Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is rooted in ideas from evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, cognitive behaviour therapy and attachment theory to develop a more caring and compassionate relationship with themselves. Originally CFT was developed for people who experienced high self criticism and shame, but research also shows that it can be an effective form of treatment for a wide range of other problems such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders and low self esteem.
During CFT your psychologist will help you understand your difficulties in the context of evolution; how our brains have evolved to produce particular emotions, motives and behaviour, and how we are all shaped by social influences and the environment which we find ourselves in.
At the heart of CFT is enabling clients to develop skills in compassionate understanding for themselves, to cultivate courage to actively engage with difficult emotions, and in doing so create change and enhance wellbeing. You will work with your psychologist to learn different strategies for enhancing your compassionate skills through imagery, attention training and mindfulness, and compassionate thinking practices.
Other types of therapeutic approaches we specialise in are: