- CFT Essentials (Compassion-Focused Therapy) -

24 modules


Dr William Davies



Compassion Focused Therapy provides an important new perspective on the therapeutic process. Of course therapists endeavour to be compassionate towards their patients, but compassion focused therapy is more about teaching patients to be compassionate towards themselves. This involves the therapist understanding the tug of war that takes place between the different systems and sections of the brain; understanding that everybody has competing fears, fantasies, ambitions, rules for how they should be, and so on. Such an understanding of what takes place in the brain enables people to take a more compassionate view of how they think, feel and behave as different times, and to move forward to overcome specific problems, whether this problems are of depression, anxiety, irritability, impulsiveness, or any other.

Therefore what this course does is threefold: (A) it teaches the understanding of what happens in the brain, so that people can treat themselves with more constructive compassion, (B) it highlights techniques that therapists may already be familiar with, which chime with compassion focused thinking, and (C) it teaches further techniques the therapist can use to be in line with this approach.

The APT has mastered the delivery of CFT training 'online anytime'; providing top class training you can access right now or any time that suits you. No longer do you have to wait for 'the start date' of the course.

"I really enjoyed the course and feel that I have learnt a lot and feel enthusiastic about using my newly acquired skills within my practice."

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) training from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), includes APT accreditation, certification, and resources. And the APT has perfected the art of delivering it in a way that makes it appear simple and easy to apply.

"Great training, really interesting and well structured."

With a wealth of clinical experience, Dr William Davies presents the course with relevant stories and examples of using CFT and an engaging lightness which perfectly complements the radical nature of the therapy.


"I am delighted by this course. Dr Davies and his dry wit have been wonderful companions. Will buy and undertake others."

This course gives you a thorough introduction to CFT, it is APT-accredited, and gives you access to important resources for you to use post-course. Whether you simply want to broaden your knowledge or become a committed CFT practitioner, this course is for you. The course can be studied by teams or individuals and can also be completed as part of The APT Diploma in Psychological Therapies.

For further information on the format of APT online training, the APT’s guarantee to you, and how to make a group booking, click here.



To access the course straightaway, click ‘add to cart’ to purchase by card or PayPal. (If you are ordering the course for somebody else, or a group, create an account and select ‘Bulk Purchase’ once you have proceeded to cart.)

If you would like to be invoiced please click here (once the invoice has been paid or upon receipt of an official Purchase Order, we can then grant access to the course).


The CFT Essentials course covers a great deal:

  • The evolution of the brain: the old brain and the new brain, and their respective functions and interplay.
  • The three emotion regulation systems: Threat and protection; Drive and excitement; and Contentment, soothing and social safeness. What they are and how they interact.
  • Balancing the systems, and focusing on the social safeness/soothing system.
  • Achieving clarity on what compassion is. Caring, Sensitivity, Sympathy, being able to tolerate one's own Distress, Empathy, being non-judgmental.
  • The skills of compassion: the ability to show warmth, kindness and support in a range of situations. Compassionate attention, Compassionate reasoning, Compassionate behaviour, Compassionate imagery, and Compassionate feeling.
  • The importance of self-compassion: teaching clients to be compassionate.
  • Fear of compassion. Why some clients can be fearful of compassion, how this limits their behaviour to others, and how it affects themselves.
  • How therapy can – and maybe should - stimulate feelings of safeness, warmth and connectedness that have a direct soothing effect on the threat protection system.


What this course will do for you:

  • You will have the feeling of knowing what compassion - and compassion focused therapy – are all about, and understanding them.
  • You will be able to work in a straightforwardly compassionate way: in a way that will stimulate feelings of safeness, warmth and connectedness in patients.
  • You will feel - and be - more compassionate towards yourself.
  • You will feel more compassionate to other people - to understand and feel for the struggles – and successes - they have.
  • You will know how to instantly make what you already do more compassionate.
  • You will understand how people – including yourself – can be 'your own worst enemy'. And your own best friend.
  • You will be able to 'see things' in terms of the three emotion-regulation systems, and be soothed and excited by doing so.



Click ‘add to cart’ to purchase by card or PayPal. (If you are ordering for somebody else - or a group - create an account and select ‘Bulk Purchase’ once you have proceeded to cart.)

If you would like to be invoiced please email finance@apt.ac stating; the course title, how many places you require, your organisation's purchase order number, and the name and address for the invoice to be sent to.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate APT Accreditation, Level 2 (18 hours CPD)

Learning Credits

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What is Compassion and CFT?
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Multi Minds
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Affect Regulation: 3 Systems
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Accepting and Adapting
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Affiliation, warmth and affection
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Compassionate Self-correction
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Threat and Achievement
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The First Session or Two
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Case Formulation I
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Soothing and Balancing our Emotions
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Developing Pre-Existing Compassion
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Preparing and Training the Mind
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Introducing Imagery
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Compassionate Chair Work
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Developing the Compassionate Self
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Compassion Flowing In and Out
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Chair work II
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Case Formulation II
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The 6Ps formulation and the CFT formulation
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Applying CFT Reliably
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What have you earned by completing this course
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Added 4 days ago, by Bernadette
I have thoroughly enjoyed the course. I have done it rather quickly with the intention to do it again before taking the exam, and I will do so, even if I pass. I just couldn’t wait to do the exam. I love William’s method of teaching. I have completed ACT, already. I intend to do five courses and achieve the Diploma in psychological therapies. Looking forward to my third course already.
Added 10 days ago, by Anonymous
Really good course, helpful and well delivered. Would recommend to others.
Added 16 days ago, by Debbie
some very useful approaches now already using
Added 23 days ago, by Anonymous
Very informative
Added about 1 month ago, by Sarah
I found the course very useful. I used the techniques on myself which provided a greater understanding of applying it to clients. I liked the very attractive visual slides and the humour and explanations given by the course presenter.
Added about 1 month ago, by Alice
Very informative and relevant to my current practice. The exercises were helpful in allowing ongoing reflection and active learning.
Added about 1 month ago, by Holly
very good
Added about 1 month ago, by Anonymous
Very good course and enjoyed the exercises. i look forward to putting my learning in to practice.
Added about 2 months ago, by Martin
Very helpful to understand compassion in relation to therapeutic work.
Added about 2 months ago, by Anonymous
Great course! very insightful !

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