An important component of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) are a set of body and mind training exercises. These are known as Compassionate Mind Training, or CMT for short.
These exercises have been extensively researched, with a number of consistent benefits being found when people use them. This includes:
– Reductions in shame, self-criticism, feelings of inferiority, anxiety, depression and stress
– Increases in compassion for others, self-compassion, positive emotions, wellbeing
When first using these exercises in sessions, it can be helpful to use a guide or script to support the exercise itself, but also your confidence in using it with the person you’re working with. After time, the CMT script becomes easier to remember, but until then, use these to guide you.
You’ll find a number of Compassionate Mind Training Scripts on this page to support you in your work. All of the CMT scripts are also downloadable.