The self-compassionate struggle

07495 061 545 07495 061 545
13th June 2022, 10.00am - 4.00pm
Counsellors and trainees

How do you or your clients respond to the notion of self-compassion? Do you embrace it – or struggle with it? Our experience has been that many clients, especially trauma survivors, really struggle with self-compassion as a concept – albeit they usually have lots for other people!

In this new workshop we will explore the concept of compassion and provide a practical guide for introducing compassion into your practice. The Self Compassionate Struggle is a workshop where we: 

  • delve into what compassion really is 
  • consider why our society makes it hard to embrace as a concept 
  • provide a practical guide for introducing compassion into your practice. 


Compassion is a bit of a buzz word at the moment – and for good reason – because there is a wealth of evidence to suggest that it is really effective in bringing about positive change. So if it's that simple and so effective why aren't we all using this more?

In this brand-new workshop, we will:

  • discover the very human struggle of rejecting something we don’t feel we deserve
  • explore the link between society's obsession with self-esteem and rejection of vulnerability 

As always this means that the workshop will be experiential as we ask you to look at your own barriers to self-compassion, and to also experience a number of self-compassion exercises that you can use in your client work.  So not only is it useful for your work but can provide you with some self-exploration and self-care! 

What to expect

We will:

  • look at what self-compassion really is and more importantly is not
  • explore the benefits of self-compassion
  • explore why the language you use might be a barrier to a client’s acceptance of compassion
  • explore the barriers to self-criticism and why it’s hard to be self-compassionate, including society's obsession with self-esteem and the pursuit of happiness which makes life's struggles seem like we are failing
  • understand the links to brain systems of threat, drive and soothe
  • undertake a range of compassion exercises including compassionate imagery, body scans, breathwork, and letter writing
  • work with compassionate imagery
  • learn how to encourage self-compassionate thinking and behaviours in our clients

In preparing for this new course we’ve found the whole topic fascinating so why not come and join us to explore this further!!

To book please visit click here and complete the online booking form. You can pay by bank transfer or by debit/credit card.

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Hosted by Lynsey Lowe

Lynsey Lowe is a BACP accredited therapist with extensive experience of working with survivors of childhood abuse. Sally French was a sexual offences specialist lawyer who worked for the CPS for 25 years. She is now a UKCP accredited therapist. Lynsey and Sally both enjoy training and working together to aid survivors and therapists.

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