Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland

About Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland

Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland  is a clinical psychologist, researcher and trainer at King’s College London.

Areas of interest

  • Compassion-focused therapy
  • Spiritual Crisis

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About Charlie

Charlie is currently researching the social context of anomalous experiences and the application of Compassion-Focused Therapy for people experiencing distress in relation to psychosis, under a Fellowship awarded by the Medical Research Council (MRC).

Charlie provides psychological therapies in NHS psychosis services, and in private practice. He also runs various compassion training workshops for practitioners and the general public.

In his private practice, he integrates 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.


A film about the compassionate approach to relating with voices, with potential for use as a therapeutic, educational, and de-stigmatising tool. A Cultural Institute at King’s project led by Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland, in collaboration with Kate Anderson, independent animation director.

Links about Charlie
  • Balanced Minds – Charlie is a co-founder of Balanced Minds, using compassion-focused approaches to offer a range of services and resources for clinicians, the general public, as well as for people experiencing psychological distress.
  • Charlie Heriot-Maitland on Compassion and Psychosis in Psychology Today as part of the ‘Future of Mental Health’ interview series.
  • Compassion For Voices – a website to support and promote compassionate approaches to voices and other experiences
  • Charlie is also interested in spiritual crisis, which is described as “a process of spiritual emergence, or awakening, that becomes unmanageable for the individual. Psychological or mental health difficulties may be experienced: if understood and supported appropriately, these experiences can be deeply transformative, offering the possibility of breakthrough rather than breakdown.”

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