I offer an 8-week Compassionate Mind Training and a one-off session Introduction to Compassionate Mind Training, which are based on Compassion Focused Therapy, developed by Professor Paul Gilbert OBE. They are aimed at anyone who experiences self-criticism, shame, self-dislike or who finds it difficult to calm themselves when distressed.
8-Week Compassionate Mind Training
Dates TBC for next course
Exeter Community Centre (or Zoom depending on Covid situation)
What is Compassion?
“…a sensitivity to the suffering of self and others, with a deep commitment to try to relieve it”
Compassion involves having an awareness of, and empathy for, suffering, while at the same time having a strong desire to alleviate it. This can be directed towards others, which often we find much easier, or it can be self-compassion. It involves qualities of warmth and kindness, but also requires wisdom and strength.
To read more about Compassionate Mind Training, please see my article on What are Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Compassionate Mind Training (CMT)?
Why do we need to develop compassion?
Many of us will be prone to self-criticism due to our past experiences in life where perhaps other people have been critical or unkind towards us. Sometimes we may think that this self-criticism is helpful or even necessary to motivate us to achieve what we want in life. However, often it just leaves us with a poor sense of self-esteem and/or self-worth and at greater risk of experiencing low mood and/or anxiety. Developing compassion lessens self-criticism and helps us to be more accepting of ourselves and any perceived shortcomings, which in turn can alleviate low mood and anxiety as well improve self-worth. It can also help ease the impact of trauma through reducing shame.
To learn more about why it’s important to develop compassion, you can view this short video of Professor Gilbert (then Doctor Gilbert) being interviewed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kF7FRy0_xs.
What are the benefits of attending Compassionate Mind Training?
Here are some of the benefits previous attendees of Compassionate Mind Training with me have reported in feedback given at the end of courses:
“There would be too many to list them all but to name a few: better quality of life, more confidence, a sense of self, contentedness, reduction of worries and feelings of safety in uncertainty.”
“I’m more able to let unpleasant thoughts pass by and continue on with my day by compassionately catching myself as I start to go down an emotional rabbit hole.”
“I feel more compassionate and less self-critical of myself and my circumstances. When I am feeling low I am more kind and patient with myself. I am less anxious about life and work, and am more able to put things into perspective.”
What does this course include?
This course includes:
- 8 (1.5 hour) sessions involving participation in a range of guided compassionate imagery practices and other exercises for developing the compassionate mind
- Exploration of experiences within the practices to provide support with any difficulties encountered
- A 20-30 minute phone or video Orientation Call before the course to discuss what it involves in more depth, what you hope to gain from it and to decide together whether the course will suit you and if this a good time for you to undertake it.
- A handout for each session detailing the key points and including any worksheets
- Guided audio recordings in electronic format so you can easily have them on your phone or any portable audio device
- Email and/or telephone support between sessions as needed
- A 20-30 minute phone or video call on completion of the course to review progress (optional)
- Lifetime access to my Compassionate Mind Development Community on Facebook where you can ask questions and receive ongoing support once the course has finished (optional)
I have attended several training events in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) taught by Professor Paul Gilbert himself and am an experienced facilitator of Compassionate Mind courses.
How much does it cost to do this course?
I am committed to offering Compassionate Mind Training at an affordable rate and so am currently trialing offering them on a partially donation basis. The minimum charge for the course is £95 to cover costs, which is payable at the time of booking. You will then be invited to give an additional contribution on completion of the course. The suggested additional contribution is a further £50 for those who can afford it, but the exact amount you choose to give is at your discretion. You are encouraged to give what you feel the course has been worth for you, where you can, so that this can be a sustainable initiative.
How do I book a place on the course?
You are very welcome to contact me if you have any questions or you can arrange the initial complementary phone or video Orientation Call by completing the form that the button below takes you to.
When will the next course be running?
It is hoped that it will be possible to offer another course in the autumn. If you would like to be notified of dates for future courses, then please sign up to the mailing list below. By entering your details here, they will only be used to notify you of future services and occasional offers available from this website. Please see the Privacy Notice in the footer for further information.
An Introduction to Compassionate Mind Training
Next date TBC
Exeter Community Centre (or Zoom depending on Covid situation)
This session offers an introduction to how we can start to develop a more compassionate mind and what attending the 8-week course would involve. You will have the opportunity to try some compassion practices and there will be discussion around how being less self-critical and kinder to ourselves is supportive of wellbeing.
The minimum charge for this session is £5 to cover costs, which is payable at the time of booking. You will then be invited to give an additional contribution at the end of the session. The suggested additional contribution is a further £5 for those who can afford it, but the exact amount you choose to give is at your discretion. You are encouraged to give what you feel the session has been worth for you, where you can, so that this can be a sustainable initiative.
Please contact me if you have any questions or you can reserve a place by completing the form that the button below takes you to.