Michelle Becker, LMFT,
developed the Cultivating Compassion for Couples program. She is a certified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion, Compassion Cultivation Training, and The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ programs. She teaches and speaks on the topics of compassion for self and others nationally and internationally.
To relate, to love, and to connect is to be human. Who among us does not want to be loved and belong? As important as our relationships are, they are not always easy. Compassion for Couples (CfC) is a program designed to help us meet ourselves and our partners with greater awareness and compassion. CfC builds on the skills developed in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), an eight-week-long program created by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer and affiliated with Harvard Medical School. CfC focuses on moving deeper into compassion between partners.
Self-compassion is the heart of mindfulness. It is warmhearted, connected presence during difficult moments in our lives. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience that allows us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with encouragement, forgive ourselves when needed, care for others, and be more fully ourselves. Rapidly expanding research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.