The Irish Centre for Compassion Focused Therapy (ICCFT) is based in Dublin and was founded in 2017 to provide therapy and consultation in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). CFT was developed by Professor Paul Gilbert. It is an approach to living and managing difficulties that is rooted in human evolution, neuroscience, and psychological theory. 

CFT has been shown to be helpful for a range of issues, including anxiety and depression. CFT is most helpful when one's difficulties are maintained by patterns of self-criticism and shame. CFT helps us to realise that much of what causes us to suffer is not our fault. At the same time, CFT helps us take responsibility, in a compassionate way, for what we can change

In CFT, you will spend time learning to understand your emotions and motivations.  You will be supported in exploring the difficulties that you face in a caring way with the aim of developing a more compassionate relationship with yourself. Your therapist will work with you to harness your own innate strength, wisdom, courage, and commitment to bring about the changes that you want to see in your life.

If you are unsure about whether or not you wish to engage in therapy at this time, or if practical issues make it difficult, you may want to consider our online course in Compassionate Mind Training. This 8 week course is offered in the evenings and provides course members with valuable skills and ways of thinking about our tricky human brains!

If you would like to learn more about CFT, visit the Compassionate Mind Foundation website.