Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
CFT was developed for people who have high levels of shame and self criticism, which is common amongst people with mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety or post traumatic stress. People who have difficulty with shame and criticism are often from backgrounds with high levels of criticism, bullying, neglect and with low warmth and affection.
CFT is routed in an evolutionary understanding of the development of the human mind, neuroscience, neurophysiology and attachment theory. CFT uses mindfulness skills, exercises and other practices to activate the ‘soothing system’ – our emotional regulation system associated with compassion. People learn new ways of relating to themselves and others with the aim of fostering and developing the ‘compassionate mind’.