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Hi, has anyone experienced compassion focused therapy? I have been referred for an assessment for this and wondered what it involves.
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Hi,
Sorry not heard of it, please do update us when you've been.
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it's a new one for me
 
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yes I found information on CFT


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.
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googled this. hope this meets forum requirements

best wishes,
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wanted to edit my reply to you but couldn't. I wanted to add a link to this googled information.
CFT article:
Compassion–Focused Therapy

this is public information on google.

I feel I have compassion but it can be clouded with Mental Illness. Meaning, I forget what I live for and want to receive from others. I have to think before talking.
It works for me.
Guy~
 
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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
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Same here M

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.
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I think I've heard a bit about it. It is quite interesting as a therapy idea!

I am definitely supportive of compassion so all the best to you :)
 
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The Compassion therapy is on hold and i am now having one to one trauma therapy which is so hard but i am trying
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That does sound hard. I hope it helps you. Sorry you have the effects of trauma to deal with, I've dealt with this in therapy too.

I asked for CFT a few years back, and read quite a bit about it. It wasn't available though. Learning to have compassion for yourself is so valuable and helpful imo.

Take care Marchhare.
 
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I'm a few weeks into it (I wanted it and by accident got it!). It can be for people with trauma (nut not necessarily). The developer of the theory and therapy is Paul Gilbert - been around for some time and is highly regarded - tho in the end you have to decide whether to put your trust (in psychology) in what is, as I see it, only theory (of the human mind, emotions etc.). The word compassion sounds quite `soft', but it involves some hard work as I see it. It's quite a sophisticated concept that needs to be put into practice

It's for people who are very self-critical and have shame (something I hadn't realised I had - you can be unaware of such thinking but I realised in a few weeks in. Here is an article (about 10 years back) from Gilbert https://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/docs/GILBERT-COMPASSION-HANDOUT.pdf
It can hurt doing it, it seems - as you are uncovering what you buried. I guess that makes sense
Love to hear from other people who have experienced it
 
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Now having art therapy for trauma
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I didnt know it was called this but it was included in my CBT. I also had to do it as homework.
 
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