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Compassion-Focused Therapy

Bay Area CBT Center

Compassion-Focused Therapy at Bay Area CBT Center

If you’re overly critical of yourself, then Compassion-Focused Therapy might be what you need. Burdened by unrealistic expectations and bullying yourself into believing you’re never enough can lead to cycles of stress, anxiety, and depression. 

We understand how harsh internal criticism can overshadow your life. That’s why we’re proud to offer a revolutionary approach designed to cultivate kindness towards yourself and foster a healthier, more compassionate inner dialogue.

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What is Compassion Focused Therapy?

Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) integrates the science of compassion with psychological strategies to enhance well-being. CFT is grounded in the understanding that compassion can be a powerful motivator of change, helping you overcome negative thought patterns, reduce anxiety, and build resilience.

Compassion-Focused Therapy helps you develop a kinder and more compassionate relationship with yourself and others. It’s particularly effective if you’re struggling with imposter syndrome, perfectionism, shame, or feelings of inadequacy. Through developing a compassionate mind, CFT enables you to face life’s challenges with greater ease and confidence.

Therapy Services We Offer


in-person and online Therapy options

Coaching

Teen Therapy

Couples Therapy

Group Therapy

Family Therapy

Compassionate Mind Training

Compassionate Mind Training is a key component of CFT. It’s designed to cultivate compassion with yourself and towards others. Through various exercises and practices, we’ll guide you to soothe your nervous system, balance your emotions, and engage with the world from a place of kindness.

Our compassionate mind training includes mindfulness techniques, visualization, and practical exercises to help you build the emotional strength needed to navigate life’s ups and downs. By practicing these skills, you can transform your relationship with your inner critic and create a supportive inner voice that encourages growth and healing.

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The Science Behind Compassion Focused Therapy

Compassion-Focused Therapy is not just a feel-good therapy; it’s an evidence-based treatment supported by a growing body of scientific research. Studies have shown that CFT can significantly reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress by activating the soothing system in our brains. This helps to decrease the influence of our threat and drive systems, which are often overactive when we’ve experienced emotional challenges.

The science of compassion reveals that being compassionate can lead to positive changes in our brain, body, and behavior. It can improve emotional regulation, increase feelings of safety and connectedness, and even enhance our physical health. Our therapists are committed to applying this research to help you elevate your emotional health.

Addressing a Variety of Issues with Compassion-Focused Therapy

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Perfectionism

If you’re battling perfectionism, CFT offers a path to self-acceptance. CFT teaches you to replace unrealistic standards with compassion, reducing the stress and self-criticism that often accompany the pursuit of perfection.

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Stress

Life’s demands can often lead to overwhelming stress. Compassion-Focused Therapy provides tools to manage stress effectively by promoting emotional resilience and a mindful approach to challenges.

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Anxiety

Compassion-Focused Therapy helps you understand the fear and avoidance patterns that characterize anxiety disorders. By cultivating self-compassion, you can learn to manage anxiety with greater ease and self-assurance.

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Trauma

Trauma can have a profound impact on your mental health. CFT addresses the effects of trauma by helping individuals cultivate a sense of safety and self-compassion, which is crucial for healing and recovery.

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Relationship Issues

CFT can enhance relationships by teaching the skills needed to approach interpersonal difficulties with empathy and assertiveness. This approach can help resolve conflicts and build more satisfying connections.

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Mood Disorders

If you’re feeling depressed, CFT can be a lifeline. This therapy helps you develop a compassionate self that can offer warmth and understanding, counteracting feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness.

 

Why Choose CFT at the Bay Area CBT Center?

At the Bay Area CBT Center, we understand that taking the first step towards treatment can be challenging. That’s why we’ve created a supportive and compassionate environment where you can feel safe to confront your fears.

Expertise

Our therapists are not only trained in CFT but are passionate about the approach and committed to your well-being. We bring a depth of knowledge and an empathetic ear to every session

Personalization

We understand that therapy is not one-size-fits-all. We tailor our approach to fit your individual needs and life circumstances, ensuring that your therapy journey is as unique as you are.

Comprehensive Care

With a range of services, we can support you through various stages and challenges of life. Our holistic approach addresses your mental health needs in a supportive and nurturing environment.


How to Start CFT Therapy with Us

Start your healing journey today!

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Matching Appointment

Book a free consult with our specialist to assess your needs.

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Therapist Match

We’ll match you with a therapist who fits your goals.

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Schedule Your Session

Choose video, phone, or in-person for your first session.
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Start Therapy

If the initial therapist match isn’t ideal, you can switch for free.

Ready to take the first step?

Integrative Compassion-Focused Therapy

Holistic Healing Path

We merge Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with compassion-focused interventions, to transform compassion into a force for personal change. This approach ensures a balanced journey to well-being, addressing both mind and emotional needs.

Tailored Therapy Journey

Our therapy is customized, blending cognitive, somatic, behavioral, and acceptance-based interventions to create a personal transformation strategy. This approach ensures that therapy is attuned to your unique journey, facilitating profound healing and growth.

Evidence-Based Treatment Tailored to Your Needs

At Bay Area CBT Center, we pride ourselves on offering Compassion-Focused Therapy as an evidence-based treatment. This means that our therapeutic practices are backed by scientific evidence, ensuring that you receive the most effective care. Our therapists are highly trained in CFT and stay up-to-date with the latest research to provide you with cutting-edge treatment.

If you’re ready to experience the transformative power of Compassion-Focused Therapy, we invite you to reach out to us. Contact the Bay Area CBT Center today to schedule your first session and start building a more compassionate and fulfilling life.

Our Team of Evidence-Based Therapists

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Avigail Lev, PsyD

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Molly Keirein, PsyD

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Vesal Vakili, LMFT

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Lian Zhu, PhD

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Lori Sparrow, LMFT

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Brandon Mason, PsyD

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Manmeet Rattu, PsyD

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Jacqueline Robertson, LMFT

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