Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)
MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing.
Mindfulness & Compassion in Psychotherapy
Mindfulness and compassion are a powerful combination that allow us to live our lives more fully and happily.
Dr. Germer maintains a small, online, private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts specializing in mindfulness and compassion-based psychotherapy.
Books, articles and other publications.
Feel free to download the following meditations for your personal use. They are intended to guide you through the first phase of mindful self-compassion training. The meditations are primarily instructional in nature and briefer than most meditation sessions. Please use the downloads until you understand the practices and can practice on your own.
Recordings and instructions
What is Mindful Self-Compassion?
Developed by Christopher K. Germer, PhD, leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy, and Kristin Neff, PhD, pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion. MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience.
MSC 8-Week Course (In person)
MSC is offered once a week for eight week and includes a half-day silent retreat.
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Live Online MSC
This 8-week MSC course contains the same content and has the same learning objectives as the in-person course, however we offer it online to increase access to those who live in areas where an in-person MSC is not offered.
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MSC Intensive Course
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2-Day Core Skills Workshop
This workshop is an in-depth opportunity 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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MSC Teacher Training
This 6-day, residential program is facilitated by a team of senior MSC teachers. Half of the training is a condensed, experiential review of the MSC program, integrating short talks, meditation, group exercises, discussion, and periods of silence. The other half of the program focuses on how to teach the core themes and skills of each session in simulated, guided, small groups. Participants will be provided with the essential materials to teach the 8-week form of MSC.
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Chris spends most of his time lecturing and leading workshops around the world on mindfulness and self-compassion. He is also the author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion; he co-edited two influential volumes on therapy, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy. Dr. Germer maintains a small, online, private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts specializing in mindfulness and compassion-based psychotherapy.
Books, articles, and other publications
The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive
This science-based workbook offers a step-by-step approach to breaking free of harsh self-judgments and impossible standards in order to cultivate emotional well-being.