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How Compassion-Focused Therapy Can Help Adults with Depression

compassion focused therapy for adults with depression

Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) is a type of psychotherapy that helps adults with depression. It focuses on helping individuals to identify and work through feelings of shame, self-criticism, and emotional distress. CFT can help people connect to their own compassionate inner resources, and address any self-sabotaging behaviors or beliefs that may be contributing to their depression.

What is Compassion-Focused Therapy?

Compassion-focused therapy is a form of psychotherapy designed to help individuals with depression find compassion for themselves and others. Through this process, individuals learn how to respond with kindness and understanding instead of judgment or criticism. CFT also helps individuals identify and address any self-sabotaging behaviors or beliefs that may be contributing to their depression.

How Can CFT Help An Adult With Depression?

During a typical session of CFT, a therapist will guide the individual through activities designed to increase their awareness of how they interact with themselves and others. This could include exploring feelings of shame or guilt associated with past events or exploring patterns in relationships that may be contributing to negative feelings about oneself. The therapist will then provide support as the individual works through these issues using techniques like mindfulness or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Through this process, individuals learn how to respond compassionately instead of critically when faced with difficult emotions or situations. This therapeutic approach can be incredibly helpful in reducing symptoms associated with depression such as low self-esteem, hopelessness, and irritability.

What Are The Benefits Of CFT For Adults With Depression?

Compassion-focused therapy has been shown to have many benefits for adults suffering from depression. One key benefit is its ability to foster positive emotions like empathy, acceptance, and self-compassion which can help reduce the severity of depressive symptoms. In addition, CFT can also help individuals develop more adaptive coping strategies for dealing with difficult emotions in the future. Finally, CFT can also help individuals build better relationships with themselves and others by increasing their awareness of how their behavior affects those around them.

What Can An Adult With Depression Expect From CFT?

Compassion-focused psychotherapy can be an invaluable asset to adults suffering from depression. This psychotherapy provides specific strategies that patients can use to focus on developing self-compassion, values, and emotional awareness which have been scientifically proven to help improve mental health and well-being. Throughout the course of therapy, therapists will target the patient’s deepest needs by developing key skills that foster more positive self-reflection and mood regulation. Through this process, individuals will learn how to gain insight into their own thoughts and behaviors as well as increase their ability to connect with loved ones in meaningful ways. The goal is for patients to develop mindful awareness in order to manage difficult emotions like anxiety or sadness. With the guidance of  competent psychotherapists or counsellors who has expertise in this type of therapy, adults with depression may find compassion-focused psychotherapy to be a highly effective way of addressing their psychological needs.

How Long Will CFT Take To Work For An Adult Suffering/Dealing With Depression?

Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) can be an effective psychotherapeutic option for adults suffering from depression. A psychotherapist or counsellor usually provides a safe environment to work through these issues by consulting, talking to, and counselling the individual. The length and duration CFT may take to work can depend on the complexity of the situation, with some adults requiring more intensive psychotherapy over a longer period of time to make progress. Some adults may notice improvements in as little as four sessions whereas others may require ongoing psychotherapy across multiple treatment sessions which could extend over several months or years.

How Do I Know If CFT Is The Right Treatment For An Adult With Depression?

When trying to decide if compassion-focused therapy is the right psychotherapy treatment for an adult with depression, it can be helpful to talk to a qualified counsellor or therapist. They will be able to assess the individual’s particular needs and goals and provide specialist advice on the best psychotherapy approach. After finding out more information about compassion-focused psychotherapy, the adult can then discuss with their care team if this form of psychotherapy is most suitable for their situation. It may even be possible for the adult to have a ‘taster session’ with a trained psychotherapist so they can experience what goes on in these sessions firsthand and get an understanding of how they might progress.

Compassion-focused therapy is an effective form of psychotherapy for adults suffering from depression. Through this process, individuals are able to cultivate positive emotions like empathy, acceptance, and self-compassion which can ultimately lead to reduced depressive symptoms over time. Additionally, CFT helps individuals develop more adaptive coping strategies for dealing with difficult emotions in the future while also helping them build better relationships with themselves and others by increasing their awareness of how their behavior affects those around them. If you are an adult suffering from depression and looking for an effective therapeutic approach then consider trying out compassion-focused therapy today!

If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Sarah Jackson, BBA, MACP, RP (Qualifying), or another psychotherapist in Waterloo or Kitchener at CARESPACE. We are happy to listen and are here to help!

Sarah Jackson, BBA, MACP, RP (Qualifying)

Sarah Jackson, BBA, MACP, RP (Qualifying)

Psychotherapist
Sarah is a natural empathetic listener who focuses on the critical components of the therapeutic relationship by providing an unbiased and safe environment to explore your issues. Using techniques such as CBT and a strength-based focus, Sarah holds a collaborative client-centred approach to therapy where you are truly guided to be the expert in your journey and healing process. Sarah places the therapeutic alliance at the centre of her system and focuses on building and maintaining that relationship throughout the process. Sarah earned a master’s degree in counselling psychotherapy from Yorkville University, as well as a unique background in hospitality, real estate services and fashion, which have helped her realize her strengths in building relationships. Her passion for mental health and wellness emerged through her diverse life experiences and interest in helping others achieve their goals. Together, Sarah will work with you on approaches that let you deal with the underlying issues causing your problems and create deep relationships.

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