Mindful Self-Compassion Course

Mindful Self-Compassion Course

The Mindful Self-Compassion course is deeply rooted in the ground-breaking research of Professor Kristin Neff (University of Texas) and the clinical expertise of clinical psychologist Christopher Germer (University of Harvard).

8 Week Mindful Self-Compassion Evening Course:
8 sessions
Tuesdays 7pm -9:30pm
Starts: 17th Mar to 19th May (no classes on 7th/14th Apr)
Price: £265

Over the course of 8 sessions you will learn to:

  • Treat yourself with the same understanding and kindness you would treat a friend.
  • Let go of the inner critic and motivate yourself with the voice of an ideal coach, supporting you in your work, relationships and self-care.
  • Move past your defences and live life with more trust, openness and receptivity.
  • Live more closely to your own personal core values, allowing you to live a life that resonates with you.
  • Develop a better relationship with your body and yourself.
  • Manage difficult emotions such as grief, shame, anxiety and anger.
  • Meet some of your own emotional needs and discover how to be there for others without losing yourself.
  • Intentionally develop positive emotions to help you get the most out of life.

In a randomised, controlled study, MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety, and stress.

Why join a group?
Participants describe having a deeper experience when learning and practicing in a group and studies have shown group practice makes more meaningful change to the brain and our physiology (e.g. slowing the shortening of telomeres (cellular ageing)) (Carlson et al., 2014).

Learning from the group and being supported by an experienced teacher can help us overcome the barriers created by thoughts such as ‘This isn’t working for me, I must be doing it wrong’, etc.

The awareness that ‘we’re in this together’ develops compassionate understanding and we realise ‘we are not alone’.

The teacher creates a safe, supportive space to facilitate and encourage greater self-awareness and to move past our barriers to change and our blind-spots.

By actively attending a group we not only reinforce our intention to practice but also remove ourselves from our daily distractions – no clothes to wash, no emails to send etc.

Practicing and learning with others allows us to share our insights, concerns, obstacles, doubts and discoveries.

MSC is therapeutic but it’s not therapy. The emphasis of the program is on enhancing emotional resources to meet emotional challenges, old and new.

Audios, a handbook and handouts will be provided.


“…I’m beginning to be able to care for myself on a deeper level – and that means A LOT for my sense of self and my future. Thank you for being a brilliant teacher”
– A, London.

“I can’t thank you enough for introducing me to the wonderful world of MSC… I now can’t imagine getting through my day without it”
– S, London.

“I highly recommend this course. I recently completed it and it’s incredible. Alex is a kind. compassionate and welcoming teacher”
– T, London.

“Being shown how to give myself kindness and self-compassion was amazing. My inner critic is certainly weaker and I am now able to love myself more. I wish this course has existed 30 years ago – I could have changed my life earlier. Alex is a brilliant teacher”
– Kate, Tadworth.

“I leave each session feeling at peace and humbled, I am usually an introvert so being to attained every session without feeling drained, in fact the opposite is a testament to Alex’s genuinely warm and friendly aura”
– Anon, Enfield..

Alex discussing Mindful Self-Compassion


Mindfulness facilitator, integrative therapist (CFT, ACT, NLP) and naturopath, Alex Newte Hardie, spent two years as the resident naturopath at the University of Westminster before she joined the Light Centre in 2013.

During her early years in clinical practice, Alex identified stress and anxiety to be the root cause or primary aggravator of her own and her patients’ health conditions. This led her to cultivate her own mindfulness practice and study of mindfulness meditation, and she completed her Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy teacher training at the start of 2013 and Mindful Self-Compassion training in 2016. She has been lecturing and teaching courses at the centre and around London ever since.

New therapies integrated into her teaching and clinics include Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) , Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).

Alex is also the General Health Practitioner at the Belgravia branch running Holistic Health Screenings alongside teaching and her naturopathy, counselling and mindfulness clinic.

Alex is registered with the General Council, the Association of Psychological Therapies, the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council and Register of Naturopaths and studied with Enter Mindfulness, recognised as gold-standard training by the UK Network of Mindfulness-Based Teacher Trainers.