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Compassionate Mind Training (CMT)

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Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) is an eight-week, practical skills building course designed to help people cultivate their compassionate mind. The course was developed by Drs Chris Irons and Charlie Heriot-Maitland, drawing on compassion focused therapy, a comprehensive psychotherapy approach developed by Professor Paul Gilbert, and offering psycho-education regarding the human mind, the nature of our suffering, and how to cultivate the evolved human motivations and skills of compassion: to be sensitive to suffering in ourselves and others, and committed to trying to alleviate and prevent it.

CMT is an evidence-based approach, first evaluated by Gilbert and Procter (2006) in their seminal paper Compassionate mind training for people with high shame and self-criticism: Overview and pilot study of a group therapy approach, and further developed and tested over the years, most recently evaluated by Irons and Heriot-Maitland (2020) in the paper Compassionate Mind Training: An 8-week group for the general public. CMT has been found to increase participants compassion and self-compassion, self-reassurance, and positive emotions and psychological well-being, as well as reduce self-criticism, shame, depression, anxiety, and psychological distress.


  • 8 x 2.5 hour group sessions, once a week in person or online. 

  • Incorporates information sharing, experiential exercises, practical tips, and suggestions for bringing compassion into one’s daily life.

  • CMT is a closed group—no new participants will be able to join once the course has commenced.

  • CMT is offered in both face-to-face and online formats.

  • Course participants will be provided with a printed workbook to bring to each session, as well as audio recordings of exercises and practices. You will be provided Dr Steindl’s book, The Gifts of Compassion: How to Understand and Overcome Suffering.

For more information download the brochure below or email

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Fees Offset Scholarship

We invite you to apply for a Fees Offset Scholarship to attend Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) with Dr Stan Steindl, covering your CMT registration fee. We support one participant per CMT course who wishes to attend CMT, but who has limited funds to do so. Follow the link below for more information about the Fees Offset Scholarship and how to apply. Alternatively, feel free to email for more information.

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