Compassion Focussed Therapy

What is CFT?

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is a ‘third-wave’ cognitive behavioural therapy which recognises self-criticism, shame, self-loathing, and trauma as common factors underpinning a variety of mental health conditions. CFT was developed by Prof Paul Gilbert in the UK, prompted by his identifying a proportion of clients who could engage intellectually with standard CBT but struggled to feel any better. 

The scientific roots of CFT span cognitive behavioural therapies, evolutionary psychology, affective neuroscience, attachment and mindfulness practices. There is an expanding evidence base which indicates that CFT is effective as a therapeutic approach for a variety of presentations including depression, anxiety, psychosis, eating difficulties, trauma, and personality difficulties.

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The goals of CFT

Learn how evolution and social factors have shaped our minds and how this can lead us to become caught in patterns of emotional suffering which are not our fault
Become aware of how to notice and engage with emotional pain
Develop the use of compassion practices to help reduce suffering
Build skills in imagery, behaviour, attention and cognition

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