CBT has become more established as the therapy of choice in recent years, and consequently different voices in the CBT tradition have become prominent. This book brings together these voices by offering its readers a one-stop guide to the major approaches.
Each chapter offers an overview of a particular approach to CBT, covering:
Historical development of the approach; Theoretical underpinnings; Practical Applications; Case Examples; Research status
This book is essential reading for CBT trainees and practitioners as well as those training within the broader field of counseling & psychotherapy.
Chapter Seven: Compassion-Focused Therapy
Historical Development of the Approach
An interest in using a compassion focus for therapy grew out of working with people with complex mental health difficulties who often came from neglectful, abusive and/or emotionally insecure backgrounds. Working within a CBT model, some clients would say they could understand the logic of ‘alternative’ thinking and could become very good at generating alternative thoughts, but then say: ‘I know logically I am not a failure but I still feel like a failure; I know logically I am not to blame for the abuse but I feel blameworthy and bad’. This is a well-known cognition emotion mismatch (Stott, 2007). When I explored the feeling in people's alternative thoughts themselves, they were either cold or slightly aggressive. The ...