Virtual Coffee with Melissa Parks
Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Time: 11:00 am EST
Location: Online (using Zoom)
Cost: FREE. Open to all.
Melissa Parks PhD, is a mental and emotional wellness coach for her company, Intentional Expat Coaching & Consulting. She is a Teacher-in-training for Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). Below, Melissa shares with us a little more about herself and MSC:
“After several years of providing therapy to the expat community (as well as non-expat clinical populations, primarily clients with eating disorders), I realized that the underlying problem for most of my clients was their tendency to be hard on themselves when going through difficult times. This motivated me to pursue training as an MSC teacher. "Mindful Self-Compassion" is an evidence-based course developed by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion in the US. but taught worldwide (also available online and there's a workbook too). There is a great deal of research to support the positive effects of self-compassion on our mental and physical health.
MSC was developed in part by Dr Christopher Germer, a psychotherapist, in response to needing tools that he could give his clients to use outside of session to maintain the compassionate attitude towards their suffering that he was able to show them in the session. After seeing success with his clients (and in his own personal life) he joined together with Dr Kristin Neff, a psychologist/researcher to develop the MSC program. In my own teacher training one of the trainers (also a psychotherapist) commented that she now believes that the real problem in mental health is not the diagnosis, but the way that patients interact with their symptoms. MSC can help patients learn to turn towards their pain with acceptance and soothing, in the same way they might turn towards a friend in a difficult moment. Some topics for discussion could be…
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