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Compassion focused therapy: Lessons from the frontline of brain injury care

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Consultant clinical psychologist Dr Miles Rogish has pioneered the use of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) among patients with brain injury. In Here he speaks to NR Times about his experiences of piloting CFT at the York House centre operated by Brainkind (formerly Disabilities Trust).

What are the origins of the CFT model?

CFT is grounded in the evolutionary analysis of basic social-motivational systems. Its aim is to support mental and emotional healing.

Professor Paul Gilbert developed it because, while cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) was helping a lot of people with depression, there was a large group who it simply never moved.

Through analysis he found that core beliefs around guilt and shame were keeping their emotional system dysregulated.

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