Dr Chris Irons

Chris Irons picDr Chris Irons is a Clinical Psychologist working for a mental health team in the National Health Service (NHS), in London, UK. In his clinical work, he uses Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT; Gilbert, 2009; Gilbert & Irons, 2005) in working with people suffering form a variety of severe and enduring mental health problems, including persistent depression, PTSD, OCD, bipolar affective disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia, along with a variety of personality disorders. 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 regularly presents to academic, professional and lay audiences on CFT and more broadly, the science of compassion. He is interested in how compassion may improve individual well being, relationship satisfaction, and facilitate positive group and organisational change. 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 self and other compassion in relationship quality.

We have a great interview with Chris Irons on our blog, as well as our blog post on compassion focussed therapy.

Chris Irons’ new book:

Past events with Chris Irons

Compassion Focused Therapy: Working with Shame and Self Criticism  

A Compassion Focused Therapy Approach to Working with Shame Experiences in Trauma

Chris Irons

Compassion Focused Therapy Day - 25th June 2016

Compassion Focused Therapy Day – 25th June 2016

Interactive teaching with Dr Chris!

Another great training day with BTP!

Another great training day with BTP!

 Testimonials for Chris Irons’s training

“Loved this training. A fascinating subject was delivered with passion, humour and expertise. Thoroughly enjoyable”

“Chris was so engaging, real and passionate”

“This training was inspiring, personally valuable and insightful”

“Beautifully presented and structured. Feel personally and clinically significant – really addressed some key blocks in therapy”

“Chris was brilliant and insightful”


Brighton Therapy Partnership has worked with many trainers and speakers in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. To see a full list, visit our speaker page. In addition, we regularly interview speakers for our blog.