James is Professor of Mental Health and Psychological Wellbeing at the University of Sydney, and a clinical psychologist. His first training in compassion-based approaches was in Paul Gilbert’s compassion focused therapy (CFT) in 2005. He has been teaching both CFT and mindful self-compassion (MSC) since 2014. Alongside his interest in compassion-based approaches to mental health and wellbeing, James has co-authored a number of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) books including Experiencing CBT from the Inside Out: A Self-Practice/Self-Reflection Workbook for Therapists (2015), and the Oxford Guide to Imagery in Cognitive Therapy (2011). His latest book is Experiencing Compassion Focused Therapy from the Inside Out: A Self-Practice/Self-Reflection Workbook for Therapists (Kolts, Bell, Bennett-Levy & Irons, to be published mid-2018).
David has a PhD in clinical psychology. He is an honorary associate with the School of Medicine, University of Sydney and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. His latest book is the memoir, "How I Rescued My Brain: A psychologist’s remarkable recovery from stroke and trauma". David is a public speaker, musician and advocate for mental health and disability issues.
Hayley is a Clinical Psychologist with a particular focus on women’s and children’s well-being, and interest in anxiety, trauma related issues and grief and loss. Hayley is passionate about working with a compassion focus to assist people to make the changes they desire. Hayley enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and appreciating beautiful art.
Tara is a Clinical Psychologist and mindfulness teacher. She has adapted and taught the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program for youth with mental health difficulties and has also facilitated mindfulness classes with incarcerated young women. She has a particular interest in compassion-based approaches and completed her Mindful Self-Compassion teacher training in the US with its pioneers Dr Kristin Neff and Dr Christopher Germer. She has also travelled to Europe to train in Compassion Focused Therapy with its founder Prof. Paul Gilbert. She is currently piloting a mindfulness and compassion program, which she developed for young people with psychotic symptoms, with the support of Monash University, Monash Health and Alfred Health in Melbourne, Victoria.
Tiegan is a Clinical Psychologist, with a passion for research and clinical work. She has a keen interest in compassion focused therapies, and supporting people to improve their relationships with themselves and others. Tiegan loves to engage in new adventures, and is currently enjoying the challenges and triumphs of her newest role - motherhood
Rebecca is a Clinical Psychologist in South Australia. She works with people with a diverse range of mental health concerns but also specialises in assisting people diagnosed with cancer. She has a particular interest in cultivating compassion to assist in the treatment of mental health concerns, particularly for people with high shame and self-criticism.