Compassionate mind training course

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.

Group Therapy

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

This course is open to everyone. It can benefit anyone who is looking to develop a more supportive relationship to themselves.
  • 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
It costs £1000 for the full 8-week course.

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Dr Elena Touroni

Dr Elena Touroni is a skilled and experienced consultant psychologist with a track record of delivering high-quality services for individuals with all common emotional difficulties and those with a diagnosis of personality disorder. She is experienced in service design and delivery, the management of multi-disciplinary teams, organisational consultancy, and development and delivery of both national and bespoke training to providers in the statutory and non-statutory sector.

Having obtained a first degree in Psychology (BSc) at the American College of Greece, she completed her doctoral training at the University of Surrey. Dr Touroni is highly experienced in the assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, substance misuse, personality disorder, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, adjustment disorder and relationship difficulties. She works with both individuals and couples and can offer therapy in English and Greek.

Dr Touroni has held a variety of clinical and managerial positions including as Head of Service in the NHS. Further she has held academic positions for the University of Surrey and the Institute of Mental Health lecturing on specialist postgraduate Masters and Doctorate programmes.

She is trained in several specialist therapeutic approaches such as schema therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based approaches and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). As well as holding a variety of NHS positions, Dr. Touroni is the co-founder of a private practice in Central London that has been a provider of psychological therapy for all common emotional difficulties including personality disorder since 2002. She is the founder and one of two directors of The Chelsea Psychology Clinic.