Compassion-focused Therapy: Small to Moderate Effectiveness

Small to moderate effectiveness: 0.45

What is Compassion-focused Therapy?

1. Using compassionate mind training in order to develop inner warmth, safeness andsydney-rae-408416-unsplash soothing through self-compassion and compassion for others.

2. Clients are taught to understand compassion from the third person before transferring those thought processes to themselves.



0.51 moderate effect: increased well-being (Sommers-Spijkerman, Trompetter, Schreurs, & Bohlmeijer 2018)

0.39 small effect: effective at follow-up 3 months after therapy (Sommers-Spijkerman, Trompetter, Schreurs, & Bohlmeijer 2018)



Sommers-Spijkerman, M. J., Trompetter, H. R., Schreurs, K. G., & Bohlmeijer, E. T. (2018). Compassion-focused therapy as guided self-help for enhancing public mental health: A randomized controlled trial. Journal Of Consulting And Clinical Psychology, 86(2), 101-115. doi:10.1037/ccp0000268

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