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Compassion-Focused Therapy

Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) was developed by Professor Paul Gilbert, of the University of Derby in Derby, England.  CFT draws upon evolutionary psychology, a model of emotions based in affective neuroscience, and utilizes contemporary practices for cultivating compassion and mindfulness which have their roots in Buddhist psychology.  A good deal more information about Compassion-Focused Therapy, the Compassionate-Mind Foundation, and Professor Gilbert's research is available at www.compassionatemind.co.uk.

Compassion-Focused Therapy helps us to understand the ways that our emotions can become unbalanced in our lives and how we can learn to work with our feelings and life-difficulties in direct, compassionate ways.  CFT is perhaps best considered as a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy, and incorporates evidence-based approaches for treating mental illness, applying powerful change strategies in ways that are designed to help to reduce shame and self-criticism, and to promote compassion for all, including both the self and others.

Contact the INCMC if you are interested in the following:

  • Training and supervision for clinicians who would like to learn how to utilize Compassion-Focused Therapy with their clients.
  • Receiving psychotherapy from a clinician who is trained in Compassion-Focused Therapy.
  • Potentially participating in research examining compassion and Compassion-Focused Therapy interventions.


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