Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
Compassion focused therapy is an increasingly popular psychotherapy method designed to help individuals struggling with self-criticism and shame.
What is compassion focused therapy?
Compassion focused therapy (CFT) is used to help teens and young adults navigate self-criticism, which may be the result of abuse or neglect earlier in life. It incorporates mind-body awareness to help the client learn both compassion for others and for themselves. CFT can be used to treat conditions like anxiety, mood disorders, anger, hoarding, eating disorders, personality disorders, and psychosis. Compassion focused therapy techniques may be used in both individual and group settings.
The goal of CFT is to create a sense of compassion within the client. Therapists explain how emotions are regulated in the brain to help shift the focus from feeling threatened to instead learning how to self-soothe in moments of stress. From there, the client works on mindfulness and awareness in order to learn self-compassion and compassion for those around them. The process involves guided visualizations and other techniques to break the routine of self-criticism.