What is compassion focused therapy (CFT)? 

When people have experienced difficult life events it can cause the brain generate negative, self critical thoughts that then impact upon our emotions, often resulting in destructive patterns of behaviour. CFT teaches us to focus on reactivating the compassionate part of the brain and learning new ways to react. It does this using range of strategies including:

  • Compassionate attention involves choosing to go through your memories and focusing on times you were good to others or they were good to you
  • Compassionate behaviour where you learn to spot and reduce things that you do to keep yourself ‘safe’ but that actually stop you from reaching your goals
  • Mindfulness 

What are the benefits?

CFT can be helpful to people who find it difficult to manage distressing thoughts, behaviours or feelings. It can be particularly good for those dealing with feelings of low self worth who could benefit from being able to discover the reasons for this and to learn to have a more compassionate view of themselves, others and the world around them.

It can often be helpful to those who have undergone CBT and have not been able to resolve some of the more destructive thoughts, feelings and behaviours that they live with.

 What are the issues it can help with?

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