Compassion-focused therapy is a form of therapy that has proven to be especially useful for individuals who suffer from self-criticism, shame and anxiety. Its roots lay in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and it is seen as a 'third-wave' therapy by practitioners in the CBT field, together with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
As an approach to alleviate suffering it focuses on developing self-compassion as well as compassion for others through a range of experiential methods highly influenced by evolutionary and social psychology, neuroscience as well as Buddhist philosophy.
The approach itself has shown highly effective on individuals who are shame prone and suffer from intense self-critical thoughts. There are also a growing evidence-base for its effectiveness on complex PTSD.