The principles of Compassion Focused Therapy are drawn from a wide range of fields including evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, models of emotion and cognitive and behavioural approaches. Since the founding of the Compassionate Mind Foundation in 2006, there has been a growing number of articles, chapters and books that explore CFT and its application. We offer a selection of CFT related publications below, that we hope may be useful to both clinicians and researchers interested in developing a greater understanding of this area.

If you are aware of papers that may relate to this area, and may be of interest to others, please contact us with the details.


International Journal of Cognitive Therapy: Compassion Focused Therapy

Special Issue on Compassion Focused Therapy

2010, Volume 3 Issue 2


Compassion Focused Therapy: A Special Section
Paul Gilbert

An Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy in Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Paul Gilbert

Mindfulness as a Context for the Cultivation of Compassion
Dennis D. Tirch

A Compassion Focused Approach to Anxiety Disorders
Mary Welford

Compassion Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders
Kenneth Goss, Steven Allan

A Compassion Focused Model of Recovery after Psychosis
Andrew Gumley, Christine Braehler, Heather Laithwaite, Angus MacBeth, Paul Gilbert

A pilot exploration of heart rate variability and salivary cortisol responses to compassion-focused imagery

Rockliff, H., Gilbert, P., McEwan, K., Lightman, S. & Glover, D. (2008), Clinical Neuropsychiatry.

Paranoid Beliefs And Self-Criticism In Students

Mills, A., Gilbert, P., Bellew, R., McEwan, K. & Gale, C. (2007). Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy.

Compassionate Mind Training with People who hear Malevolent Voices: A Case Series Report

Mayhew, S.L. & Gilbert, P.  15, 113-138 (2008). Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy.

A pilot exploration of the use of compassionate images in a group of self-critical people

Paul Gilbert & Chris Irons (2004) Memory.

Criticizing and reassuring oneself: An exploration of forms, styles and reasons in female students

P Gilbert, M Clarke, S Hempel, J N V Miles, C Irons (2004).  British Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Self-Criticism and Self-Warmth. An Imagery Study Exploring their Relation to Depression

P Gilbert, M W Baldwin, C Irons, J R Baccus & M Palmer. (2006). Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy.

Compassionate Mind Training for People with High Shame and Self-Criticism: Overview and Pilot Study of a Group Therapy Approach

P Gilbert & S Proctor (2006). Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy.

Compassion Focused Therapy after traumatic brain injury: Theoretical foundations and a case illustration. (2011)

Ashworth, F.M, Gracey, F & Gilbert, P. Brain Impairment