Compassionate Mind Training
Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) also known as Compassion Focused Therapy, has been developed to help individuals who experience high levels of shame and self-criticism; these can be common characteristics of clients who come to therapy experiencing many emotional difficulties, including low mood and/or high levels of anxiety.
CMT increases awareness and understanding of the automatic reactions we all experience that have evolved in humans over millions of years, and which the individual has also learned from early childhood.
The key principles of CFT are to motivate the individual to care for their own wellbeing, to become sensitive to their own needs and distress, and to extend warmth and understanding towards themselves. The client is encouraged to employ these self-soothing actions as they engage in CBT techniques.