Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is an evidence based therapy designed to promote the mental wellbeing of individuals, by helping them to be more compassionate towards themselves and others. More specifically, CFT aims to help individuals face their struggles with empathy and courage instead of criticism. Life is already hard and by responding to emotional pain with compassion, we can work with difficult thoughts and feelings instead of against them.
What is CFT?
Developed by psychologist Dr Paul Gilbert in the early 21stcentury, CFT combines theories and techniques from evolutionary, social, and developmental psychology, neuroscience, and Buddhist philosophy. CFT can be an effective therapy model for those struggling with anxiety, depression, self-criticism, feelings of shame, or anybody who finds it difficult to understand, feel, or express compassion.
How Does CFT Work?
Compassion Focused Therapy is rooted in the theory that there are at least three types of emotion regulation systems (parts of our brain that work together to control and maintain our emotions). The systems are; the threat focused system, the incentive/resource focused system and the soothing/contentment system. These systems help us achieve our key goals in life and when they are out of balance, we struggle. CFT helps to highlight the associations between each of these emotion systems and teaches individuals a range of techniques to cultivate self compassion so that they struggle less and achieve their goals in life.
CFT Therapist in Hertford
Clinical psychologist Dr Maria Tucknott provides Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) in Hertford for individuals struggling with a range of problems. CFT sessions will teach you how consciously develop more compassion for yourself and others, in order to improve your overall well-being. To enquire about Compassion Focused Therapy, or to learn more about my other offered talking therapies, enquire today about your free initial consultation.