CFT is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that aims to help individuals increase feelings of contentment, safeness and connection in order to help gain a greater sense of emotional balance and well-being. It is rooted in evolutionary, social and developmental psychology and neuroscience and incorporates mindfulness and compassion practices.
The Science of Compassion
Numerous studies are emerging on the benefits of compassion. Practicing self-compassion:
- Consistently predicts lower levels of anxiety and depression
- Is linked with less rumination, perfectionism and fear of failure
- Reduces the stress hormone cortisol
- Calms cardiovascular stress
- Increases the ability to regulate emotions, take initiative, and experience positive emotional states
- Improves relationships and feelings of interconnectedness
- Promotes health related behaviors such as diet, exercise, smoking cessation and pain management
We view compassion as a verb. Compassion requires the ability to be sensitive and present with pain and difficulty while simultaneously taking action to make things better.
Compassion requires courage, strength, wisdom, and a deep commitment to care for the well-being of others and ourselves.
Regardless of treatment modality, a compassion focus is strongly emphasized and incorporated into the services provided.