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Friday, 18 Nov 2016

What is Compassion Focussed Therapy?

By Dr Becky Spelman


What is Compassion Focussed Therapy?

Compassion Focussed Therapy combines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with knowledge from fields that include neuroscience and an understanding of our evolutionary past to help patients enhance their ability to feel compassion towards themselves and others. Often, we hold ourselves back from achieving as much as we could by expressing negative thoughts and feelings about ourselves, or damage our capacity to form positive friendships with others when we find ourselves unable to think of them compassionately. By learning how to treat everyone with more compassion, our skills of empathy are developed, and negative cycles of criticism and recrimination can be broken. By understanding ourselves better, we also learn how to understand others more. Compassion Focussed Therapy is especially useful for people who are self-critical and tend to experience strong negative emotions.


Who can I speak to further about compassion focussed therapy?

For help with the issues discussed in this article speak to one of our therapists here at Private Therapy Clinic for a free chat.

  • By Dr Becky Spelman
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Self Development
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What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, maximises your chances to be fulfilled and happy by helping you to accept that there are some things in life you can’t control, and that you can engage actively in doing things that make your life better. ....

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How to overcome a break up

When an important relationship ends, it can be the start of a very difficult time. Sometimes, things seem to get harder as the weeks and months pass, rather than easier, as we think they should. Life can be even more complicated when children are involved and we keep having to see our ex for practical reasons.....

10 Nov 2016

Zayn Malik and his Anxiety Disorder

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05 Nov 2016

Too Scared to Push? Fear of Childbirth/Afraid of Giving Birth?

While it’s perfectly normal for any woman to experience some nervousness or anxiety around childbirth, for some the fear of childbirth becomes so great that it can actually have a huge impact on their lives and the decisions they take. When fear of childbirth becomes so overwhelming, it is considered a phobia known as “tokophobia”. Tokophobia is a psychological disorder whereby the woman’s fear of giving birth involves a dramatic over-estimation of the actual dangers involved. While thin....

03 Nov 2016

Being a CBT therapist in London – Interview with Tara McCloskey

Tara McCloskey is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT), working both in private practice for the Private Therapy Clinic and for the NHS. She provides therapy both in English and in Farsi and was born and lives in London. Today I interviewed Tara to find out more about her role as a CBT therapist, her lifestyle and what her job involves.....