Mindful self-compassion (MSC) course

October – November 2019

(adults 20 years of age and over)

Do you beat yourself up when you’re having a difficult time?

Mindful self-compassion will ease this self-inflicted suffering. Don’t miss this rich personal and professional development opportunity.

If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others’ (Dalai Lama)

Notice the difficult feelings when they visit, label them (anxiety, depression, hurt, pain), get to know them, acknowledge that it’s tough and respond to yourself with loving kindness rather than criticism.

MSC 8 Week Course details:

Facilitators: Dr Joan Williams (PhD) with Dr Anne Cole (PhD, Gestalt psychotherapist)

Dates: 07 October – 25 November 2019, every Monday.

Times: 11.00am – 2pm

Saturday 09 November: 4-hour silent retreat: 10.00am – 2.00pm

Venue: The Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre, 23 Bath Road, Swindon, SN1 4AS

Cost per-person: £235

No previous experience with mindfulness and meditation is required. You will be asked to provide background information to safeguard your wellbeing. To benefit fully from the experience, it is important to engage in daily home practice for at least the duration of the course.

To book on the course please e-mail Joan at

‘The three components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we know we aren’t alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence’

‘Mindful self-compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, 8-week training programme designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding’

(Centre for mindful Self-Compassion, January 2019)

 ‘I found in my research that the biggest reason people aren’t more self-compassionate is that they are afraid they’ll become self-indulgent. They believe self-criticism is what keeps them in line. Most people have gotten it wrong because our culture says being hard on yourself is the way to be’

(Dr. Kristin Neff).

‘The best way to counteract self-criticism, therefore, is to [notice and] understand it, have compassion for it, and then replace it with a kinder response’

(Dr. Kristin Neff)

We look forward to working alongside you during the course.


Creating a Crisis Management Plan for Therapists in Private Practice.

If you are an organisation that would like to arrange this valuable and informative workshop for your therapists then please contact us and we will be happy to discuss things further.

It is good practice for all therapists who work privately to have a crisis plan in place in case of sudden illness, hospitalisation or death and to choose a nominated person to carry out your wishes.

This informative workshop will help provide you with information and guidance to create your own Personal Crisis Plan.

We will also be covering what you are committing to if asked to be the nominated person for another therapist.

Workshop Leader: Christine Fishlock Director of The Counselling & Psychotherapy Centre.