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Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) is an eight-week, practical skills building course designed to help people cultivate their compassionate mind. The course was developed by Drs Chris Irons and Charlie Heriot-Maitland, drawing on compassion focused therapy, a comprehensive psychotherapy approach developed by Professor Paul Gilbert, and offering psycho-education regarding the human mind, the nature of our suffering, and how to cultivate the evolved human motivations and skills of compassion: to be sensitive to suffering in ourselves and others, and committed to trying to alleviate and prevent it.

CMT is an evidence-based approach, first evaluated by Gilbert and Procter (2006) in their seminal paper Compassionate mind training for people with high shame and self-criticism: Overview and pilot study of a group therapy approach, and further developed and tested over the years, most recently evaluated by Irons and Heriot-Maitland (2020) in the paper Compassionate Mind Training: An 8-week group for the general public. CMT has been found to increase participants compassion and self-compassion, self-reassurance, and positive emotions and psychological well-being, as well as reduce self-criticism, shame, depression, anxiety, and psychological distress.


  • 8 x 2.5 hour group sessions, once a week online
  • Incorporates information sharing, experiential exercises, practical tips, and suggestions for bringing compassion into one’s daily life.
  • CMT is a closed group—no new participants will be able to join once the course has commenced.
  • Course participants will be provided with a PDF workbook as well as audio recordings of exercises and practices. You will be provided Dr Steindl’s book- The Gifts of Compassion: How to Understand and Overcome Suffering.
  • For more information download the brochure below or email [email protected]