Compassion Focused Therapy Books

Although technology may have advanced a lot, reading is still a powerful way to learn, reflect and develop ourselves. Added to this, there’s lots of evidence that reading – for example, self-help books – can lead to a variety of positive changes in life

At Balanced Minds, we’re big believers in B&B – blogs and books! Take a look to find out more about some of the Compassion Focused Therapy books our team have helped to produce, alongside some other key readings in the compassion literature. 

Compassion Focused Therapy Books - What We've Published

The Compassionate Mind Workbook

This book was written for anyone interested in learning about Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), and developing greater self-compassion. It’s therefore helpful for the general public, clients who are seeing a therapist for CFT, or therapists who are interested in learning more about CFT.

Relating to Voices using Compassion Focused Therapy

Relating to Voices is a self-help book for people who hear voices, to develop a more compassionate understanding and relationship with their voices. The Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) approach suggests that we can learn to relate to both voices and ourselves in a way that is less about conflict and more about cooperation.

The Compassionate Mind Approach to Difficult Emotions

This book is useful for anyone who is interested in how Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) can help to manage and work with difficult emotions, such as anger, anxiety and shame. It can help to develop a broad range of emotion regulation strategies, including mindfulness, emotion labelling, acceptance and self-compassion.

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) from the Inside out

This book is useful for any clinician or practitioner who would like to learn about the theory, exercises and application of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) through self-reflection and self-practice (so learning from ‘the inside out’).



Managing Stress

University life can be hard, and involve all sorts of stressors – meeting new friends, living away from home for the first time, financial problems, work pressure and exam stress. This book outlines ideas about how and why we struggle with this, and a variety of ideas to manage stress in a healthy and helpful way. It incorporates ideas from Compassion Focused Therapy, and helps students to learn how to become more compassionate with themselves.


Depression is the most common of mental health problems. This book was written for anyone interested in studying and learning about depression, including college and university students, along with academics and clinicians.



For those interested in CFT, we’d also recommend the following Compassion Focused Therapy books

Other compassion based books:

If you’re interested in developing your skills in self-compassion further take a look at our Self-Compassion App, our online Self-Compassion Courses, or organise to meet with one of our compassion-focused therapists