Compassion Focused Therapy for Distressing Experiences
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02733575|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 11, 2016
Last Update Posted : March 15, 2019
This study aims to develop and test the feasibility of a new therapy called Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) for psychosis. This therapy helps people with psychosis manage distressing experiences by building internal feelings of safeness and affiliation, and by providing contexts, practices and insights that facilitate the development of compassion to self and others. The focus is on helping people feel safe in relation to their experiences and their social worlds. CFT is a promising new approach that has been successfully provided for people with a range of mental health difficulties. It is also firmly based in the most up-to-date knowledge and science about how the mind works (both normally and under stress).
9 participants will be recruited from NHS psychological therapies services for people with psychosis in South London and Maudsley (SLAM) NHS Foundation Trust. Following a short baseline period they will receive up to 26 weekly sessions (about 6 months) of CFT with a clinical psychologist, and will provide interview and questionnaire research data at five different points during the study. At these assessment points, data will be gathered on participants' experiences, mood, perceptions of their position in the social world, and heart rate variability.
The initial therapy protocol has been developed by psychologists with expertise in CFT, alongside people with lived experience of hearing voices and having distressing beliefs. However, it will continue to be developed and evolve as the study progresses, and as more is learnt (e.g. from the service-user participants) about applying the model in this population. At the end of this study, the aim is to have all the information needed to run a randomised controlled trial of this therapy.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Psychosis||Other: Compassion Focused Therapy||Not Applicable|
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||9 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Single Group Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||A Case Series Study of Compassion Focused Therapy for Distressing Experiences|
|Study Start Date :||September 2015|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||January 8, 2019|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||January 8, 2019|
Compassion Focused Therapy
Other: Compassion Focused Therapy
Up to 26 sessions of Compassion Focused Therapy
- Attrition rate measured by number dropping out of therapy [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
- Psychotic symptoms measured by PSYRATS [ Time Frame: Over 6 months of therapy, and 6-8 weeks post-therapy ]Measured by PSYRATS (Psychotic Symptom Rating Scales)
- Depression and anxiety symptoms measured by DASS-21 [ Time Frame: Over 6 months of therapy, and 6-8 weeks post-therapy ]Measured by DASS-21 (Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale)
- Subjective wellbeing, symptoms, functioning, and risk/harm measured by CORE [ Time Frame: Over 6 months of therapy, and 6-8 weeks post-therapy ]Measured by CORE (Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation)
- Dissociative experiences measured by DES-II [ Time Frame: Over 6 months of therapy, and 6-8 weeks post-therapy ]Measured by DES-II (Dissociative Experiences Scale)
To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02733575
|South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust|
|London, United Kingdom|
|Principal Investigator:||Charlie Heriot-Maitland, DClinPsych||King's College London|