In my practice, I integrate Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) in the work with both adolescents and adults.  Self compassion is effective in supporting a sense of well being and potentially increase vulnerabilities against stress, isolation and negative self judgment.  Developing this practice, adolescents and adults may experience more positive feelings towards themselves and in turn, may protect themselves from developing a sense of self as flawed or rejectable.  

Self-compassion is strongly linked to psychological well being, including optimism and connectedness, as well as decreased anxiety, depression, neurotic perfectionism, and rumination.  Dr. Kristin Neff considers three major components of self-compassion; self-kindness, common humanity and mindfulness. Self kindness refers to the ability to treat oneself with care and understanding rather than harsh self-judgment. Common humanity involves recognizing that imperfection is a shared aspect of the human experience rather than feeling isolated by one’s failures. Mindfulness refers to holding one’s present-moment experience in balanced perspective rather than exaggerating the dramatic story-line of one’s suffering.  For more information about Mindful Self Compassion click here  https://centerformsc.org/learn-msc/