A limited number of reduced rate places are available for those on low income (please enquire To book, please go to: