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Compassion Focused Therapy for People Experiencing Psychosis

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Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) was initially developed for non-psychotic individuals but there is growing evidence for its use in psychosis or schizophrenia for patients or clients who may be difficult to engage. CFT aims to reduce shame, reduce self-critical thinking, increase self-compassion and target the emotional impact of symptoms and social relating in psychosis to reduce relapse and improve quality of life.

 CFT aims to ‘tone down’ the person’s self-critical relationship with themselves and facilitate the development of a new relationship based on care, concern and self-soothing. It de-shames and de-pathologises difficulties, fostering an understanding of these difficulties in terms of ‘survival strategies’ and supports the person to develop tolerance and become compassionate towards themselves.

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