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. And as the Dalai Lama says, self-compassion is the first step toward compassion for others.

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

February 10, 2016
The Power of Self-Compassion
Reykjavík, Iceland
Daylong Workshop
Details TBA

February 19 - 24, 2016
Mindful Self-Compassion
Arbor Seminare, Mattli Antoniushaus
Morschach, Switzerland
5 day intensive with Regula Saner

March 05 - 06, 2016
Integrating IFS and MSC: Exploring the Depth and Breadth of Compassion
Harvard College Student Organization Center at Hilles, Cambridge, MA
2-day conference, with Dick Schwartz and Susan Pollak

April 08 - 10, 2016
MSC Core Skills Training
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
Stockbridge, MA
2-day intensive

April 26 - May 02, 2016
MSC Teacher Training
Spain (location to be announced)
Training to become a MSC Teacher

May 06 - 07, 2016
Harvard Meditation and Psychotherapy Conference
Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Boston, Massachusetts
10th annual conference,
co-directed with Judy Reiner-Platt and Ron Siegel
Details TBA

May 22 - 28, 2016
MSC Teacher Training
Sponsored by UCSD Center for Mindfulness
St. Benedict’s Retreat Center
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Training to become a MSC Teacher

May 30 - June 04, 2016
Mindful Self-Compassion
Applied Mindfulness Program
University of Toronto, Canada
5 day intensive with Lynette Montiero

June 11 - 16, 2016
Mindful Self-Compassion
Shambhala Retreat Center
Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
5 day intensive with Kristin Neff

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Mindful Self-Compassion for Men
Elohee Center, Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia, October 2-7, 2016
with Christopher Germer, PhD, Steve Hickman, PsyD & Daniel Ellenberg, PhD

This program, designed specifically for men, is an intensive version of the empirically-supported, 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training. MSC was developed by Christopher Germer, clinical psychologist, and Kristin Neff, a pioneer in the scientific study of self-compassion.
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Psychotherapy Networker:
Self-Compassion Issue

The latest issue of Psychotherapy Networker is dedicated to exploring self-compassion and clinical applications. Find the full online version of Psychotherapy Networker here.



Suggested Readings

Christopher Germer Mindfulness and Psychotherapy Christopher Germer Clinical Psychologist
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
Available at Guilford Press or
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
Available at