is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, author and lecturer.

She has been teaching compassion for self and others around the world since 2008. She is a key contributor to the first clinical adaptations – Compassion Focused Therapy– and to the non-clinical training program, Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), and its teacher training. She was an honorary lecturer at the University of Glasgow, UK, from 2008 until 2023.

She has pioneered research into compassion-based psychotherapy for complex mental health issues and published the programme Self-Compassion in Clinical Practice.

Through her books, online courses and transformative workshops she guides us to overcome obstacles to gentle and fierce self-compassion and to relate to each other from a place of genuine good will, wisdom, and empowerment to co-create and live our purpose.

Her approach integrates evidence-based methods, compassion-based parts work with a deep respect for and intuitive understanding of our innate wisdom and shared humanity.

Education & Qualifications

Professional Accreditation

Post-Qualification Training & Accreditations

Employment History


Invited Lectures & Workshops

Harvard University, US
University of California at San Diego, US
University of Glasgow, UK
University of Aberdeen, UK
Universidad de Valencia, Spain
Universität Hamburg, DE
Universität Giessen, DE
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, DE
Ruhr-Universität Bochum, DE
Universität Witten-Herdecke, DE
Universität Köln, DE
Universität Konstanz, DE
Technische Universität München, DE

Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal, CDN
National Health Service Scotland, Eating Disorder Services, UK
ACT Kliniken, Copenhagen, DK
AMEOS Seeklinikum Brunnen, CH
Privatklinik Hohenegg, CH
Universitätsklinikum Hamburg- Eppendorf, DE
Psychiatrie Hamburg, DE
Sanima Klinik Bad Herrenalb, DE
Zentrum für Seelische Gesundheit, Berlin, DE
Schön Klinik für Psychosomatik. Roseneck, DE
Psychosomatik, Klinikum Rechts der Isar, München, DE
Frauennotruf, München, DE
Evangelisches Beratungszentrum e.V., München, DE
DRK Schmerzzentrum, Mainz, DE
Caritas München-Freising, DE
Artemed Psychosomatische Klinik, DE
Evangelische Landeskirche BW, DE

International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis, US, UK
Royal College of Psychiatry, UK
British Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, UK
European Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies
Asociación Española de Mindfulness y Compasión, ES
Mindfulness Association Iceland, ICE
L’Association pour le Développement de la Mindfulness, FR
Österreichische Gesellschaft für Verhaltenstherapie, A
MSC Teacher Association Denmark, DK
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Verhaltenstherapie, DE
Medizin und Menschlichkeit e.V., DE
Dachverband Dialektisch Behaviorale Therapie e.V., DE/A/CH

Hailan Wellbeing & Family, CHINA
FACES Conferences, US
Centre de formation en TCC, Québec, CDN
Anna Ehnvall KBT Kompetens, Gothenburg, SE
CBT Association, Riga, LAT
Pleinement Conscient, FR
Pro Juventute Akademie, A
Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Wissenschafltiche Psychotherapie Berlin, DE
Palliative-Spirituelle Akademie, DE
vfkv-Ausbildungsinstitut München, DE
CIP Akademie, München, DE

Autocompassion Montréal, CDN
Center for Mindfulness, FIN
Mindfulness Association, UK
Center for Mindfulness, SE
Centrum voor Mindfulness, Amsterdam, NL
Global C, ES
Stichting Mandali, IT
L’institut Pleine Conscience (IPC), BE
European Center for Mindfulness, Freiburg, DE
Arbor Seminare, Freiburg, DE

Boston Consulting Group, DE
Mindfulness at Work, UK

In the Media

Brillux Radio
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