Compassion Focused Therapy
Many of us have a critical internal voice that nags us and tells us that we are not good enough. For some of us, this critical voice can be so deep-seated that it can make the challenges that we face even more difficult. We may have a hard time feeling okay about ourselves and we might find ourselves feeling depressed, anxious, or stressed more often than others.
CFT is a therapy that’s helpful for people who, for a variety of reasons, struggle with how they feel about and treat themselves. CFT recognises that being human involves facing pain and suffering that can be hard to bear, be it through illness, losses, relationship hurts or life pressures. There is an understanding that we may have tried to develop ways to cope with this pain or push it away, but these ways of coping can sometimes cause us more suffering. The therapy places compassion at the centre of our efforts to manage and heal this pain. While we may think of compassion as meaning different things, we define it here as "a sensitivity to suffering in self and others with a commitment to try to alleviate and prevent it" (Gilbert, 2014). It is not gentleness or weakness. Compassion is the act of engaging with our pain and trying to relieve it in helpful and effective ways.
In CFT sessions, we learn to understand that emotional pain is not our fault and is part of being human. We learn skills and techniques to soothe and tolerate our pain which can allow us to feel more calm, content and secure, and can help us live a happier and healthy life. These skills and practices involve working with where we direct our attention, how we behave, our thinking patterns, and how we can generate imagery.
We are pleased to be able to offer CFT in both individual and group formats.