Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT)
CFT was originally developed for individuals who suffer high levels of shame and guilt, and for those of us who are highly self-critical. Self-criticism, shame and guilt, can be the result of depression and anxiety, or they can be key vulnerability factors for mental health problems.
CFT is an approach which is heavily based on evolutionary and developmental psychology and neuroscience. Our experiences and attachments in early life have a significant effect on the way our brain regulates emotion. People who experience high shame and self-criticism often have difficulty to experience soothing and inner warmth, resulting in symptoms of depression and anxiety.
CFT helps people to become more compassionate towards themselves as well as others, and via compassion to achieve inner warmth and safeness. This results in increasing acceptance of ourselves and improving our emotional well-being.