Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
Compassion-focused therapy cultivates self-compassion within the individuals and combats issues of shame and self-criticism. This treatment understands how negative self-perception may result from early childhood experiences of neglect and abuse. CFT is useful for people struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and psychosis by addressing patterns of shame that contribute to these mental health issues. Compassion-focused therapy replaces one’s feelings of insecurity with compassion and understanding, allowing clients to begin to soothe themselves and accept soothing from others, generating a sense of contentment and safety. CFT works in individual and group settings and is an effective adjunct treatment with trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy.