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.