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Meeting Stress with Compassion

October 13, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT

Session Description:

After living through some of the most challenging experiences most of us have ever faced, prioritizing our own well-being has become especially challenging to sustain. Many of us are struggling with balancing work and life and are exhausted by the limited time for self-care amid overwhelming demands.

Join us for this introduction to Mindful Self-compassion (MSC) to explore ways of extending compassion to ourselves when we need it most – during stress or struggle. Rather than adding to our to-do list, the practice of self-compassion incorporates tools and perspectives to employ on-the-spot anytime, anywhere. Compassion is considered to be an energizing emotion and can help us to feel more connected with others and with our own inner resources and wisdom.

Self-compassion involves being caring and supportive to ourselves when we experience difficulty: listening to ourselves with understanding; remembering we are not alone in our struggles; soothing, comforting, and protecting ourselves; and making changes out of self-love and a commitment to growth.

Research has demonstrated that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, enhanced coping with life challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, and sustaining healthy habits.

This introduction to self-compassion will include:

  • Time for quiet reflection
  • A brief discussion on the components of self-compassion
  • Experiential learning: An invitation to try on-the-spot self-compassion practices for moments of stress
  • Time to discuss learnings and connect with others (this will be optional)
  • Tips on simple and practical ways of starting or building upon a self-compassion practice

The session will be based on the work of Drs. Kristin Neff and Chris Germer and the empirically supported Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program.

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Presenter Bios:

Heather Shaughnessy-Cato, Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Trained Teacher

Heather is a Mindful Self-Compassion Trained Teacher, Certified Coach in Wellness & Health and Life Design, yoga teacher, and facilitator. In addition to teaching MSC courses, Heather has integrated self-compassion into work with clients in community settings and through her former work as a therapist. She holds a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with clinical training in healthcare and higher education. She formerly worked in development for non-profits and higher education. Heather continues to train in mindfulness, self-compassion, and trauma-informed approaches to deepen her own practices and to provide services with integrity and a focus on inclusivity.


Emily Whyte Rubin, Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Trained Teacher

Emily specializes in mind-body-emotional health and has been working in private practice and facilitating groups for the past 13 years. Emily is a Mindful Self-Compassion Trained Teacher. She is also a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator in the work of Brené Brown as well as an AmSAT Certified Alexander Technique Teacher with further trauma resolution training in Somatic Experiencing®. Emily continues to be a lifelong student of these practices personally and professionally. She believes that we each find our own way and aims to create a safe group environment that can offer mirrors of support and insight.


October 13, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
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