Compassionate mind training course

Self-compassion is an essential component of living a happy, healthy life and yet many of us talk to ourselves in a way we’d never dream of talking to a friend. Self-criticism and shame are closely tied to different mental health difficulties and can leave us feeling “trapped” in unhelpful cycles of thoughts and behaviours.

Based on compassion-focused therapy (CFT), the aim of this course is to promote healing by increasing compassion, both towards yourself and others.


Key themes covered in the course

In this course, you will:

  • Learn what compassion is and what it isn’t
  • Explore the three flows of compassion: for others, from others and for self
  • Experience the role of mindfulness in compassion
  • Use body based practises to slow and soothe the mind and body
  • Use imagery to cultivate feelings of calmness and safeness
  • Develop an image of your ideal compassionate other
  • Develop, practice and embody your compassionate self
  • Bring your compassionate self to your daily life, acting in helpful ways to yourself and others, being with difficult emotions, and finding ways to thrive.

This is a skills-based development course rather than a therapy group. While this is a space to share ideas and reflections on the topics covered, there is no requirement to discuss your personal life or circumstances.

Group Therapy

Compassionate mind training course - what to expect

This course includes taught content and over 20 different experiential practices/exercises to help you develop your “compassionate mind”.

Each session builds on the content of the previous weeks, with the goal that you leave with a toolkit to draw on in your everyday life.

You’ll be given reading material as well as unlimited access to audio recordings to support your home practice.

Frequently asked questions

This course is open to everyone. It can benefit anyone who is looking to develop a more supportive relationship to themselves.
  • To commit to attend all 8 sessions in order to gain most learning and positive benefits
  • A willingness to engage in home practises and tasks
It costs £1000 for the full 8-week course.

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Athena Lazaridou

Athena is a Pilates instructor with 8 years’ experience in the field. After completing a Power Pilates Mat Certification in Athens, she went on to complete the Full Comprehensive Classical Pilates Certification with Equinox in Kensington.  She has been teaching Pilates at Equinox for the past 6 years in addition to her own private clients who she trains both face to face and virtually.

Athena has a passion for helping people get stronger and fitter as well as helping those recovering from injury regain their strength and mobility.  Over the years, she has worked with athletes to incorporate Pilates into their training and improve performance. Athena has also worked with prenatal and postnatal women who may be experiencing depression or other mental health difficulties and used Pilates to facilitate a positive impact on their mental health.

Athena is very passionate about improving physical and mental well-being and has recently incorporated Sound Healing into her work, as she believes it to be one of the best ways of ‘letting go’ and releasing stale energy whilst increasing greater self-awareness.