Compassion Focused Therapy in Victoria & Islington (online currently) – Private Practice Hub

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Balanced Minds is a partnership of professionally registered, highly trained therapists providing compassion-focused psychological services and resources. We have bases in Victoria and Islington, and our services include therapy, supervision, training workshops, and consultation. We are currently offering online sessions to all clients.

Life can be hard at times – work, relationships, financial concerns, and health worries. Sometimes these struggles ease on their own, or through strategies that we already have access to. However, when it feels like we’re stuck in the mud of our difficulties, when we can’t find a path out of our struggles, we can help you to find your balance again. Whether this is through understanding yourself more, or learning new strategies to manage the difficulties you’re facing, Balanced Minds has a variety of services that can help you get on track again.

We are passionate about providing different ways for people to access helpful, evidence based psychological interventions. We have a team of warm, caring and experienced therapists who provide individual, group, couples and family therapy. We also run a variety of innovative wellbeing courses and retreats, and have a variety of audio and self-help materials that may help you learn to manage your difficulties in new ways.

Our Therapists:

Dr Chris Irons is a Clinical Psychologist working for the NHS in London, UK.  He gained his Clinical Psychology doctorate at the University of Sheffield (UK).  In his clinical work, he uses Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT; Gilbert & Irons, 2005) in working with people suffering from a variety of mental health problems, including depression, PTSD, OCD, social anxiety, bipolar affective disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia.  He also has an interest in working with relationship difficulties and with issues of shame and self-criticism. Click here to read more about Chris.


Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland completed his clinical psychology training at the University of Oxford, and has provided psychological therapies in a variety of NHS settings (2006-2014).  He now runs a private therapy practice for Balanced Minds in London and Edinburgh, where he provides psychological assessments, formulations, and interventions that integrate different therapeutic approaches, in particular compassion-focused therapy (CFT) and cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), but also drawing on other mindfulness-based and emotion-focused therapies. Click here to read more about Charlie.

Dr Korina Ioannou completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2008 at Manchester University, UK.  She has many years of experience working in the NHS, with individuals with severe and enduring mental illness, including psychosis, severe depression and anxiety, bipolar affective disorder, personality disorders, and eating disorders. Click here to read more about Korina.  


Dr Alison Flynn works in the NHS, private practice and as a Clinical Supervisor in a charity working with young offenders.  She works with children, adolescents and adults and can offer adapted therapy for people with autism spectrum diagnoses and learning disabilities.   Alison has worked with people who present with depression and anxiety, as well as difficulties including; self-harm, suicidality, psychosis, complex trauma, anger and aggression. Click here to read more about Alison.


Dr Shelley Kerr is a Clinical Psychologist working both for the NHS and private practice in London, UK.  She gained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia) in 2008.  Her doctorate research focused on the healing potential of gratitude and kindness.  Shelley has extensive, specialist experience in working with people struggling with intense unstable emotions, relationship difficulties, trauma, self harm and suicidal behaviours.  She is well versed in helping people find a way forward from anxiety, depression and low self esteem. Click here to read more about Shelley.


Shima Bhunjun is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist trained in CBT and experienced in working with a wide range of mental health problems such as depression, social anxiety, PTSD, generalised anxiety, alcohol abuse and adjustment to long term health conditions amongst others.  Shima has been accredited with the British Association for Cognitive & Behavioural Psychotherapies (BABCP) since 2013 and has 9 years post qualification experience, with much of her clinical work taking place within an NHS setting. Click here to read more about Shima.


Dr Rita Intili works as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the NHS. She has worked in the NHS for over 23 years across a variety of settings, including hospital, community and GP surgeries.  Rita has extensive experience in assessing and treating adults with wide-ranging psychological difficulties of varying complexity, such as generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety, phobias, OCD, depression, bipolar affective disorder, schizophrenia and trauma.  She specialises in working with individuals who experience interpersonal difficulties and enduring and intense emotional dysregulation. Click here to read more about Rita.

Jim Clark is an experienced BABCP accredited psychotherapist, and mindfulness and meditation teacher. His journey began in the arts and music industry in London and Glasgow in the 1990s. In 2000 he started a regular meditation practice, and shortly afterwards he decided to retrain as a mental health nurse. He went on to complete cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) training and has worked for many years in different settings in the NHS as a nurse, a specialist CBT therapist, and a mindfulness teacher, trainer and supervisor. Click here to read more about Jim. 


Dr Rowan Reiss is a clinical psychologist and has worked in the NHS for 17 years. She has extensive experience of working with adults, young adults and adolescents who are affected by depression and anxiety, as well as difficulties including OCD, self-harm, suicidality, psychosis, PTSD and complex trauma resulting in intense and overwhelming emotions. Click here to read more about Rowan.  


Dr Lexy Rose has worked with a diverse range of client difficulties across a variety of contexts. Her therapeutic approach focuses on using warmth and curiosity, recognising that the way people understand themselves and others is through their social upbringing and personal experiences and that they develop coping strategies based on these. Click here to read more about Lexy.  


Dr Becca Lewis is a Clinical Psychologist who gained her Doctorate from Royal Holloway, University of London. She has worked in the NHS for the last 8 years and currently holds a senior NHS post working with people who have been affected by cancer. Rebecca has experience of working with individuals facing a range of difficulties in life, including depression and anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, trauma, psychosis, difficulties with sex and people living with long-term health conditions, including cancer and HIV. Click here to read more about Becca.


Dr Bec Harvey qualified as a Clinical Psychologist after attending the University of Surrey’s doctorate programme. She has 8 years of experience working in the NHS within various settings including a community based crisis service as well as, learning disability, older adults and children services. Rebecca currently works in a specialist paediatric role within the Neurology department at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Click here to read more about Bec.


Chloe Scott qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2007, with much of her experience being within inpatient and community mental health settings.  In her current role as a psychological therapist in the NHS, she works within a Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) framework where she teaches mindfulness skills and strategies that can support an individual to develop tolerance to their distress, explore and work with difficult emotions and in doing so build the courage to move towards the difficulties they experience. Click here to read more about Chloe.  

Training, qualifications and experience:

Our team of therapists are all highly trained and qualified in their respective areas of psychological interest. Please see more about each individual therapist’s area of expertise by clicking on the links above.

Professional memberships:

-The British Psychological Society

-Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)

-British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

-NHS Choices

-Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT)


Our standard fees are £100 – £120 (although a concessionary rate may be considered by your therapist, depending on their availability and your financial position). We are registered providers with a number of insurers including: Aviva, AXA PPP Healthcare, Bupa & Cigna Healthcare.

Terms and Conditions: We have a 48hr working day cancellation policy. Balanced Minds will respect and protect the confidentiality of any information you share during your sessions. Contact Information Contact Name: Balanced Minds Website URL: Visit website Email Address: Send an email