Episode 15

Published on:

28th Sep 2022

Series 2 Episode 1 - Compassionate Minds with Chris Irons

Episode 1 – Compassionate Minds 

HIV Matters is back, and we have an amazing second series to share with you. This episode of HIV Matters explores with leading expert Chris Irons what compassion focused therapy is and how this theory can be applied in everyday life to enhance psychological well-being. During the course of the conversation, we explore how our brain works and ways of dealing with difficult emotions. Chris explains key concepts in a clear and user friendly way that will enable listeners to consider how this can be applied to them to enhance their wellbeing. 

Episode Guest: Dr Chris Irons 

Chris is a Clinical Psychologist, he has many years of experience working in the NHS and is now co-director of Balanced Minds. Here, he provides psychological assessment, formulation, therapy and training courses. In his clinical work, he uses Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT; Gilbert & Irons, 2005) in working with people with a wide range of mental and physical health distress.

Additional Information and Links 

Balanced Minds https://balancedminds.com

Self-Compassion App details https://www.selfcompassion.me/balancedminds?ref=balancedminds


National HIV Nurse Association (NHIVNA) www.nhivna.org.

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HIV Matters
Exploring Quality of Life in HIV Care
The podcast explores the current issues people living with HIV experience that impact on their quality of life. The podcast aims to provide educational content and discussions with key leaders in HIV care in the UK, Europe and America. Exploring issues in a conversational solution focused approach will lead to a greater understanding of the needs of people living with HIV and enhance healthcare professional’s ability to provide person centred care. Throughout each episode there will be a specific show theme which will focus on current and topical issues within HIV care, either from a clinical or research perspective. The focus of HIV matters podcast series aims to showcase innovation and best practice within the field of HIV care.

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