Compassion-focused therapy for relating to voices

Heriot-Maitland, C. and Russell, G. (2018) Compassion-focused therapy for relating to voices. In: Cupitt, C. (ed.) CBT for Psychosis: Process-orientated Therapies and the Third Wave. Routledge: London, pp. 98-114. ISBN 9781138239869

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Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) is not a distinct school of therapy, but more a framework for focusing interventions that span across (and have emerged from) multiple different therapy traditions and approaches. In this respect CFT is a process-driven, rather than technique-driven, approach. The process unfolds to create certain contexts and conditions for an individual that will facilitate their mind’s natural adaptive, healing and problem-solving processes. So, essentially, CFT aims to create the conditions within a person’s environment, body and mind that will give them the best chance of working with, and integrating, distressing emotions and experiences. The CFT claim is that whatever threat-related intervention is required in therapy (e.g., addressing a fear, trauma, avoided emotion, behaviour), this will be more successful having first created these ‘optimum’ physiological and motivational conditions.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Heriot-Maitland, Dr Charles
Authors: Heriot-Maitland, C., and Russell, G.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing

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