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Compassion Focused Therapy for Dummies


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Introduction 1 Part 1: Getting Started with Compassion Focused Therapy 5 CHAPTER 1: Introducing Compassion Focused Therapy 7 CHAPTER 2: Understanding Compassion 25 CHAPTER 3: Making Sense of Life's Challenges 39 Part 2: Understanding Ourselves 53 CHAPTER 4: Introducing the Three Circles 55 CHAPTER 5: Getting to Know Ourselves: Exploring Our Life Stories 73 CHAPTER 6: Considering Your Beliefs about Compassion 91 CHAPTER 7: Facing Barriers to Compassion 107 Part 3: Developing Our Compassionate Mind 119 CHAPTER 8: Directing Our Attention 121 CHAPTER 9: Preparing for Compassion 133 CHAPTER 10: Practising Compassion for Others 151 CHAPTER 11: Allowing Compassion In 165 CHAPTER 12: Delving Deeper into Self-Compassion 179 Part 4: Compassionate Practices 191 CHAPTER 13: Cultivating Compassionate Thoughts 193 CHAPTER 14: The Power of the Pen: Writing to Strengthen Your Compassionate Mind 213 CHAPTER 15: Taking Action! 231 CHAPTER 16: Expressing Yourself 251 CHAPTER 17: Understanding the Different Aspects of Yourself 265 CHAPTER 18: Placing Compassion at the Centre of Your Life 277 Part 5: The Part of Tens 285 CHAPTER 19: Ten Pointers for Seeking a Professional Therapist 287 CHAPTER 20: Ten Tips You May Want to Share 297 CHAPTER 21: Ten Ways to Change the World with Compassion 303 Appendix: Additional Resources 309 Index 313

About the Author

Dr. Mary Welford, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, lives and works in the South West of England. She is a founding member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation, Chair to the charity from 2009 2015 and authored the Compassionate Mind Guide to Building Self Confidence.

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