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What Is Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)?

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is a relatively new psychotherapy approach which was originally developed to work with shame and self-loathing (self-criticism). CFT is embedded within contemporary neurobiological understandings of the human mind. What Is CFT? is an information sheet describing the key principles of compassion focused therapy (CFT). For information, Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) is the skills-training application of CFT.

This is a Psychology Tools information handout. Suggested uses include:

  • Client handout - use as a psychoeducation resource
  • Discussion point - use to provoke a discussion and explore client beliefs
  • Therapist learning tool - improve your familiarity with a psychological construct
  • Teaching resource - use as a learning tool during training
  • Gilbert, P. (2010). The compassionate mind: A new approach to life's challenges. New Harbinger Publications.
  • Gilbert, P. (2009). Introducing compassion-focused therapy. Advances in psychiatric treatment, 15(3), 199-208 leifvind.dk archive.org



What Is Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)?