Compassion-Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders

Compassion-Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders

About this event

People with eating and body-image concerns generally experience high levels of self-criticism, self-directed hostility and shame. Furthermore, these individuals tend to have difficulties generating and activating affiliative and self-soothing emotions.

Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) was developed specifically to addresses these issues in presentations resistant to standard treatment approaches. Since then, CFT for eating disorders (CFT-E) has been designed to incorporate compassion-focused strategies into standard eating disorder treatment approaches.This workshop will describe

(a) the theoretical rationale for a compassion-focused approach as part of eating disorder treatment

(b) the adaptation and incorporation of CFT-E within standard eating disorder therapies

(c) a review of the current evidence-base for CFT-E, and

(d) the use of CFT-E in clinical practice across the spectrum and various modes of inpatient-and community-based services.

Learning Objectives
By the end of the workshops, participants will:
1. Possess an understanding of the foundations and principals of Compassion Focused Therapy
2. Develop a CFT formulation of clients’ eating and weight concerns.
3. Integrate a CFT approach into current treatment modalities.

​​Dr. Kiera Buchanan is the founding director of Centre for Integrative Health as well as a Clinical Psychologist and Health Psychologist. Kiera has extensive research and clinical experience in the field of eating and weight concerns, having published papers, presented at conferences, and delivered training workshops for health professionals in the field. Her passion and dedication to the field is demonstrated through her positions on a number of state and national-wide committees including the Queensland State-Wide Eating Disorder Advisory Group and the Australian & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders. 

  • Melbourne: June 27
    Punthill Little Bourke 11-17 Cohen Place, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
  • Sydney: September 18
    The Little Space CoWorking & Event Space. 3/384 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction NSW 2022
  • Brisbane: October 31
    Punt Hill Hotel 40 Astor Terrace, Spring Hill, Queensland, 4000


An introductory understanding of eating disorders and of CBT-E is assumed.

Contact Details

Person: Dr. Kiera Buchanan

Phone: 07 3161 0845



Dr Kiera Buchanan Clinical Director, Clinical Psychologist, Centre for Integrative Health

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