Compassionate CBT is one of the chosen therapies offered by the NHS.
Arron Beck is the founder of CBT, his work has been developed by many eminent professionals including Prof Paul Gilbert, Dr Mary Welford, Dr Melanie Fennell, Dr Kristin Neff, Chris Germer, Dr Trish Sherwood, Mark O’Donoghue, Douglas Burns, Jack Kornfield and Deepack Chopra.
CCBT is an exciting approach which focuses on respect for the current conditions and what creates them + changes that deescalate the things we are thinking/doing which creates misery or chaos. Ongoing practice of this style of development enables habits being formed that are respectful towards the self and others which benefits our home and work-life. CCBT is about taking responsibility for your personal development, we have been inspired by Reinhold Niebuhr (1982-1971) to offer this reflection:
I am developing my self respect and my respect for others
I am growing my courage and embraceing development of myself
I am observing my mind, my body and what I am doing
I am embracing my responsibility for my internal culture and my local community
CCBT is a structured therapeutic process and will suite some personalities (not all, no one therapy does!). It is a highly effective style of therapy which identifies a practical holistic picture of your wellbeing and clarifies the core psychological elements that are discouraging your health. CCBT is offered in courses (short/medium/longterm), when appropriate regular personal development exercises are completed clients between meetings. Like all healthy therapy, this is a collaborative partnership, where the client is encouraged and supported to take responsibility for their role in the therapeutic process. Our aim is that clients will become their own personal development coach so they can continue this essential element of our wellbeing development.
CCBT looks at our five aspects, psychological, emotional, physical, behavioural and spiritual and identifies the connection between these processes, taking into consideration our environmental factors.
One key belief of CCBT is that generally our emotional reactions are driven by our thoughts, rather than the external situation. A common cultural view is that external events/people make us feel a certain way, we blame others for how we feel inside! This view discourages assertiveness, treating the self and others with respect and encouragement and can lead to a range of long term wellbeing issues including anxiety/stress/depression, which cause personal and economic misery and chaos.