Workshop 5: Compassion Focused Approaches to Working with Voices

October 10, 2022
Edinburgh Royal College of Physicians and Online

Timings and Registration

The workshop will start at 9.30 and finish at 16.30.

To book this workshop, please scroll down to the bottom of our main conference page, and select the workshop option.

About the Course


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Recommended Reading

Ascone, L., Sundag, J., Schlier, B., & Lincoln, T. M. (2017). Feasibility and effects of a brief compassion‐focused imagery intervention in psychotic patients with paranoid ideation: A randomized experimental pilot study. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 24(2), 348-358.

Beaumont, E., & Hollins Martin, C. J. (2015). A narrative review exploring the effectiveness of Compassion-Focused Therapy. Counselling Psychology Review, 30(1), 21-32.

Braehler, C.; Gumley, A.; Harper, J. et al. (2013) Exploring change processes in compassion focused therapy in psychosis: Results of a feasibility randomized controlled trialBritish Journal of Clinical Psychology, 52(2), 199-214.

Braehler, C., Harper, J., & Gilbert, P. (2013). Compassion focused group therapy for recovery after psychosis. In C. Steel (ed) CBT for Schizophrenia: Evidence-Based Interventions and Future Directions, Wiley-Blackwell; 235-266.

Craig, C., Hiskey, S., & Spector, A. (2020). Compassion focused therapy: a systematic review of its effectiveness and acceptability in clinical populations. Expert review of neurotherapeutics, 20(4), 385-400.

Gumley, A., Braehler, C., & Macbeth, A. (2014). A meta‐analysis and theoretical critique of oxytocin and psychosis: Prospects for attachment and compassion in promoting recovery. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 53(1), 42-61.

Gumley, A., & Macbeth, A. (2014). A pilot study exploring compassion in narratives of individuals with psychosis: implications for an attachment-based understanding of recovery. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 17(8), 794-811.

Gumley, A.; Braehler, C.; Laithwaite, H. et al. (2010) A compassion focussed model of recovery after psychosis. International Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 3(2): 186-201.

Heriot-Maitland, C. (2020). Social influences on dissociative processes in psychosis (Doctoral dissertation, King's College London).

Heriot-Maitland, C., & Kennedy, A. (2019). Attachment themes in Compassion Focused Therapy for Psychosis. In Berry, K.; Bucci, S. & Danquah, A.N. (eds) Attachment Theory and Psychosis: Current Perspectives and Future Directions. Routledge; 178-191

Heriot-Maitland, C.; McCarthy-Jones, S.; Longden, E. & Gilbert, P. (2019) Compassion focused approaches to working with distressing voicesFrontiers in Psychology, 10, 152.

Heriot‐Maitland, C., Knight, M., & Peters, E. (2012). A qualitative comparison of psychotic‐like phenomena in clinical and non‐clinical populations. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 51(1), 37-53.

Mayhew, S. L. (2015). Compassion Focused therapy for people experiencing psychosis. In Meaden, A. & Fox, A. (eds) Innovations in Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis: Working with the Hard to Reach, Hove & New York: Routledge; 91-110.

Waite, F., Knight, M. T., & Lee, D. (2015). Self‐compassion and self‐criticism in recovery in psychosis: An interpretative phenomenological analysis study. Journal of clinical psychology, 71(12), 1201-1217.

Wood, L., & Irons, C. (2016). Exploring the associations between social rank and external shame with experiences of psychosis. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 44(5), 527.

Meet your instructor(s)

Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland

Clinical Psychologist

Charlie is  a clinical psychologist, researcher, and trainer who integrates different  therapeutic approaches, in particular Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). He  provides psychological therapies for a CFT practice called Balanced Minds and also runs compassion training workshops  for practitioners and the general public. Charlie is a clinical psychologist,  researcher and trainer currently based at the University of Glasgow.  Charlie  completed his clinical psychology training at the University of Oxford, and  has delivered psychological therapies in a variety of NHS settings in London  and the South East. In his private practice, he provides psychological  assessments, formulations, and interventions that integrate different  therapeutic approaches, in particular CFT and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, but also drawing on other mindfulness-based and emotion-focused therapies.


Charlie's academic and research interests mainly lie in the application of CFT in psychosis, and he has recently been awarded a Fellowship by the Medical Research Council (MRC) to forward the scientific knowledge this area. He is currently researching the social context of anomalous experiences and the application of CFT for people experiencing distress in relation to psychosis. He was involved in the Compassion for Voices project, which created an animated film about the compassionate approach to relating with voices, which has been viewed over 200,000 times.