Advanced Mindful Self-Compassion: Anger, Forgiveness & Grief (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; Thursdays (every other week) 6-7:30 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. Please purchase prior to the first group.

Accepting Evaluations: Yes

This advanced group helps group members develop emotion regulation skills by exploring some of life’s most challenging emotions (anger, grief, shame) and actions (forgiveness of self and others) through the lens of compassion.

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

  • Utilizing your mindfulness practice and grounding exercises including David Trealeaven’s, PhD “window of tolerance.”
  • Understanding physiology, the Polyvagal Theory (Stephen Porges, PhD) and Ventral Vagal Anchoring.
  • Learning about the neuroscience of compassion (Richard Davidson, PhD)
  • Exploring the Model of Emotions (Marsha Linehan, PhD): function of anger.
  • 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.
  • Determining when your relationship with anger is no longer helpful.
  • Exploring myths in the way of interpersonal effectiveness and emotion (Marsha Linehan, PhD).
  • Identifying and responding to unmet relational needs (non-violent communication).
  • Practicing mindful acceptance of emotion as the path to forgiveness.
  • Reviewing the five steps of forgiveness of yourself and/or others.
  • Understanding the difference between grief and mourning.
  • Applying the six needs of mourning.
  • Utilizing self-compassion to generate positive emotions.
  • Counteracting the negativity Bias (Rick Hanson, PhD) with embracing the good.
  • Practicing and expressing gratitude and self-appreciation.

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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