Compassionate Counselor: Working from the Inside Out

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As with all mindfulness practices, we start with ourselves. As clinicians, we do the best we can in any given moment, but we aren't perfect. When we know the taste and feel of compassion for ourselves, we'll be able to work from the inside out, and be with our clients' pain with patience and kindness.

3 objectives:

1. Name one practice that demonstrates being compassionate to yourself

2. Explain why it's important to have compassion for yourself

3. Describe how being compassionate with yourself might allow you to eat mindfully

Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW, is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist who works with individuals, couples and groups incorporating the intention and skills of mindfulness as a foundation from which to explore one's life. She specializes in working with stress-related physical and emotional issues, with women who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma, and those who suffer with depression, anxiety and disordered eating.

Char is certified as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher by the Center for Mindfulness, UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA. She teaches MBSR, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Mindful Eating/Conscious Living (MECL) for the general public.

She leads professional trainings in MECL, MBSR, an Adv. training for MBCT and MBSR teachers. Char maintains a longstanding personal meditation practice and is currently studying Qigong and Taijiquan. She provides one-on-one consultation for professionals who wish to incorporate mindfulness into their work. She is a member of the Board of Directors of The Center for Mindful Eating and is the owner/director of the Center for Mindful Living, LLC and A Mindful Path, LLC in Connecticut. She can be contacted through her website or [email protected]

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