Compassion Focused Therapy

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

Our Approach

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.