Benefits of Compassion in Psychotherapy

Summer of Peace 2016 > Inner Peace > Compassion in Action
Broadcast on July 14, 2016
With Professor Paul Gilbert

The focus of the talk will be how compassion focused therapy began and how it is now developed. We will explore the evolutionary and motivational basis for compassion and how it organizes the mind. We'll discuss insights into the scientific and evolutionary model of compassion. And, we'll talk about overcoming common fears of compassion whereby we are able to be compassionate to others, open to the compassion from others, and give compassionately to ourselves. 

Professor Paul Gilbert

Paul Gilbert, FBPsS, PhD, OBE
Paul Gilbert, FBPsS, PhD, OBE is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Derbyshire Health Care Foundation Trust. He has researched evolutionary approaches to psychopathology for over 35 years with a special focus on shame and the treatment of shame based difficulties - for which compassion focused therapy was developed. He was made a Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 1993. In 2003 Paul was president of the BABCP and a member of the first British Governments’ NICE guidelines for depression. He has written/edited 20 books and over 200 papers. In 2006 he established the Compassionate Mind Foundation, a charity with the mission statement “to promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion” ( He was awarded an OBE in March 2011.