Compassion Focused Therapy: Clinical Practice and Applications offers evidence-based guidance and extensive insight into the science behind compassion focused therapy.


The first section of the book explores the evolution and physiological infrastructures of caring, and how compassion arises when humans use their complex cognitive competencies to address suffering deliberately and intentionally. With this framework and basis, the next sections of the book explore CFT applied to groups, specific interventions such as chair work, the importance of applying the principles of the therapy to oneself, the CFT therapeutic relationship, and a chapter offering a systematic review of the evidence for CFT. The third section offers a series of multi-authored chapters on interventions for a range of different mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and many others. 


Being the first major clinical book on compassion focused therapy, with leading international researchers and clinicians addressing central problems, this landmark publication will appeal to psychotherapists from a variety of schools as well as being a vital resource for compassion focused therapists.

part Section I|239 pages

Compassion focused therapy

chapter 1|21 pages

Setting the scene

Psychotherapy at a crossroads and a compassionate way forward
ByPaul Gilbert

chapter 2|66 pages

Compassion focused therapy

An evolution-informed, biopsychosocial approach to psychotherapy: history and challengePaul Gilbert
ByPaul Gilbert, Gregoris Simos

chapter 3|32 pages

The evolved functions of caring connections as a basis for compassionPaul Gilbert

ByPaul Gilbert, Gregoris Simos

chapter 4|42 pages

Shame, humiliation, guilt, and social status

The distress and harms of social disconnection
ByPaul Gilbert

chapter 5|43 pages

Internal shame and self-disconnection

From hostile self-criticism to compassionate self-correction and guidance
ByPaul Gilbert

chapter 6|33 pages

Formulation and fears, blocks, and resistancesPaul Gilbert

ByPaul Gilbert, Gregoris Simos

part Section II|202 pages

CFT practices and settingsPaul Gilbert

chapter 7|30 pages

Introducing and developing CFT functions and competencies

ByPaul Gilbert

chapter 8|40 pages

Compassionate mind training

Key themes
ByPaul Gilbert

chapter 9|10 pages

Meeting the challenges of a multi-mind and the role of grieving

ByPaul Gilbert

chapter 10|15 pages

Compassion focused therapy and the body

How physiological underpinnings of prosociality inform clinical practice
ByNicola Petrocchi, Maria Di Bello, Simone Cheli, Cristina Ottaviani

chapter 11|11 pages

Psychedelics, connectedness, and compassion

ByEnzo Tagliazucchi, Lorena Llobenes, Natali Gumiy

chapter 12|14 pages

Self-practice/self-reflection (SP/SR) training for compassion-focused therapists

ByTobyn Bell, Tara Hickey, James Bennett-Levy

chapter 13|16 pages

The therapeutic relationship in compassion focused therapy

ByHannah Gilbert

chapter 14|12 pages

A group mindfulness and compassion-focused therapy programme

ByFrancis Gheysen, Marine Paucsik, Pascal Delamillieure

chapter 15|14 pages

Compassion focused therapy in groups

ByDerek Griner, Mark E. Beecher, Gary M. Burlingame, David M. Erekson, Kara Cattani

part Section III|173 pages

Specific applications

chapter 17|14 pages

Compassion focused therapy chair work

ByTobyn Bell

chapter 19|15 pages

Compassion focused therapy for the treatment of anxiety

ByDennis Tirch

chapter 20|11 pages

True Strength

Using compassion focused therapy in the treatment of problematic anger
ByRussell L. Kolts

chapter 21|14 pages

Compassion focused therapy in forensic settings

ByDiana Ribeiro da Silva, Daniel Rijo

chapter 23|15 pages

Compassion focused therapy

An evolutionary and biopsychosocial understanding of depression and its management
ByGregoris Simos

chapter 24|16 pages

Compassion focused therapy for voice-hearing and delusions in psychosis

ByCharles Heriot-Maitland

chapter 25|19 pages

Using compassion focused therapy to work with complex PTSD

ByDeborah Lee

chapter 27|16 pages

Overview of outcome research on compassion focused therapy

A scoping review
ByJaskaran Basran, Joanne Raven, Ptarmigan Plowright