For the first time ever, CFT Made Simple offers easy-to-apply tools to help clients develop self-compassion, learn mindfulness skills, and balance difficult emotions for greater treatment outcomes.
Created by world-renowned psychologist Paul Gilbert, compassion-focused therapy (CFT) is extremely effective in helping clients work through painful feelings of shame and self-criticism. However, the theoretical aspects of this therapy—such as evolutionary psychology, attachment theory, and affective neuroscience—can make CFT difficult to grasp. This book provides everything you need to start implementing CFT in practice, either as a primary therapy modality or as an adjunctive approach to other therapies, such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and more.
CFT has unique strengths, and is especially effective in helping clients work through troubling thoughts and behaviors, approach themselves and others with greater compassion and kindness, and feel safer and more confident in their ability to handle life’s challenges and difficulties. This book articulates the theoretical basis of the therapy in simple, easy-to-follow language, and offers practical guidance and strategies on how to tailor your CFT approach to specific client populations.
As a clinician interested in the benefits of CFT but wary of the dense theoretical principles that lay behind it, you need a user-friendly guide that will let you hit the ground running. CFT Made Simple is that guide.
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About the Author
Russell L. Kolts, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at Eastern Washington University, where he has taught for the past seventeen years. Kolts has authored or coauthored numerous books and scholarly articles, including The Compassionate-Mind Guide to Managing Your Anger, and has pioneered the application of compassion-focused therapy (CFT) to the treatment of problematic anger. An internationally recognized expert in CFT, he regularly conducts trainings and workshops on compassion and CFT, and has appeared in his own TEDx Talk. Foreword writer Paul Gilbert, PhD, is world-renowned for his work on depression, shame, and self-criticism, and is the developer of CFT. He is head of the mental health research unit at the University of Derby, and has authored or coauthored numerous scholarly articles and books, including The Compassionate Mind, Mindful Compassion, and Overcoming Depression. Afterword writer Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is Nevada Foundation Professor and director of clinical training in the department of psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of forty-one books and nearly 600 scientific articles, his career has focused on analysis of the nature of human language and cognition, and its application to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering and promotion of human prosperity. Among other associations, Hayes has been president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. His work has received several awards, including the Impact of Science on Application Award from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.
Table of Contents
1 Origins and Basic Themes 13
2 Introducing Compassion 25
3 Compassionate Relating: Roles of the Therapist in CFT 33
4 Compassionate Understanding: How Evolution Has Shaped Our Brains 49
5 Compassionate Understanding: Three Types of Emotion 61
6 Compassionate Understanding: The Social Shaping of the Self 75
7 Compassionate Awareness: Cultivating Mindfulness 91
8 Committing to Compassion: Working with Self-Criticism 107
9 Cultivating the Compassionate Self 115
10 Compassionate Thinking and Reasoning 129
11 Using Compassionate Imagery 141
12 Embodying Compassion: Chair Work in CFT 155
13 Compassionate Integration: Case Formulation in CFT 171
14 Exploring Affect: The Multiple Selves Practice 181
15 Riding the Third Wave: Integrating CFT into Your Therapy 195
Afterword: Unpacking the Compassionate Mind 205
Appendix: Reproducible Forms 209
About the author 223
Kolts resides in Spokane Valley, WA.