Self-Compassion for Shame

About Self-Compassion for Shame

“Shame strikes at the core of our being but has nothing to do with who we really are.”

Chris Germer

Shame is everywhere. Shame can occur when we feel judged by others or when we judge ourselves. It can happen when we do something wrong and when we’re entirely innocent of wrongdoing. Whenever we feel bad about ourselves, for whatever reason, there is a touch of shame.
Shame is the most difficult human emotion. Shame makes us go small, go silent or go away. Ironically, shame itself is not the problem. The problem is that there’s often ‘no-one home’ to work with shame.
Shame is also one of our deepest emotions. It invisibly shapes our personalities as we grow into adulthood and it prevents us from being fully ourselves with others.
  • What would happen if you were able to care for yourself when you felt shame, rather than being immobilized by fear, attacking yourself, or zoning out?
  • How would your life be different if you could meet shame with compassion and stay connected, think in a balanced way, and make wise, healthy choices?

This groundbreaking new training course was developed by Dr Chris Germer, co-founder for the Mindful Self-Compassion training. In this course, we’ll take a unique, non-pathological look at shame through the eyes of self-compassion. We’ll explore the theory and research on shame and the personal and cultural causes of shame in our own lives within the context of self-compassion. 

Self-Compassion for Shame

What to expect

The Self-Compassion for Shame course programme includes guided meditation practices, short talks, experiential exercises, discussions in small and larger groups, and home practices.

It is an advanced training for those who have already taken a Mindful Self-Compassion course and wish to take next steps to discover personal and unique ways to work with and ultimately loosen the grip of shame using a self-compassionate approach.

The classes for this course are two hours long with an additional one hour practice group on a different day.

Topics include:

  • Mindfulness of shame
  • The origins of shame
  • Self-criticism
  • Body compassion
  • Self-forgiveness
  • Hidden parts
  • Social justice

And by the end of the training the following learning objectives will have been covered:

  1. Summarize the theory and research on shame and self-compassion
  2. Describe how self-compassion is an antidote to shame
  3. Describe the three paradoxes of shame
  4. Identify personal childhood and cultural disconnections that lead to shame
  5. Apply new self-compassion practices to relieve the burden of shame
  6. Alleviate body shame with compassion
  7. Direct self-compassion to hidden parts of ourselves
  8. Disengage from habitual self-criticism by cultivating self-compassion
  9. Take positive action to live with less shame in daily life


Further information

When: Thursdays 4.00 to 6.00 pm via Zoom, and a ‘practice group’ the following Tuesday 4.00 to 5.00 pm
Dates: Classes: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th 31st October, 7th, 14th, 21st November 2024
Practice groups: 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th October, 5th, 12th, 19th 26th November 2024
Cost: £395 which includes eight live online classes, eight live online practice sessions, all course materials and  recordings for use at home between sessions

Ali is delighted to be joining Canadian friend, colleague and trained Self-Compassion for Shame teacher Christine Grace McMulkin in the delivery of this course.  Christine is a certified, seasoned and revered teacher of Mindful Self Compassion, a trained teacher of Self-Compassion for Shame and Fierce Self-Compassion, an MSC Teacher Trainer, and a Compassion Focused Therapist. Christine completed the MSC Teacher Training Practicum for Self-Compassion for Shame in March 2024 under the guidance of Chris Germer.

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