compassion focused therapy
CFT was developed by Dr Paul Gilbert in response to clients who he saw weren’t responding to more traditional therapies. He observed the high level of internal criticism that these clients presented with and felt that this was the gateway to improving their symptoms. It draws upon multiple different types of therapies but is mostly rooted in evolutionary theories and neuroscience. ‘CFT suggests that our evolved brain is therefore potentially problematic because of its basic ‘design,’ being easily triggered into destructive behaviours and mental health problems (called ‘tricky brain’)’ (Gilbert, 2014). Therefore by mindfully learning about and acknowledging this ‘tricky brain’ we are then able to use compassion based strategies which are drawn from Buddhist philosophies to manage these thoughts and emotions.
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