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Compassion Focused Therapist

I offer a unique blend of Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). These approaches can be used together, or can be equally effective on their own.

However, in the majority of circumstances, I will draw from both techniques in my work with clients.

About Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT)

Paul Gilbert created Compassion-Focused Therapy to specifically address shame and self-criticism, drawing on evolutionary, social, developmental, attachment and Buddhist psychology and neuroscience.

CFT aims to help you to develop skills in compassion and self-compassion, which help you feel safe and more at ease in the world.

Compassion Focused Therapy is especially useful if you experience:

· Shame

· Self-criticism

· Low self-esteem or negative self-talk

· Anger

· A history of physical or emotional abuse or neglect

· Difficulties trusting others

· Sadness

· An inability to be kind or compassionate towards yourself

· People pleasing

· Abuse

· Bullying

· Attachment issues

· Early trauma

· And those who work too hard or find it difficult to stop.

Shame and CFT

Shame is a painful emotion that has its rooted in a feeling that there is something wrong with us. Shame can prevent us from revealing our inner feelings or parts of ourselves, meaning that we don't allow ourselves to be truly seen and accepted by others.

However, when we share our thoughts, feelings and motives with a therapist in a safe environment, we can begin to realise these emotions are normal and make sense and therefore heal from shame.

With CFT we can learn to bring compassion to the shamed parts of ourselves, understanding them really hearing them and healing that pain.

Your unique life history

In our work together, we will begin to understand your experiences in early life.

By understanding your unique history, we can begin to explore what messages you learned about yourself and the world. We can explore the coping strategies you've put in place to help deal with these experiences and the possible unintended consequences of these strategies in your current life.

We learn to bring compassion to all of this. By doing this, over time, CFT replaces feelings of shame and insecurity with compassion and understanding, so that we can begin to soothe ourselves, accept soothing from others, and generate feelings of contentment and safety in our lives.

Next steps

If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment, then please do get in touch with me on 07725516391.

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