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Dr Chris Irons

Clinical Psychologist, Director of Balanced Minds

"I'm hoping [to help] people access ideas about how and why life can be hard, how our brains can sometimes add extra distress to the struggles we encounter in life, and how compassion can be a powerful way to help ourselves (and others) to manage difficulties when they arise."


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 form 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.

Alongside Professor Paul Gilbert and other colleagues, Chris has been interested in the theoretical and clinical developments and adaptations of CFT as a science based psychotherapeutic approach. Chris is a board member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation, a charitable organisation aiming to: “Promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion”. He is an accredited trainer and supervisor of Compassion Focused Therapy, and regularly presents to academic, professional and lay audiences on CFT and more broadly, the science of compassion. Chris gained his research Ph.D from the University of Derby (UK) under the supervision of Professor Paul Gilbert. His Ph.D explored the relationship between attachment and social rank mechanisms in anxiety and depression symptomology. Amongst other things, he is currently researching the role of compassion and rumination in depression; the role of compassion and shame in psychosis; and the role of compassion in relationship quality.

Chris is an author or co-author of five books, including "The Compassionate Mind Workbook: A step-by-step guide to developing your compassionate self", 2017 and the most recent one - "The Compassionate Mind Approach to Difficult Emotions: Using Compassion Focused Therapy", 2019.