Compassion Focused Therapy

Compassion Focused Therapy - an Evidence-Based Therapy

Compassion focused therapy is an evidence based talking therapy that is effective in helping with a wide range of difficulties, including depression, anxiety, voice hearing and shame.

It draws upon a number of theories and practices including CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), attachment theory, evolutionary psychology, some Buddhist practices and neuroscience. It involves the practice of various exercise ‘compassionate mind training’ or ‘brain physiotherapy’ to help us strengthen our ability to self soothe, develop a kinder relationship with ourself, develop feelings of safeness, develop courage and reduce shame. 

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) in Plymouth, Devon and Truro, Cornwall

Dr Sophie Mayhew started using the approach of Compassion Focused Therapy when working alongside the founder of CFT, Professor Paul Gilbert. 

Whilst working with Professor Paul Gilbert, Dr Sophie Mayhew published the first study which evaluated Compassion Focused Therapy for people experiencing psychosis. 

Dr Sophie Mayhew is a founding member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation.  Based in the South-West and with over 16 years experience as a qualified practioner, Dr Mayhew runs sessions from the Equanimity Clinical Psychology Services' clinics in Truro, Cornwall and Plymouth, Devon.

What is Compassion-Focused Therapy?

Compassion focused therapy or CFT is a form of psychotherapy which integrates techniques from cognitive behavioural therapy with other areas of psychology and neuroscience. It brings together strands from different scientific research of  what we know 'works'.


CFT supports us to learn and use 'tools' which can help: understand our difficulties from a different perspective, strengthen our emotional regulation skills, cope with challenging situations, develop self kindness and grow in confidence.

CFT COMPASSION FOCUSED THERAPY in Plymouth and Truro
CFT COMPASSION FOCUSED THERAPY in Plymouth and Truro

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Dr. Sophie Mayhew, Bsc (Hons), DClinPsy, CPsychol, AFBPsS

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Registration number 125670

HCPC Regsistered Practicioner Psychologist. Registration number PYL17869