WHAT IS COMPASSION FOCUSED THERAPY (CFT)?

The last 10 years has seen growing evidence that developing the feelings of compassion for one’s self and others can have a positive impact on our body, brain and mind. Research evidence from within the healthcare community suggests that developing feelings of compassion can have a profound impact on our bodies, mental health, relationships and general well-being.

Self-criticism, inferiority and shame have a negative impact on how we feel. CFT aims to help people develop the skills to tackle ‘the bully within’ and aims to help people reduce feelings of shame and self-criticism by becoming more compassionate. Learning to ‘be kinder’ to ourselves can have a positive impact on our mental and physical health, and can help us manage the challenges we face in life.

CFT has been shown to be successful for people who experience feelings of guilt and shame and who are self-critical. This could be due to experiencing trauma, abuse, anxiety and/or low mood.

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