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Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on helping individuals develop self-compassion, compassion for others, and a compassionate mindset. The goal of CFT is to help individuals overcome feelings of shame, self-criticism, and other negative emotions, and to promote feelings of warmth, kindness, and self-acceptance.

CFT was developed by Paul Gilbert, a British psychologist, and is based on the principles of evolutionary psychology, cognitive behavioural therapy, and mindfulness. The therapy focuses on the idea that our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours are interconnected and that by cultivating a compassionate mindset, we can reduce suffering and promote well-being.

CFT emphasises the importance of understanding and accepting our own emotions and experiences, and learning how to respond to them with kindness and understanding. This involves learning to recognise and challenge negative self-talk, and to cultivate a positive and compassionate self-image.

In CFT, individuals are encouraged to engage in various practices that promote self-compassion and compassion for others, such as mindfulness, visualisation, and self-compassion exercises. These practices help individuals to develop a more compassionate outlook, and to reduce feelings of shame, guilt, and anxiety.

CFT has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It has also been found to be helpful in improving relationships, reducing stress, and promoting overall well-being.

If you are interested in learning more about Compassion Focused Therapy, or if you are seeking help for a mental health condition, you may consider reaching out to a qualified mental health professional who specialises in this type of therapy. With the support and guidance of a trained therapist, you can work to develop a more compassionate mindset, and to reduce suffering and promote well-being in your life.


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