Compassion Focused

Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) is a relatively new approach to psychotherapy that was developed by Paul Gilbert in the 1990s. CFT is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that emphasizes the cultivation of compassion and self-compassion as a means of addressing a range of mental health concerns.

At its core, CFT is based on the idea that many mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, and trauma, are rooted in a lack of self-compassion. CFT aims to help individuals develop greater levels of self-compassion by helping them understand the underlying causes of their difficulties and learn new ways of relating to themselves.

The therapeutic approach is grounded in three key elements:

  • Mindfulness: CFT encourages individuals to develop mindfulness skills to help them become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations.
  • Compassion: The therapist helps the individual develop compassion for themselves and others through various techniques, such as guided imagery and self-soothing exercises.
  • Cognitive Restructuring: The therapist helps the individual recognize and challenge negative thoughts and beliefs that may be contributing to their mental health difficulties.

CFT can be particularly helpful for individuals struggling with issues related to self-esteem, self-criticism, and shame. By helping individuals develop self-compassion, CFT aims to improve emotional regulation, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and improve overall well-being.

CFT is an evidence-based approach that has been found to be effective for a range of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders. It is often used in conjunction with other therapeutic approaches, such as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy.

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