Self-compassion is an essential component of living a happy, healthy life and yet many of us talk to ourselves in a way we’d never dream of talking to a friend. Self-criticism and shame are closely tied to different mental health difficulties and can leave us feeling “trapped” in unhelpful cycles of thoughts and behaviours.
Based on compassion-focused therapy (CFT), the aim of this course is to promote healing by increasing compassion, both towards yourself and others.
Key themes covered in the course
In this course, you will:
- Learn what compassion is and what it isn’t
- Explore the three flows of compassion: for others, from others and for self
- Experience the role of mindfulness in compassion
- Use body based practises to slow and soothe the mind and body
- Use imagery to cultivate feelings of calmness and safeness
- Develop an image of your ideal compassionate other
- Develop, practice and embody your compassionate self
- Bring your compassionate self to your daily life, acting in helpful ways to yourself and others, being with difficult emotions, and finding ways to thrive.
This is a skills-based development course rather than a therapy group. While this is a space to share ideas and reflections on the topics covered, there is no requirement to discuss your personal life or circumstances.
Compassionate mind training course - what to expect
This course includes taught content and over 20 different experiential practices/exercises to help you develop your “compassionate mind”.
Each session builds on the content of the previous weeks, with the goal that you leave with a toolkit to draw on in your everyday life.
You’ll be given reading material as well as unlimited access to audio recordings to support your home practice.
Frequently asked questions
- To commit to attend all 8 sessions in order to gain most learning and positive benefits
- A willingness to engage in home practises and tasks