Episode 42 – Compassion Focused Therapy

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Episode 42 – Compassion Focused Therapy

Some nuggets from this episode

  • Compassion focused therapy may be of benefit for those of us who dealing with shame and/or a self-critical voice.
  • A main goal with Compassion Focused Therapy is to understand where shame comes from and to develop a kinder approach to ourselves.
  • Compassion Focused Therapy utilizes a number of tools such as psychoeducation, guided imagery, and breathing exercises.

A conversation between Miltos B. and Paul Garrigan

In this episode of the podcast, Miltos shares his experience with Compassion Focused Therapy. This approach can be particularly useful for those of us struggling with shame and an overly-critical inner voice. Miltos recommends a number of resources for further reading including:


The Compassionate Mind (Compassion Focused Therapy) by Paul Gilbert 

The Compassionate Mind Workbook by Chris Irons and Elaine Beaumont

Experiencing Compassion-Focused Therapy from the Inside Out by Russell L Kolts et al


The Compassionate Mind Foundation

Hope Mindful Compassion Show – Episode 42

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Topics covered in this week’s show include:

  • What is compassion focused therapy?

  • Where has Compassion Focused Therapy come from?

  • What is the goal of CFT?

  • How would you define compassion?

  • What are the benefits of CFT?

  • Why might it be suitable for people with addiction problems?

  • How is compassion focused therapy practiced?

  • Are there any possible negative effects from this therapy?

  • Could CFT be applied in an unhelpful way (e.g. narcissism, people-pleasing)?

  • Is it something clients can do on their own?

  • Is CFT suitable for everyone?

  • Is it something we offer here at Hope?

  • What resources can you recommend?

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