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Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT)

Compassion-Focused Therapy integrates cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques with a focus on compassionate mind training. CFT is rooted in principles surrounding our common humanity such as the experience of unpleasant emotions and the universality of suffering. Being compassionate means being able to extend, kindness, understanding and grace towards others. Self-compassion practice is about being able to do the same for ourselves, minimizing self-judgement. CFT focuses on the three main emotion regulation system: the threat (protection) system, the drive (resource-seeking) system, and the soothing system and cognitions associated with these. Through CFT unhelpful cognitive and emotional patterns are challenged to achieve inner warmth, safeness and soothing.

 

Compassion-Focused therapy utilizes a CBT approach to towards increasing sympathy, sensitivity, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and compassion through specific interventions and training such as guided exercises designed to help individuals further develop a non-judgmental approach to themselves and others. Compassion is an essential skill for psychological well being.

 

 

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