20. An Introduction to Compassion-Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders (CFT-E)

  1. John R. E. Fox2 and
  2. Ken P. Goss3
  1. Ken Goss3 and
  2. Steven Allan1

Published Online: 3 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118328910.ch20

Eating and its Disorders

Eating and its Disorders

How to Cite

Goss, K. and Allan, S. (2012) An Introduction to Compassion-Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders (CFT-E), in Eating and its Disorders (eds J. R. E. Fox and K. P. Goss), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118328910.ch20

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Division of Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester, UK

  2. 3

    Coventry Eating Disorders Service, United Kingdom

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Leicester, UK

  2. 3

    Coventry Eating Disorders Service, United Kingdom

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 9 OCT 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470683545

Online ISBN: 9781118328910

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Keywords:

  • CFT-E Treatment;
  • compassion-focused therapy for eating disorders (CFT-E);
  • eating disorders (EDs)

Summary

Compassion-focused therapy for eating disorders (CFT-E) was developed out of research exploring the aetiological, maintenance and relapse risk factors associated with eating disorders (EDs). It is built upon the relatively new development of CFT to address shame and/or self-criticism in a range of disorders, particularly depression. There are two core assumptions of CFT-E: (i) eating-disordered clients share transdiagnostic psychological processes; and (ii) biological starvation must be addressed during treatment. CFT-E offers a structured approach to helping clients gain control of their chaotic eating patterns and to address the behavioural and cognitive processes that underlie them. The CFT-E treatment programme is divided into four distinct phases, namely, psychoeducation and motivational enhancement, developing self-compassion skills, recovery and maintenance.