Christopher Germer, Mindful Self-Compassion

Mindful self-compassion is the foundation of emotional healing—being aware in the present moment when we're struggling with feelings of inadequacy, despair, confusion, and other forms of stress (mindfulness) and responding with kindness and understanding (self-compassion). Mindful self-compassion also means holding difficult emotions—fear, anger, sadness, shame and self-doubt—and ourselves, in loving awareness, leading to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

Mindful self-compassion can be learned by anyone. It’s the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves especially when we’re suffering—cultivating the same desire that all living beings have to live happily and free from suffering.

Christopher Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts, specializing in mindfulness and compassion-based psychotherapy. He is a founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice. Dr. Germer lectures and conducts workshops internationally on the art and science of mindful self-compassion.

Featured Workshops

April 10 - 13, 2014
MSC Core Skills Training
Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Weekend workshop.

April 24 - 26, 2014
MSC Core Skills for Professionals
Hotel Park, Weggis, Switzerland
3-day workshop

April 28, 2014
Self-Compassion in Daily Life
Munich, Germany
Evening Seminar

April 29 - May 04, 2014
MSC Training for Professionals
Arbor Seminare, Munich, Germany
5-day intensive, with Christine Brähler.

May 09 - 10, 2014
Positive Psychotherapy
Harvard Medical School / CHA Conference
Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts

May 15 - 17, 2014
Self-Compassion in Clinical Practice
FACES Conference, Washington, DC

May 31, 2014
Mindfulness, Compassion, and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Converging Paths
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts
Day long program, with Robert Waldinger, MD and more

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Suggested Readings

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Compassion. Bridging Practice
and Science

By Tania Singer and Matthias Bolz
Free eBook on compassion.
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Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy
Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice

Author, Christopher Germer, PhD
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Christopher Germer Clinical Psychologist
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion
Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions

Author, Christopher Germer, PhD
Available at Guilford Press
Stop Beating Yourself Up and
Leave Insecurity Behind

Author, Kristin Neff, PhD
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