New counseling group teaches self-compassion

The Etownian October 20, 2016 0

A new counseling group called Be Kind to Yourself had its first meeting Thursday, Oct. 13. This group is for “any student who would like to enhance their capacity for emotional wellbeing and resilience,” said Dr. Evie Gerber, staff counselor for the Center for Student Success & Counseling Services, in an email interview.

The students will understand the worth of self-compassion, become aware of critical thoughts and learn how to increase their self-compassion daily. They will also break the myths and stereotypes associated with self-compassion.

At their first meeting, the topics discussed were the three main components of self-compassion. Students shared stories about their struggles with self-compassion (all information shared is kept confidential), along with a “self-compassion break” (exercise/meditation).

Included with the group are two optional readings; “Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself” by Kristin Neff, Ph.D. and “The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions” by Christopher Germer, Ph.D.

“The group is off to a great start,” Gerber said. Other students have expressed their interest in the group and will start their journey to self-compassion at the next meeting.

The next meeting will be Thursday, Oct. 27 as they continue to explore the concepts of self-compassion as well as share their personal stories and goals.

There are a few spots open so any students who would like to join may contact Dr. Gerber either by email at or in person.


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