Compassion and Mentalization: Complementary, overlapping or opposed?

Date: 2 May, 2020

Time: 9.00am – 4.45pm

Venue: University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6XA

Organised by: University College London Psychoanalysis Unit


A one-day conference chaired by Professor Steve Pilling

UCL Psychoanalysis Unit will host a ground-breaking event that will compare and contrast two major therapeutic approaches: Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT, led by Professor Paul Gilbert and Dr Deborah Lee), and Mentalization Based Therapy(MBT, led by Professor Peter Fonagy and Professor Patrick Luyten). To discover more about mentalization, please see this article, or listen to this interview. Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) was founded and developed by Professor Paul Gilbert. Having written more than 20 books on the subject, he also established the Compassionate Mind Foundation that promotes wellbeing through facilitating the scientific understanding and application of compassion.

During the event, the theories underpinning the two treatment approaches will be explored and their key principles will be outlined.  An exploration of the mutually enriching potential of the two perspectives will follow.  There will be ample time for discussion and opportunities to identify differences as well as overlaps between the two approaches.

Visit the UCL Psychoanalysis Unit website for more details and to book.