Compassion Focused Therapy: Distinctive Features

Compassion Focused Therapy: Distinctive Features

by Paul Gilbert

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Compassion Focused Therapy: Distinctive Features by Paul Gilbert

Research into the beneficial effect of developing compassion has advanced enormously in the last ten years, with the development of inner compassion being an important therapeutic focus and goal. This book explains how Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) – a process of developing compassion for the self and others to increase well-being and aid recovery – varies from other forms of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Comprising 30 key points this book explores the founding principles of CFT and outlines the detailed aspects of compassion in the CFT approach. Divided into two parts – Theory and Compassion Practice – this concise book provides a clear guide to the distinctive characteristics of CFT.

Compassion Focused Therapy will be a valuable source for students and professionals in training as well as practising therapists who want to learn more about the distinctive features of CFT.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415448079
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/15/2010
Series: CBT Distinctive Features Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 571,511
Product dimensions: 4.80(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Paul Gilbert is Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Derby and has been actively involved in research and treating people with shame-based and mood disorders for over 30 years. He is a past President of the British Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapy and a fellow of the British Psychological Society and has been developing CFT for twenty years.

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements vii

Part 1 Theory: Understanding the Model 1

1 Some basics 3

2 A personal journey 13

3 The evolved mind and Compassion Focused Therapy 19

4 Multi-mind 29

5 Attachment and the importance of affection 39

6 Affect regulation: The three affect-regulation systems, caring and CFT 43

7 Affiliation, warmth and affection 53

8 Clarifying the CFT approach 59

9 Formulation 67

10 Shame 83

11 Self-criticism 93

12 Distinguishing shame, guilt and humiliation: Responsibility vs. self-critical blaming 101

13 Distinguishing compassionate self-correction from shame-based self-attacking 105

14 Threat and the compensations of achievement 109

Part 2 Compassion Practice 115

15 Understanding soothing: The wider context of balancing affect-regulation systems 117

16 The nature of compassion 125

17 Preparing and training one's mind: Mindfulness and soothing breathing rhythm 137

18 Introducing imagery 145

19 Creating a safe place 151

20 Varieties of compassion focused imagery 155

21 Developing the compassionate self 159

22 Compassionate chair work 167

23 Focusing of the compassionate self 171

24 Compassion flowing out 177

25 Compassion flowing into oneself: Using memory 181

26 Compassion flowing into oneself: Compassionate images 185

27 Compassion letter writing 195

28 Compassion and well-being enhancing 197

29 Fear of compassion 199

30 Last thoughts 209

References 213

Index 231

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