Compassion Focused Therapy Case Study

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This paper 's intention is to apply Compassion-Focused Therapy to the case study of Laura and will outline how Compassion Focused Therapy clarifies the case of Laura as well as outlining the methods used in Compassion-Focused therapy. The essay will finally evaluate how effective Compassion Focused Therapy is when understanding the case of Laura. Compassion is ‘a desire to alleviate another person’s suffering’ as redefined by Lopez (2011) which is believed that people can train themselves to become more competent in (Lutz, Brefczynski-Lewis, Johnstone & Davidson, 2008). Dalai Lama (1995) originally suggested that compassion is achieved by deep commitment to relieve the suffering of another person (as cited in Gilbert, 2010a). Compassion focuses …show more content…

This formulation could be used to assess how Laura’s fears connect to her strategies (see figure 2). This method would show Laura how her past experiences have caused a threat response (Ogden 2006). Compassionate imagery may also be used to help Laura change her thought process to adopt a more soothing approach to negative situations (Braehler et al., 2013), increasing the chance of a positive effect (Rockliff, Gilbert, McEwan, Lightman & Glover, …show more content…

Gilbert (2005) showed that to reduce the internal shame and self-criticism CMT was particularly significant. The findings from Gilbert’s research have been furthered to show the significance of increasing warmth reassurance and self-soothing (Gilbert & Procter, 2006). CFT has also been shown to be significantly effective in treating mental health conditions, but mainly effective in treating depression. This was supported by MacBeth and Gumley (2012), through a systematic review (meta-analysis) of the current literature on mental health conditions. All studies used the Neff Self-Compassion scale (Neff, 2003) which showed a large effect size for the relationship between compassion and psychopathology. If CFT was applied Laura, this could help her subside her negative emotions of guilt and shame as self-compassion has been shown to be positively correlated with self-competence (Neff, Hsien & Dejitterat, 2005). Therefore, CFT could help Laura increase her motivation for her “passion for literature and writing”. Kuyken et al (2010) found that when using compassion to treat depressive symptoms, CFT showed less severe symptoms 15 months after remission. Krieger, Altenstein, Baettig, Doerig and Holtforths (2013) aim was to research whether compassion is linked to depression and if compassion levels could be altered to

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