The self-compassion struggle

07495 061 545 07495 061 545
8th July 2024, 9.30am - 3.30pm
Counsellors and trainees

Self-compassion can have a massive impact on our clients, helping them to understand their inner critic, find ways to counter it and gain better ways of coping with emotional dysregulation. 

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-compassion 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 buzzword 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?

We will 

  • discover the very human struggle of rejecting something we don’t feel we deserve
  • explore the link with 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! 

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

To book please visit our website 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.