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What is Compassion-Focused CBT?

Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, or simply seeking personal growth, compassion-based therapy offers a unique perspective and set of tools that can have a transformative effect on improving your mental well-being. Compassion-focused CBT is an integrative therapeutic approach that combines the principles of CBT with the cultivation of self-compassion.

How does compassion-focused CBT work?

In CBT, the focus is on identifying and challenging negative thoughts and beliefs. Compassion-focused CBT takes this process further by incorporating self-compassion, which involves treating ourselves with kindness and understanding when faced with difficulties or setbacks.

By cultivating self-compassion, we can learn to respond to our own pain, mistakes, and shortcomings with empathy and support, just as we would treat a loved one. This therapy encourages us to develop self-compassion as a means of fostering emotional resilience, improving relationships, and promoting personal growth. 

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What issues does Compassion-Focused CBT help?

  • Anxiety Disorders: Research has shown that integrating self-compassion into CBT can significantly reduce symptoms of anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder.
  • Depression: Compassion-focused therapy helps us challenge self-critical thoughts and develop self-kindness, leading to a reduction in depressive symptoms and an improved sense of self-worth.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): If you are struggling with PTSD, Compassion-focused therapy can provide a safe space to process traumatic experiences, reduce self-blame, and promote emotional healing. 

Does Compassion-Focused CBT work?

Numerous studies have demonstrated how well Compassion-focused therapy works when used alongside CBT. Here are some key statistics:

  • One study found that integrating self-compassion into CBT significantly reduced anxiety and depression symptoms in participants when compared to traditional CBT alone.
  • Another study showed that Compassion-focused therapy led to a significant reduction in self-critical thoughts and depressive symptoms in individuals diagnosed with major depressive disorder.
  • Research has also highlighted the positive impact of Compassion-focused therapy on self-esteem, body image, and overall well-being.

Is Compassion-Focused CBT for me?

Compassion-focused CBT is a powerful and transformative approach that combines the principles of CBT with the cultivation of self-compassion. By integrating self-kindness, understanding, and empathy into our lives, we can navigate challenges, heal emotional wounds, and foster personal growth. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, or any other mental health concern, Compassion-focused CBT offers a compassionate and effective path towards healing and a more fulfilling life. If you would like to know more about whether Compassion-focused CBT is right for you and your unique needs, please fill in an online request or give us a call. 



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