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

July 04 - 06, 2016
MSC for ACT Therapists
details to be announced
Winterthur, Switzerland

August 22 - 29, 2016
MSC Teacher Training
details to be announced
Training to become a MSC teacher, with Seogwangsnim and Steve Hickman

September 01 - 07, 2016
MSC Teacher Training
details to be announced
Training to become a MSC Teacher, with Hailan Guo and Michelle Becker

September 17 - 22, 2016
Mindful Self-Compassion
Arbor Seminare
Feldberg bei Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg
5 day intensive MSC with Lienhard Valentin

September 23 - 25, 2016
Compassion Conference
Arbor Seminare
Merzhausen near Freiburg, Germany
Lectures and workshops

September 26, 2016
Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy
Arbor Seminare
Freiburg, Germany
Daylong workshop with Ron Siegel, PsyD

October 02 - 07, 2016
Mindful Self-Compassion for Men
Elohee Center, Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Faculty: Christopher Germer, PhD, Steve Hickman, Psy.D. & Daniel Ellenberg, Ph.D.

October 14 - 15, 2016
MSC Core Skills Training
sponsored by FACES
Seattle, Washington
details to be announced
2-day intensive

October 20 - 23, 2016
MSC Teacher Training
sponsored by Centrum voor Mindfulness and UCSD
Amsterdam, Netherlands
details to be announced
Training to become a MSC Teacher

Meditation Downloads
Now available

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

Updated Lit Review

Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

Center for Mindful Self-Compassion
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Latest Publication

Christopher Germer Mindfulness and Psychotherapy
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Supporting Self-Compassion

Christopher Germer Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

Self-Compassion It bracelets.
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Self-Compassion with Kristin Neff & Brené Brown
Course opens May 16, 2016
with Dr. Kristin Neff & Dr. Brené Brown

This four-lesson online workshop provides valuable tools that can help you integrate self-compassion into your daily life.
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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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Compassion in Practice:
Achieving Better Outcomes by Maximizing Communication, Relationships and Resilience

October 28 - 29, 2016
Marriott Long Wharf, Boston, Massachusetts

This course will enable you to develop a sophisticated and deep understanding of the science and art of compassion and is designed to equip you with knowledge and solid skills to practice compassion with patients, families and colleagues.
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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