James Bennett-Levy is Associate Professor at Sydney University’s Centre for Rural Health (North Coast) in Australia. Prior to this appointment, he was CBT trainer and consultant clinical psychologist at Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre. James is a leading CBT trainer and writer/researcher with a passion, founded in his research, for self-experiential therapist training.
His new co-authored book Experiencing CBT from the Inside Out: A Self-Practice/Self-Reflection Workbook for Therapists exemplifies his approach. His previous co-authored/co-edited books, the Oxford Guide to Imagery in Cognitive Therapy (2011), the Oxford Guide to Low Intensity CBT Interventions (2010), and the Oxford Guide to Behavioural Experiments in Cognitive Therapy (2004) have all been influential in enhancing the practice of therapists.
In recent years, James has trained in both Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Compassion-Focused Therapy. In his clinical work, James has become increasingly interested in the difference that a compassionate attitude to self and others can make to quality of life.
James has studied and practiced compassion-focused therapy since 2005, and over the last three years has undertaken a number of Mindful Self-Compassion courses with Kristin Neff and Chris Germer in the USA. James attended MSC Teacher Training in 2015.
He is one of the founders of The Compassionate Mind Foundation, Australia.