In episode 67 of the podcast I interviewed Professor Paul Gilbert. Paul is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby. Through his research he created compassion focused therapy (CFT). He has written and edited 20 books and established the Compassionate Mind Foundation in 2006. He was awarded an OBE in March 2011.

Professor Paul Gilbert

I had a fun and insightful chat with Paul about Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), using breathing to tone down anxiety, how compassion can help ERP, Mindfulness and compassion exercises. Enjoy!

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Show notes:

Paul’s story (4:10)

Using compassion to help ERP (8:10)

What is compassion? (10:30)

Increasing the compassionate voice (12:30)

Mindfulness and exercises (16:00)

Breaking the thought loop (20:50)

Exercises for building compassion (23:40)

The elevator question (29:30)

Paul’s advice for living an amazing life (32:00)

The billboard question (35:00)

Find out more about Paul:

The Compassionate Mind Foundation –

Paul’s books >


Professor David Veale



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