Based upon an integration of affective neuroscience, evolutionary science, and Buddhist meditation; Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is an innovative form of CBT that specifically targets the cultivation of compassion as a mechanism of action in therapy. A growing body of research demonstrates how cultivating our compassionate minds can help us conquer our anxiety, fear and shame. Rather than being a soft option, the deliberate activation of our compassion system can generate the emotional strength and psychological flexibility we need to face life’s challenges, and step forward into lives of meaning, purpose and vitality. The workshop will teach participants direct, experiential methods for cultivating the compassionate mind, using meditation, visualization, and other dimensions of training the mind.
Dennis Tirch, Ph.D. is a leading expert on Compassion Focused Therapy in the USA, and is the Director of The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy in New York. Dr. Tirch also serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Weill-Cornell Medical Center. He is the author of several books, chapters and articles, including The Compassionate Mind Approach to Overcoming Anxiety, the first self-help booked focused on treating anxiety disorders with a compassion focus. Dr. Tirch is a Fellow, Diplomate and Certified Trainer with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science.
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