What is Compassion focused therapy (CFT)?

What is Compassion focused therapy (CFT)? Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on cultivating compassion, both towards oneself and others. It was developed by Dr. Paul Gilbert, a clinical psychologist and researcher in the UK.

CFT draws on a variety of theoretical approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), evolutionary psychology, and Buddhist psychology. It aims to help people develop a more compassionate and caring relationship with themselves and others, particularly when dealing with difficult emotions or challenging life situations.

CFT involves a number of techniques and strategies, including mindfulness, meditation, visualization, and compassionate imagery exercises. It also emphasizes the importance of developing a strong therapeutic relationship between the client and therapist, as well as building a sense of safety and trust.

CFT is often used to help people who struggle with shame, self-criticism, and self-blame, as well as those dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, and other mental health concerns.

Shervan K Shahhian

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