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Compassion Focused Therapy

Compassion Focused Therapy

“When you have learned compassion for yourself, compassion for others is automatic.”

What is Compassion Focused Therapy (CF)?

Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) aims to help promote mental and emotional well-being by encouraging people to be compassionate toward themselves and other people.

What does CFT involve?

The primary therapeutic technique of CFT include Appreciation exercises, or activities emphasising the things an individual enjoys.

These exercises may include making a list of likes, taking time to savour the moment when something enjoyable is noticed, and other positive rewarding behaviours.

Another technique widely used in CFT is Mindfulness, it promotes paying attention to the current moment in a non-judgmental manner.

CFT focuses on Compassion-focused imagery exercises, or the use of guided memories.

The goal is the production of a relational image that stimulates the soothing system.

This can be achieved by imaging someone showing kindness and compassion to you and experience how that feels, with the intention that you learn how to show yourself kindness and compassion.

Issues Treated with CFT

CFT can be helpful to people who find it challenging to understand, feel, or express compassion.

CFT can help to discover any reasons behind this difficulty and explore methods of positive change.

This type of therapy can also be effective at helping people manage distressing thoughts, behaviours, and feelings of any kind but may be particularly helpful when dealing with feelings associated with self-attack.

CFT can also help with, depression, Anxiety, shame based trauma, eating disorders, anger and self-harm.

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