This multi-session compassion-based group therapy program utilizes a particular type of meditation practice referred to as loving kindness meditation as its core skill/practice. Loving kindness meditation is also known as metta meditation. In loving kindness meditation, you practice setting the personal intention and motivation to nurture the qualities of loving kindness, friendly kindness, and goodwill that exist within you, and you practice directing those qualities to your own self, as well as to others.
Practicing loving-kindness meditations regularly can support the development of certain changes such as*
This group is about learning to make friends with yourself: to meet yourself in whatever you are experiencing with understanding, patience, and support. It is about learning helpful ways to work with the thoughts and emotions that arise in you – including with the self-criticizing/shaming kinds of thoughts and the painful kinds of emotions. It about supporting you in approaching and navigating your inner and outer experiences with compassion, wisdom, and courage. (more…)
This training is aimed at helping you in your work with people who self-injure. It is divided into two main parts. The first part focuses on helping you gain an increased understanding of self-injury such as functions of self-injury and emotional dynamics that are often involved. The second part focuses on helping you learn complementary conceptual and practical ways to approach therapeutic work with someone who self-injures. (more…)