Dennis Tirch, Ph.D. is the Founder of The Center for Compassion Focused Therapy, the first clinical training center for Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) in the United States, Past President of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS), and an Associate Clinical Professor at Icahn Medical School at Mount Sinai, New York. Described as one of the country’s foremost leaders in compassion training and evidence-based therapy, he is an internationally acknowledged expert therapist, supervisor and trainer in CFT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Buddhist Psychology (BP).
Dr. Tirch is the author of 6 books, some of which include: The ACT Practitioner’s Guide to The Science of Compassion, Buddhist Psychology and CBT, and Experiencing ACT from the Inside-Out. His work has been covered by numerous media outlets, including; The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New York Post, NPR, WIRED, and O Magazine. You can learn more about his unique approach to clinical psychology at www.mindfulcompassion.com, and follow him on Twitter at @DennisTirchPhD
In a sense, every form of psychotherapy aims to realize compassionate intentions. However, Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT; Gilbert, 2010) is distinct in the way that this approach targets compassion as an active psychotherapy process variable in assessment, case conceptualization, and interventions. CFT is based on an evolutionary model of motives and emotions, that recognizes the central importance of human affiliation and attachment dynamics in emotion regulation and optimal adaptive functioning.
From the moment we are born and throughout our lives, the presence of care, compassion, and love will affect us positively, on every level of our being, from our levels of anxiety and depression to our heart rate variability and immune system functioning. Drawing on applied research in compassion science, contextual behavioral science this discussion will examine how cultivating compassion for self and others relates to psychological flexibility, our ability to mindfully contact the present moment, and to pursue the realization of our values with wisdom, strength, and courage. Making these connections is one small step in our community process of moving beyond therapy labels, to develop process-based methods of alleviating and preventing human psychological suffering.
This episode is sponsored by our upcoming Day on Men’s Mental Health Online Conference taking place on 30th October, 2022.
In this online conference, we’ll explore:
— Improving Outcomes for Men in Therapy – Dr Nathan Beel
— Breaking the Secret Cycle of Anger, Shame and Depression – Terry Real
— The Work: Moving from Toxic to Evolved Masculinity – Eldra Jackson III
By attending live, you can interact with the speakers in the Q&A sessions, connect with like-minded participants during the conference, and get CPD certification.
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