We all live with an inner critic that judges us, shames us, and puts us down to some degree. It convinces us we are unworthy, unlovable, and if we could just “be better” this critic would go away. If you have struggled with your “critic” you also know it cannot be turned off, but only tends to get louder the more we believe what it says. Compassion-focused Therapy (CFT) can change this pattern.
CFT teaches my clients there is another language they can practice with themselves and their inner critic- the language of compassion. This approach helps my clients learn mood regulation by facilitating a sense of safety, connection, acceptance, and loving-kindness for self and for others.
The goal of CFT is to promote compassionate motivation, sympathy, and distress tolerance through specific practices including gratitude, mindfulness, guided imagery, and compassionate self-talk. It has been shown to be most effective in managing struggles associated with depression, anxiety, guilt, and shame.
If you would like to learn more about CFT and believe this may be a good fit for you, contact me today to get started.