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Shari Geller

Dr. Shari Geller is an author, clinical psychologist, and a trained teacher of mindful self-compassion (MSC). With over twenty years of experience weaving psychology and mindfulness, Dr. Geller offers practical guidance for cultivating therapeutic presence, grounded in neuroscientific and clinical research. Dr. Geller has a long-term mindfulness meditation and self-compassion practice. Her publications include two seminal books: A Practical Guide for Cultivating Therapeutic Presence and a co-authored book with Leslie Greenberg, Therapeutic Presence: A Mindful Approach to Effective Therapy.

Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy?

Over the past 15 years, research has established that self-compassion is a key ingredient in mental health and psychological wellbeing.

Compassion-based psychotherapy has also been shown to alleviate a wide range of psychological disorders, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and substance dependency. Self-compassion also appears to be an underlying mechanism by which other kinds of therapy seem to work. As a result, psychotherapists and other healthcare professionals are eager to integrate self-compassion more fully into their clinical work.

Program Prerequisites

Admission is by application, and all applicants must:

Have attended the full Mindful Self-Compassion program (8 Week or 5-Day Intensive format, in-person or online prior to starting the program). In order to establish a firm foundation of immersion in self-compassion and personal practice, this is a firm requirement for entry into the SCIP program.
I haven’t taken the course yet, how can I attend?

Be a licensed or supervised mental health professional with active liability insurance. Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, licensed mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, are invited to apply, as are students enrolled in a graduate psychotherapy training program. Other professionals will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Commit to daily meditation practice for the duration of the course. This is essential for the understanding of how meditation practice works and its application in psychotherapy and caregiving.

Participate in the online “live” program weekly on Wednesdays, beginning October 19, 2022, with a break in the month of December. Attendance at 80% of the sessions is needed to formally complete the course.

Cohort Three Important Dates*

Two-day opening retreat Saturday/Sunday, October 15-16, 2022 from 7:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific Time
The program starts 
on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at 8:00 am Pacific Time
The weekly live meetings, every Wednesday
from 8:00 – 11:30 am Pacific Time, until June 21, 2023
December Break 
December 1, 2022 – January 3, 2023
Two-day closing retreat 
Saturday/Sunday, June 24-25, 2023 from 7:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific Time
*In addition to the above sessions, participants can expect to invest approximately five hours per week of reading, discussion board participation, and individual practice.

Download the Cohort 3 Course Outline with full calendar and objective details.

Are you ready and willing to become a part of this big global change?

Join the next cohort of the CMSC Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy program for a unique adventure.

You have the opportunity to take a bold step into the future now by leading the transformation of the field of psychotherapy while belonging to a community that values the internal search and the influence it has on humanity.

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