Soothing the injured brain with a compassionate mind: Building the case for compassion focused therapy following acquired brain injury

Ashworth, Fiona E. (2014) Soothing the injured brain with a compassionate mind: Building the case for compassion focused therapy following acquired brain injury. Neuro-Disability and Psychotherapy, 2 (1/2). pp. 41-79. ISSN 2052-1790

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429466618

Abstract

This chapter provides an overview for the rationale of using compassion focused therapy (CFT) to ameliorate psychological distress following acquired brain injury (ABI). It focuses on shame and self-criticism in association with psychological distress and treatment. The chapter also provides an introduction to CFT including the key components of the approach and the evidence base. It describes special considerations for CFT following ABI. The chapter also describes a case example of applying CFT following ABI. The trend to do research in the area of self-criticism and shame in non-brain injured mental health populations is relatively, and unsurprisingly research of this type post-ABI is sparse. Self-criticism may be a process that narrows an individual's ability to be open and explore their own feelings as they lack social safeness and may feel ashamed. Shame plays a central role in CFT; it is linked to the fact that humans want to create positive feelings about the self in the mind of others.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Special Double Issue: Accepting, Soothing, and Stilling Cluttered and Critical Minds in Neurological Conditions: Therapeutic Approaches Influenced by Eastern Traditions.
Keywords: brain injury, stroke, self-criticism, shame, compassion focused therapy
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Science & Technology (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email fiona.ashworth@anglia.ac.uk
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2017 11:17
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2022 11:49
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/701940

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