Hello, I found some info on Compassion focused Therapy:
Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) aims to help promote mental and emotional healing by encouraging people in treatment to be compassionate toward themselves and other people. Compassion, both toward the self and toward others, is an emotional response believed by many to be an essential aspect of well-being. Its development may often have the benefit of improved mental and emotional health.
According to CFT theory, the threat, drive, and contentment systems evolved throughout human history in order to facilitate survival. Early humans were eager to avoid or overcome threats, seek resources such as food or intimacy, and enjoy the benefits of being part of a social community. Proponents of CFT suggest these systems are still active and affect human emotions, actions, and beliefs today. If a threatening stimulus is received, for example, a person may experience different feelings (such as fear, anxiety, or anger), exhibit various behaviors (submission or a fight or flight response), and develop certain cognitive biases (jumping to conclusions, stereotyping, or assuming it is always better to be safe than sorry)
People in therapy might learn:
Appreciation exercises, or activities emphasizing the things an individual enjoys. These exercises may include making a list of likes, taking time to savor the moment when something enjoyable is noticed, and other positive rewarding behaviors.
Mindfulness, or the ability to pay attention to the current moment in a non-judgmental manner.
Compassion-focused imagery exercises, or the use of guided memories and fantasies to first stimulate the mind and then the physiological systems. The goal of compassion-focused imagery exercises is the production of a relational image that stimulates the soothing system.
I went to the assessment last week where two doctors explained what is involved. I had a melt down as under a great deal of stress at the moment and at the end of 2hrs I was asked if I would consider a week on the ward!!
Anyway the therapy doesn't start until September so watch this space
That's starting the process going for an assessment.
I also feel I need to go away inpatient somewhere in the very near future. I actual look forward to getting away and start my recovery and new life. I too, will also use this forum until and even during my therapy there after. I've noticed others members on here have been here since 2011 or even before. It's a very positive therapeutic tool to have when faced with time alone during therapy. We need a place to release our thoughts where others understand because people who suffer Mental Illness know and understand best what another person could or might feel just like them.
I hope your process goes well and you find the help you need. Feel free to share anytime and I hope to help in any way.