For Compassionate Relief

For Compassionate Relief

Speak to yourself kindly: Lessons from Compassion-Focused Therapy

Tzu Chi Center  |  August 19, 2022
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As children we are often taught to be kind to others, but rarely how to be kind to ourselves. Dr. Paul Gilbert has developed an innovative practice to teach those with a harsh inner critic how to appreciate and honor themselves. 

We are honored to welcome Dr. Gilbert. As the founder of Compassion Focused Therapy, Dr. Gilbert teaches his patients how to speak to themselves with empathy and understanding, because as Master Cheng Yen says “a compassionate heart is able to forgive, be patient, and express tolerance and love.”

Learn how to transform the way you feel about yourself by changing the way you talk to yourself with Dr. Gilbert for this episode of C.A.F.E. 229.

About Dr. Paul Gilbert

Paul Gilbert, FBPsS, Ph.D., OBE is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and, until his retirement from the NHS in 2016, was Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Derbyshire Health Care Foundation Trust. He has researched evolutionary approaches to psychopathology for over 40 years with a special focus on the roles of mood, shame, and self-criticism in various mental health difficulties for which Compassion Focused Therapy was developed. 

He was made a Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 1993. In 2003 Paul was president of the British Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapy. 2002-2004 he was a member of the first British Governments’ NICE guidelines for depression. He has written/edited 21 books and over 200 papers. 

In 2006 he established the Compassionate Mind Foundation as an international charity with the mission statement: “To promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion” .

On leaving the health service in 2016 he established the Center for Compassion Research, at the University of Derby and has been awarded honorary professorships at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, the University of Coimbra in Portugal, and the University of Queensland in Australia. He has written and edited many books on psychology, therapy, and compassion. His latest book is Living Like Crazy.

He was awarded an OBE by the Queen in March 2011 for services to mental health.

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