What is Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)?
Compassion Focused Therapy is a form of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) that draws upon evolutionary psychology and the neuroscience of emotion to help clients work with emotional difficulties.
CFT is an integrative psychotherapy approach which aims to develop ways to understand compassion and how to apply it to ourselves in our own lives, in overcoming emotional distress, such as shame, guilt.
When we experience fear, disappointment, dread, loss or self-criticism, we naturally tend to look for comfort and support from those we care about, and who care about us. We turn to them for their acceptance, their understanding and their love. We are calmed by the warmth, compassion and the acceptance of others. We can develop healthier ways of responding to life’s struggles and problems by directing compassion and kindness inwards.
It’s learning to treat yourself with kindness and compassion, and learning to place your feet firmly on the ground. If you are going to walk out of your struggles with your emotions, you need to regain your psychological footing.
CFT targets the activation of the safeness system so that it can be more readily accessed and used to help regulate threat-based emotions of anger, fear, disgust, and shame.
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