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Let's Talk About CBT

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: what is it, what is it not and how can it be useful? 


Sep 20, 2018

This episode of BABCP’s Let’s Talk About CBT is all about Compassion Focussed Therapy, or CFT, one of the wider family of CBTs. Professor Paul Gilbert and Chris Winson talk to Dr Lucy Maddox about what CFT is, how it can be helpful, and what it feels like to experience the therapy.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, or about Compassion Focussed Therapy here are some resources:

Websites is the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies website and it links to the CBT register of accredited CBT therapists in the UK (or go straight to BABCP also has a Compassion special interest groups which members can join. is the website of the Compassionate Mind Foundation. is Chris Winson's blog. 

On Twitter, the hashtag #365daysofcompassion was created by Chris and connects you to other people using principles from CFT to help with everyday life. 


Gilbert, P. (2010). Compassion focused therapy: Distinctive features. Routledge. 

Welford, M. (2016). Compassion focused therapy for dummies. John Wiley & Sons.

Irons, C., & Beaumont, E. (2017). The Compassionate Mind Workbook: A step-by-step guide to developing your compassionate self. Robinson. 

Welford, M. (2012). The Compassionate Mind Approach to Building Self-confidence Using Compassion Focused Therapy. Constable & Robinson.


Gilbert, P. (2014). The origins and nature of compassion focused therapy. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 53(1), 6-41.

Gilbert, P. (2015). Affiliative and prosocial motives and emotions in mental health. Dialogues in clinical neuroscience, 17(4), 381.