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.
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
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.
Mel is a Clinical Psychologist currently finalising a PhD focused on the contribution of psychological flexibility and compassion on help-seeking behaviours. While researching within the compassion field, she also provides compassion-focused therapy to assist all her clients with their current life struggles. With a 15-year work history with the Queensland Police, she is passionate about providing support to first responders, military, and their families.
Lisa is a registered psychologist currently working in private practice on the Sunshine Coast. Prior to this Lisa spent over 20 years in the community sector supporting people who have been impacted by interpersonal violence. She has extensive training in mindfulness and compassion based interventions and is currently completing a PhD on compassion-focused therapy for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. When she’s not working or studying, Lisa enjoys spending as much time as possible playing with her dogs at the beach.
James is a Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist at the University of Queensland, where he is also the Co-Director of the Compassionate Mind Research Group. His specific research areas include: a) examining compassion focused therapy; b) examining compassion with children; and c) what fears, blocks, & resistances people have towards compassion. James also holds a Visiting Fellowship at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University.