Compassion Focused Therapy

Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) aims to promote improved mental health and emotional wellbeing by supporting the idea of the importance of compassion in our lives. This compassion includes what we give to ourselves, what we give to others and acceptance of compassion provided to us from others.

CFT utilises a theory of biological evolution that humans have, at least, three underlying emotional regulatory systems:

  1. The threat / protection system
  2. The drive / resource seeking system
  3. The soothing system

These systems are quite relatable in that we can understand how we evolved to:

  1. Recognise and avoid or overcome threats
  2. Be driven to seek resources such as food or procreation
  3. Enjoy being comforted by others, individually and / or socially

CFT endeavours to provide a balance between these systems when certain dominance or weaknesses are found. Considering behaviours or responses and the link between our thoughts and these systems CFT helps us to understand, manage and react more appropriately.

CFT can be very affective for those who have low self-esteem, high levels of shame and self-criticism and who have difficulty in feeling warmth toward, and being kind to, themselves or others. Through the learning of tools CFT can help people feel more comfortable, at ease and safe in their interactions with others and themselves.

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