OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. It covers all evidence-based scientific studies on integrative, alternative and complementary approaches to improving health and wellness.

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Rapid publication: manuscripts are undertaken in 11.7 days from acceptance to publication (median values for papers published in this journal in the second half of 2021, 1-2 days of FREE language polishing time is also included in this period). A first decision provided to authors of manuscripts submitted to this journal are approximately 6.8 weeks (median values) after submission.

Current Issue: 2023  Archive: 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016

Special Issue

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) - New Insights and Outcomes

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2022 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Chris Irons, PhD

Clinical Psychologist & Director, Balanced Minds, UK; Visiting Lecturer, University College London (UCL), UK.

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Research interests: Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT); Compassionate Mind Training (CMT); self-compassion; self-criticism; shame; attachment

About This Topic

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) are rapidly growing approaches that show potential in reducing distress and suffering in both clinical and non-clinical populations. This special issue will showcase emerging CFT research and developments in the field of CFT. This will including those linked to measurement of compassion (and other common CFT measures, e.g. shame, self-criticism), understanding about the three flows of compassion (to others, from others, to self), the fears, blocks and resistances to compassion, the impact of compassionate mind training (CMT) exercises, user experience and reflections on CFT and CMT, along with outcome research of the changes reported following CMT and CFT sessions.

Publication

Open Access Research Article

Compassionate Mind Training Group Programme: Implementation and Evaluation within an NHS Physical Health & Rehabilitation Psychology Service

Received: 29 July 2022;  Published: 16 January 2023;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2301006

Abstract

There is increasing evidence for the effectiveness of brief, group-based compassionate mind training (CMT) in reducing shame and self-criticism, and increasing self-compassion. The current evaluation of an 8-week CMT group programme in an NHS Physical Health Psychology Service supports these findings. Based on a cross-diagnostic sample of [...]
Open Access Short Report

Compassion-Focused Therapy and People with Intellectual Disabilities: A Renewed Focus

Received: 06 March 2022;  Published: 04 January 2023;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2301002

Abstract

Compassion-Focused Therapy is an integrative therapeutic model with a wealth of evidence behind its efficacy. Its accessibility leads it to be a helpful therapeutic modality for the intellectual disability population. Its ability to aid the understanding of the person, us as clinicians, and the wider context around us give a depth of understan [...]
Open Access Opinion

The Way is in Training: Martial Arts-informed Compassionate Mind Training to enhance CFT Therapists’ Compassionate Competencies

Received: 31 July 2022;  Published: 04 January 2023;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2301001

Abstract

Traditional Martial Arts practice(s) can be construed as forms of fully embodied Compassionate Mind Training (CMT). Integration of these body-mind systems can be a powerful means to cultivate and entrain important therapist competencies in compassionate engagement and action. Through such training and personal practice, compassion-focused [...]
Open Access Original Research

Comparing People’s Experience of Therapy for Complex Trauma Across Three Modalities: Face-to-Face, Mixed, and Online

Received: 29 July 2022;  Published: 18 November 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2204051

Abstract

To compare client response to a 3-stage phased intervention for complex trauma, comparing (1) those who received face-to-face intervention with (2) those who received a hybrid of face-to-face moving mid-therapy to online intervention with (3) those who received online only. Comparing quantitative and qualitative outcome data from 3 consecutive [...]
Open Access Research Article

Evaluation of a Virtual Compassionate Living Group for Patients with Chronic Pain

Received: 26 May 2022;  Published: 14 November 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2204050

Abstract

Chronic pain affects around 28 million people in the UK. Those living with chronic pain can frequently experience internalised self-stigma and negative self-evaluations as a result of the pain itself and due to difficult life experiences. Previous research has found Compassion Focused Therapy to be effective for people living with long term [...]
Open Access Project Report

A Service Based Evaluation of Compassion Focused Group Therapy Within a Community Mental Health Team Setting

Received: 29 July 2022;  Published: 03 November 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2204048

Abstract

The current paper explores the impact of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) when delivered in a group setting to people with a range of diagnoses presenting to a Community Mental Health Team. In total five groups of 14 to 18 sessions were run with an average of five participants completing each group. A range of self-report measures examining [...]
Open Access Original Research

A Qualitative Study Exploring the Impact the Self-Compassion App Has on Levels of Compassion, Self-Criticism, and Wellbeing

Received: 25 May 2022;  Published: 26 September 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2203045

Abstract

Self-guided, smartphone apps may be helpful in reducing symptoms associated with psychological distress and may boost wellbeing, and levels of compassion. To our knowledge this is the first study to examine the impact a 28-day app based on Compassion Focused Therapy and Compassionate Mind Training has on participant’s levels of compassion [...]
Open Access Research Article

Examining the Psychometric Properties of the Compassionate Engagement and Action Scales (CEAS) in the UK General Population

Received: 06 July 2021;  Published: 07 September 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2203039

Abstract

Research has shown that compassion – whether to others, from others or to oneself – can be associated with improved well-being and mental health. Most measures to date focus on one of these flows of compassion, with only one recently published scale tracking all three. The [...]
Open Access Review

A Scoping Literature Review on Compassion-Focused Therapy for Individuals with Intellectual Disability

Received: 30 May 2022;  Published: 24 August 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2203037

Abstract

Individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) are at a higher risk of shame and self-criticism and tend to make downward social comparisons. Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) is commonly used to address these issues in the general population, however, information on the adaptability and effectiveness of CFT for individuals with ID is limited [...]
Open Access Research Article

Living Well with Illness: Evaluation of a Transdiagnostic Compassion-Focused Therapy Group for Long-Term Health Conditions

Received: 31 May 2022;  Published: 10 August 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2203035

Abstract

This study presents a mixed methods evaluation of a transdiagnostic Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) group intervention, for adults with long-term health conditions (LTHCs). It aims to assess whether group completion was associated with improved outcomes in mood, overall well-being and the extent of LTHC interference in confidence [...]
Open Access Original Research

Experiences of Patients With Hashimoto Thyroiditis Through the Lens of Compassion

Received: 09 January 2022;  Published: 12 July 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2203027

Abstract

Hashimoto thyroiditis (HT) is an autoimmune disease affecting mainly middle-aged women. Hormonal replacement is the most common therapy; however, it tackles only the functionality of the thyroid and not the autoimmunity components. Thus, patients experience persistent somatic and psychological symptoms, thereby affecting their quality of life [...]
Open Access Original Research

Compassion Focused Psychosexual Therapy for Women Who Experience Pain during Sex

Received: 16 October 2021;  Published: 14 April 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2202017

Abstract

Genito-Pelvic Pain Penetration Disorder (GPPPD) affects between eight and twenty percent of women. There is recent evidence that compassion focused therapy (CFT) can help those with general health conditions and persistent pain. This study aims to investigate application of CFT techniques to an existing psychosexual therapy group [...]
Open Access Research Article

Developing Self-Compassion Online: Assessing the Efficacy and Feasibility of a Brief Online Intervention

Received: 21 September 2021;  Published: 21 December 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2104056

Abstract

The aim of the study was to assess the efficacy and feasibility of a newly designed online self-compassion training programme for the general public. Two hundred and forty-nine participants were randomly assigned to have either immediate or delayed access to a four-week online self-compassion training programme. This programme was based on [...]
Open Access Original Research

‘A Way of Being in the World’: An Exploration of the Experience of Developing Self-Compassion through Online Training

Received: 21 September 2021;  Published: 23 November 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2104050

Abstract

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) has increasingly been shown to have a positive impact for people experiencing a range of difficulties, and online self-help formats could provide a way of increasing its accessibility and scalability. This study explored adult participants’ subjective experiences of engaging with online self-compassion traini [...]
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