Compassion is at the heart of the therapeutic process. Heart of mindfulness. By Maya Campbell

 Maya Campbell is a qualified mindfulness teacher (MBSR/MBCT/MSC), psychologist (MSc) and research scientist (PhD), with a particular interest in compassion-based approaches. She has completed mindfulness trainings at Bangor University, Oxford Mindfulness Centre and UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness and currently works in London delivering mindfulness based courses in a mental health setting and to the general public and has a private practice. She is a consultant on the Heartfulness Project at the Mindfulness Centre of Excellence and has written papers on the use of mindfulness in her recovery from a cardiac arrest in 2009, living with a serious illness and on teaching mindfulness and compassion to other people.


May will deliver training at Wimbledon Guild on : Mindful Self-Compassion for Therapists

 Saturday 14th July 2018



Increasingly research is showing that one of the major mediating factors in the efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions is the increase in self-compassion in individuals. Traditional mindfulness trainings, such as the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction or Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, implicitly encompasses the teaching of kindness and compassion towards the self, with the more recent trainings of Mindful Self-Compassion etc drawing this out explicitly. This training in compassion provides a safe psychological space within which the individual feels able to engage with their present moment experience and begin to turn towards the more difficult aspects, both past and present.

Work by Profs Paul Gilbert and Steven Porges have delineated the mechanisms whereby this compassion and safety may be generated within both the self and in interpersonal situations. The use of voice, soothing touch, soothing breath rhythm and warmth can activate the system from a bottom up approach allowing usage even when cognitively distressed.

Additionally, the need as practitioners for self-kindness and self-compassion is greater than ever. The demands of working within a strained healthcare system, with increasing demands on seeing more clients, administration and documentation means that the practitioners may benefit from training in these skills. Outcomes from the training show increased sense of wellbeing, increased resilience, increased emotional equanimity and a reduction in stress and depression.


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