Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) aims to help promote mental and emotional healing by encouraging us to be compassionate toward ourselves and others. Compassion, both toward the self and toward others, is an emotional response believed by many to be an essential aspect of well-being. Its development may often have the benefit of improved mental and emotional health.
CFT is grounded in current understanding of basic emotion regulation systems: the threat and self-protection system, the drive and excitement system, and the contentment and social safeness system. Treatment sessions highlight the association between these systems and human thought and behaviour. The aim of CFT is to bring these three affect systems into balance.