Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) Series (3): Threat System understanding our fears and worries

Issued 8 February 2021


Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is a talking therapy that was originally developed by Paul Gilbert in the UK and is used in many countries around the world. Read more about CFT and St. Michael's House here

St. Michael's House Compassion Focused Therapy Project was developed by Dr Manus Moynihan (CAMHS-ID) and Dr Anita Hyland (CAMHS-ID/SAT) who are clinical psychologists in St. Michael's House.  These videos are developed for families, staff and service users.  We hope you find them useful, particularly during COVID-19 pandemic.

The "Threat System" is a way to understand some of the ways we our fears and worries can be activated for us. Here, we look at common responses to fear and worries, ways you can recognise "threat", and ideas to understand and manage these feelings.