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

March 30 - 31, 2017
MSC Core Skills Training
Parkville, Vic, Australia
2 day intensive with Kathleen Cator

April 02 - 08, 2017
MSC Teacher Training
Training to become a MSC Teacher

April 22, 2017
MSC for Chronic Pain
Center for Mindfulness and Compassion
Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School
1 day workshop with Susan Pollak

April 28 - 29, 2017
Harvard Meditation and Psychotherapy Conference
Harvard Medical School
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Boston, MA

May 06 - 07, 2017
MSC Core Skills Training
Stockholm, Sweden
2 day workshop

May 09 - 14, 2017
Mindful Self-Compassion
Skógar, Iceland
5-day Intensive, with Christine Braehler

May 19 - 21, 2017
MSC Core Skills Training
Kripalu Center
Stockbridge, MA
2-day intensive

June 02, 2017
Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy
William James College
Newton, MA
Daylong workshop

June 18 - 23, 2017
Mindful Self-Compassion
sponsored by Center for MSC
Santa Cruz area, CA
5 day intensive with Michelle Becker

Meditation Downloads
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MSC Program
Outcome Study (pdf)
Clinical Revew (pdf)

Updated Lit Review

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Christopher Germer Mindfulness and Psychotherapy
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Supporting Self-Compassion

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2-Day MSC Core Skills
Training Events Around the United States
with Christopher Germer, Ph.D. and Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

January 27-28, 2017, Chapel Hill, NC
March 3-4, 2017, Grand Rapids, MI
October 6-7, 2017, Washington D.C.

Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff have brought their respective experience together in the empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program and are providing a series of in-depth opportunities for people to immerse themselves in some of the key practices and exercises of the full 8-week program in an intensive 2-day format.
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5-Day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive:
with Christopher Germer and Christine Braehler

May 9 - 14 2017
Drangshlid, Iceland

This offering is an intensive version of the empirically-supported 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program designed to cultivate the skill 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