Compassion for Couples

Who among us does not need 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 partner with greater awareness and compassion. CfC builds on the skills developed in the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program and moves deeper into compassion between partners. Utilizing the skills of mindfulness and compassion, this program teaches how to build a strong and healthy foundation for relationships, and provides skills to help navigate the difficulties that arise within us and between us. While prior experience with MSC is helpful, it is not required. 

Partners attend together and will learn to:

    • Be more present with each other
    • Identify shared values
    • Build a base of warmth, security and connection.
    • Communicate with kindness and compassion
    • Comfort yourself and your partner
    • Skillfully relate to your partner in times of difficulty
    • Gain a greater understanding of yourself, your partner, and shared relational patterns


Compassion for Couples Teachers

Michelle BeckerMichelle Becker, LMFT, is developer of the Compassion for Couples program and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in San Diego. Additionally, she is a certified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion, Compassion Cultivation Training, and The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ programs and a senior teacher trainer, mentor, and co-founder of the teacher-training program in Mindful Self-Compassion. She teaches and speaks on the topics of compassion for self and others nationally and internationally. For more information on Michelle’s teaching and schedule please visit her website.

Chris GermerChristopher Germer, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School. He is a co-developer of the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy.  Dr. Germer is a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy as well as the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School. He teaches and leads workshops internationally on mindfulness and compassion, and has a private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts, USA specializing in mindfulness and compassion-based psychotherapy.

Pittman McGehee, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Austin, Texas. Pittman received his doctorate from The University of Texas, Austin where he researched self-compassion and mindfulness with Dr. Kristin Neff. He has worked as a psychologist with individuals of all ages and trained in many different environments. Prior to working in private practice, he worked and trained at the Austin Psychology and Assessment Center, the Capital Area Mental Health Center, and the Travis County Correctional Complex. He also trained at the University of Texas Counseling and Mental Health Center, where he worked with individual students and co-led several groups, including Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy groups for depressed students. Dr. McGehee is a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher and teacher trainer and is currently adjunct faculty at Seton Cove Spirituality Center in Austin, Texas.

Tim Burnett is the Executive Director and Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest. Tim is a Certified teacher of Mindful Self-Copmpassion (MSC), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT). Tim is also Zen Buddhist priest and has been in a committed relationship for 31 years.

“It was eye opening to learn about how criticism and anger are really your partner’s expression of suffering. The examples in the class made it so easy to grasp. Really great for us, we have carried a lot of the exercises home.”


“We left the course feeling refreshed and re-invested in our commitment to our relationship, but perhaps more helpful than that is that we left with a bag full of practical tools to access on a daily basis in real life.”

Upcoming Compassion for Couples Courses

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“I appreciate so much the foundation we learned in self-compassion. It was clear, simple to remember and immediately effective in changing my state. The course appealed to my best self, who really wants to love and accept my partner with compassion. I came away with concrete steps for doing just that, and enough practice that my body is reminding me of what I can do differently now! Many thanks, we were blessed to take part in Compassion for Couples!”