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Mindful Self Compassion Training

Mindful Self Compassion Training

Instructor: Marina Bystritsky, Ph.D.

8 Weeks, Starting in January, Thursday from 6:30-9:30pm / Cost:   $450. 

No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend!

Mindful Self-Compassion is an eight-week program designed to cultivate and nourish the qualities of compassion, empathy and kindness to oneself and others. It is based on the groundbreaking research of Kristen Neff, PhD, of the University of Texas and Christopher Germer, PhD of the Harvard Medical School-Cambridge Health Alliance. 

A rapidly growing body of research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, less anxiety and depression. It improves ability to handle stress and maintain healthy habits such as diet and exercise; and helps to build more satisfying interpersonal relationships. 

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough in childhood, or those who feel uncomfortable when treating themselves with kindness. Self-Compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, reduces self-criticism and isolation, makes it easier to handle challenging situations, admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves when needed, and relate more authentically to others.

The weekly 2.5 hours class includes short talks, experiential exercises, guided meditations, and group discussion. In addition to the weekly class, there is a 4-hour retreat. The best results are achieved if you attend every session. 

About the Instructor:

Marina Bystritsky, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. She also serves as adjunct clinical faculty in UCSF. In addition to being an MSC teacher, Marina is also a certified teacher of Mindfulness Meditation.

In her clinical work, Marina uses empirically validated mindfulness based therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Beyond her education and professional training, Marina brings personal experience to her work. She has been a long-time meditator and has personally experienced the impact of mindfulness and compassion practices in her own life. These experiences form the foundation of her teaching.

More Information & Registration:

Please contact Marina Bystritsky at or call 415-458-2725 if you have any further questions. You can reserve a space in the class by sending in your class tuition to 

Marina Bystritsky, Ph.D. 870 Market St, Suite 1063, San Francisco, CA 94102

You may also send a deposit if paying the full tuition is problematic. You may receive a full refund (minus $25 processing fee) if you cancellation request is received no later than 30 days before the first class. Once this training has filled there will also be a waitlist, and another section may be offered at a different time. Sliding scale if needed.

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