Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), is a research-based therapy founded on a combination of principles from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Evolutionary Psychology and Attachment Theory. It was developed to work specifically with clients who had high levels of shame and self-criticism and who had had early experiences of poor attachment, affiliation and affection. By developing care and affiliative focused motivation, attention, emotion, behaviour and thinking CFT begins to address these problems.
Dr Chris Irons is a Clinical Psychologist, and Deputy-Lead for Adult Mental Health in Tower Hamlets, London, UK. Chris is a board member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation, and a Founder of "Balanced Minds". Chris is an author of five books. He regularly presents to academic, professional and lay audiences on CFT and more broadly, the science of compassion.