Five Ways to Put Self-Compassion into Therapy

Tim Desmond offers practical strategies from his new book on integrating the science of self-compassion into clinical treatment.

What is self-compassion? It is intimately tied to the practice ofmindfulness—a special way of paying attention to the present moment, with complete acceptance of our thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations. Self-compassion comes from the understanding, gleaned through moments of mindfulness, that every human being suffers, that we all want to be happy but often don’t know how to find happiness, and that this commonality connects us with everyone else.


Understanding these truths, recognizing our own vulnerabilities, and practicing more kindness toward ourselves is at the heart of self-compassion.


By Tim Desmond