Compassion-Focused Therapy

Who Needs Compassion-Focused Therapy?

Our online compassion focused therapy (CFT) promotes emotional and mental healing through compassionate thoughts and actions directed towards oneself and to others.

Compassion is considered to be essential for wellbeing and can be effective in the treatment of:

  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Shame
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-harm
  • Psychosis

What is Compassion-Focused Therapy?

CFT is a relatively recent addition to the therapeutic toolkit, based on CBT, developmental- and social psychology, and Buddhist philosophy (among other influences).

The approach explores:

    • the ‘threat and self-protection’ system
    • the ‘drive and excitement system’, and
    • the ‘contentment and social safeness’ system

The approach aims to bring those three systems into balance.

What is the theory driving Compassion-Focused Therapy?

The CFT theory works around these three systems (let’s call them, threat, drive, and contentment for ease) which evolved as a means of human survival: the need to protect and minimise threat; to seek out resources (food and intimacy); and find a place in the social community.

CFT practitioners suggest that these systems still actively affect our emotions, actions, and beliefs. If threat is felt, for example, we feel anxiety, fear, or anger, driven by a fight or flight response. This response leads to cognitive bias: jumping to (possibly incorrect) conclusions, stereotyping, and playing things too safe.

How does CFT work?

Our online compassion focused therapy combines a range of appreciation exercises, mindfulness, and compassion-focused imagery activities.

Appreciation exercises shine a light on the things you enjoy. You create lists of the things you like and make a conscious effort to savour the moment when you notice that something is enjoyable. It’s about recognising positive, rewarding behaviours.

Mindfulness is the ability to draw your attention to the present moment. You draw your focus inwards in a non-judgemental manner and learn to relish the positive things in life; as they happen.

Compassion-focused imagery exercises are the practice of guided memories to stimulate the mental body to commune with the physiological body. The aim is to produce a mental image that stimulates the soothing system.

Developing compassion can minimise feelings of self-attack and to better understand your inclination towards self-criticism; raising your self-esteem. Our online compassion based therapy service can help you get back on your feet. 

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