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Compassion Focused Therapy

What Is Compassion Focused Therapy?

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is a therapeutic approach designed to address and alleviate psychological distress by cultivating self-compassion. The core premise of compassion focus therapy is to help individuals understand and change patterns of negative self-talk and self-criticism, fostering a kinder and more compassionate relationship with oneself. We use this treatment at The Oak Tree Practice to improve emotional well-being and enhance resilience in the face of life’s challenges.

Where Can I Get Compassion Focused Therapy Near Me?

The Oak Tree Practice offers face-to-face sessions for Compassion Focused Therapy in London, with physical offices in Finchley (N3 2JU), Brixton/Clapham (SW2 5UL) and Hackney (E2 9FN). Home visits are also offered as part of our services.

We are also able to offer Compassion Focused Therapy across the UK via online zoom sessions or phone calls. Whether you are based in Edinburgh, Ireland, Scotland, Suffolk, Manchester, Nottingham or anywhere else in between, we would be delighted to assist you with this useful treatment.

3 Steps To Building Your Self Confidence Using Compassion Focused Therapy

Step 1: Self-Compassion

Step 2: Challenge Negative Self-Talk

Step 3: Set Realistic Goals

What Is Compassion Focused Therapy Used For?

Issues that we can help with include Compassion Focused Therapy for:

Eating Disorders


Alcohol Abuse





What Are Some Compassion Focused Therapy Exercises?

Compassion Focused Therapy techniques that we use at the Oak Tree Practice include:

  • Compassionate Letter Writing – Individuals write a compassionate letter to themselves as if they were writing to a dear friend. The letter emphasises self-compassion, acknowledging personal struggles, and expressing encouragement and understanding to help individuals build a kinder relationship with themselves.
  • Soothing Rhythm Breathing – This activates the soothing system within the brain by focusing on the sensation of breath to induce a sense of calm and safety. This exercise helps to regulate emotions.

Frequently Asked Questions About Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT)

What Are The Benefits Of Compassion Focused Therapy?

The benefits of CFT are multifaceted. The therapy assists individuals in developing a more compassionate relationship with themselves, leading to reduced self-criticism and improved self-esteem. The approach has been associated with reduced anxiety, depression and increased overall life satisfaction, making it a valuable tool for those seeking lasting improvements in their mental health.

Are There Any Disadvantages Of Compassion Focused Therapy?

Some individuals may find the emphasis on self-compassion challenging or unfamiliar. Additionally, the introspective nature of the therapy may be less suitable for those who prefer more action-oriented or cognitive-behavioural approaches. Our therapists have a wealth of experience so they will be able to determine almost immediately if the approach is benefiting you, and if not they will incorporate other therapies such as CBT or ACT to enhance your experience.

Do You Offer Compassion Focused Therapy For Groups?

Yes, we are able to hold group sessions that encompass Compassion-Focused Therapy if you feel that this will be beneficial for a group of individuals. We also offer corporate training and can offer group sessions in a workplace environment. Get in touch to find out more!

How Many Sessions Are Needed For CFT?

We do not offer a minimum number of sessions, as if you feel like you are where you want to be after one or two sessions, we would be delighted! We follow your lead and can assist for as many or as little appointments as you need.

Will My Appointments Be Covered By Insurance?

Most of our team are covered by the main healthcare insurers such as Bupa, Aviva, AXA, Vitality, Simply Health and Cigna. We recommend checking with the therapist involved when booking your appointment.

What Happens If I Need To Cancel My Session On The Day?

If you need to cancel a session, you may do so. However, the full fee for the session will still be payable for sessions missed or cancelled within 24 hours of the appointment time. For those funded by insurance, cancellation fees will not be covered and so you will be liable for these personally.