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Compassion Focused Therapy

Compassion focused therapy (CFT) is a therapeutic approach that supports individuals in developing self-compassion and experiencing compassion for others. If you want to talk with someone, CARESPACE can help.

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CARESPACE is less than 10-minutes away

Good news – if you’re looking for Compassion Focused Therapy near you and are in the Kitchener Waterloo area, there’s a CARESPACE multidisciplinary clinic less than 10-minutes away (book online below). And even better, our evidence-based team is driven to get the results you want so you can be your best.

What is Compassion Focused Therapy?

Compassion focused therapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on self-acceptance, self-care, and using compassionate understanding to align with inner feelings and experiences. This type of therapy seeks to understand how past experiences have impacted the client’s personal world, challenging unhelpful beliefs and combatting negative self-talk in order to promote positive change. While compassion focused therapy acknowledges that difficult thoughts and emotions can present themselves, it also encourages exploring why they’re being experienced in the first place.

How does Compassion Focused Therapy work?

Compassion focused therapy (CFT) is a type psychotherapy that focuses on aiding the individual in understanding and accepting their emotions. It helps people to challenge distorted thoughts and learn new skills for managing responses to distress or difficult situations. Through this, clients learn to be attentive to both their internal experiences and those of others, allowing them to have more meaningful relationships with the world around them. CFT has been found to be especially helpful in treating depression, anxiety, trauma and challenging behaviour. It uses an approach that emphasizes self-kindness by connecting with positive emotions such as joy and calmness. By developing compassion for oneself, people are better able to cope with stressors and create meaningful relationships that can help support one’s mental well-being.

What are the benefits of Compassion Focused Therapy?

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) has been gaining traction in recent years as an approach to psychological therapy that is designed to provide a safe, supportive space for individuals to develop self-compassion, understanding and healing. This approach focuses on cultivating compassion for oneself and others. It encourages mindful, non-judgmental acceptance of one’s thoughts, emotions, and experiences; accepting vulnerability as a part of life; challenging self-stigma by facing pain and fear with courage; building connections with others through learning empathy; and developing the capacity to heal from emotional wounds. CFT appears to be effective in treating a wide variety of disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders and even addictions. On top of this myriad of benefits for mental health care, CFT has great potential for individuals who are seeking overall emotional stability and wellbeing.

Are the outcomes of CFT permanent?

As with any psychotherapy, the outcomes of CFT depend largely on the individual seeking help and their current life circumstances. Some changes may be observed over a relatively short period of time while others may take longer or even be permanent. The shift in focus from self-criticism to self-compassion can help someone view their challenges in a more positive light, potentially reducing their need for long-term therapeutic support. Thus, research suggests that with continued practice and regular maintenance of the approaches learned through CFT interventions, it is possible to expect lasting change.

Who can benefit from CFT?

Compassion focused therapy (CFT) can offer benefit to many people who experience difficulties with emotion regulation, shame, guilt and low self-worth. CFT gives individuals the chance to explore their emotional life from a compassionate and understanding perspective, allowing them to gain insight into the obstacles preventing them from leadiing a happier and more fulfilled life. At its core, CFT assists in building an inner compassion directed towards oneself and others which is known to result in more satisfying personal relationships and an improved sense of inner strength. Patients suffering from depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and borderline personality disorder have found success with CFT when prescribed under the direction of a qualified mental health professional.

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Kitchener Waterloo Therapists

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is a unique therapeutic method that focuses on supporting individuals in understanding, accepting, and transforming their thoughts and emotions with compassion, rather than avoiding or trying to control them. When seeking a CFT therapist, it is essential to find a practitioner who is not only qualified and experienced in this therapeutic approach but also someone with whom you feel a sense of comfort and trust.

At CARESPACE you have the option of seeing a counsellor either in-person or online with TeleCARE. At CARESPACE your counsellor is less than 10-minutes away, and your first online appointment is FREE.

Please visit our psychotherapy page to choose the therapist who’s right for you.

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