Mindful Self-Compassion

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Mindful self-compassion is a wonderful mixture of mindfulness practice with evidenced-based methods for being kind to yourself in measurable and repeatable ways. Mindfulness has been found to improve depression, anxiety, PTSD, sleep, addiction recovery, and so much more. And self-compassion means you talk to yourself the way you would to a good friend.

Why would I want to use self-compassion?

Founded by the research psychologist Dr. Kristin Neff and clinical psychologist Chris Germer, mindful self-compassion has been found time and time again to promote healthy ways of being with yourself. Noticing your pain mindfully and applying the balm of kindness helps us relax and remember that we are just human, in need of care and support, just like everyone else.

Don’t I need to beat myself up to be successful?

No, you don’t! Neff and Germer discovered that how you talk to yourself really matters! Beating ourselves up leads to harsh self-criticism, which only fuels depression, anxiety, and more stress and overwhelm in the nervous system. And that’s no way to live your life! Speaking mindfully to yourself while also encouraging yourself to live well is all part of how self-compassion is practiced.

How does Mindful Self-Compassion work?

Self-compassion is a beautiful blend of mindfulness of allowing your pain without judgement but it’s also disciplining yourself to live according to what you value. We’ll explore your behaviors for change and your reasons for living well. I’ll teach you how to support yourself mindfully but also to challenge yourself kindly to shift from unhelpful behaviors. It’s a win-win for your brain to feel safe but also to reach for change that supports your greatest good.

How do I make an appointment with you?

Please reach out to me for counseling by calling or texting my practice number which is (817) 642 – 7305, or send me an email at jenn at theholyabsurd dot com (to prevent spam bots). I look forward to hearing from you!

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