Advanced Mindful Self-Compassion: Values, Core Beliefs & Acceptance of Emotion (Level 2)


Prerequisite: Completion of The Fundamentals of Mindful Self-Compassion

Participant Age: Adults (18+ years old)

Length: Eight Weeks (8 sessions)

Location/Day/Time/Instructor: Telehealth; Tuesdays 7-8:30 pm; Sharon Younkin, LICSW

Tuition: $75 per session. Insurance may reduce this amount.

Required Materials: The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive by: Kristin Neff, PhD & Christopher Germer, PhD.

Accepting Evaluations: Yes

This advanced group helps group members develop emotion regulation skills by exploring values, core beliefs and the acceptance of challenging emotions through the lens of compassion.

Members will practice emotion regulation through the lens of compassion by:

  • Continuing with your mindfulness practice.
  • Practicing grounding exercises including David Trealeaven’s, PhD “window of tolerance.”
  • Understanding the importance of physiology and Ventral Vagal Anchoring.
  • Embracing your body with self-compassion.
  • Developing self-compassion for physical imperfections in a competitive culture.
  • Discovering core values and the difference between goals and values.
  • Assessing if you are living in accordance with your core values.
  • Identifying what you have learned from struggles and challenges in life.
  • Giving empathy to others without losing yourself.
  • Exploring the function of emotions.
  • Practicing gently facing difficult emotions: labeling emotions, being aware of emotions in the body, soften-soothe-allow.
  • Applying mindful acceptance of emotion in a “dropping anchor” Russ Harris exercise.
  • Working with shame and your negative core beliefs.
  • Fulfilling your emotional needs in relationships.
  • Taking self-compassion breaks in relationship conflicts.

The group makes use of an excellent text, The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive by Kristin Neff, PhD and Christopher Germer, PhD, as well as a number of other handouts and resources.

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