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I trust that wisdom and compassion are interconnected as two wings and mindful self-compassion gives us kindness, inner strength, and flexibility . Look forward to exploring those insights through our MSC journey.

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Sanae Kishimoto
Clinical & Public health psychologist, Consultant
Founder, Mindful CARE®︎
Co-founder, Society for Mindfulness and Self-Compassion at Kyoto University
Author of "Lessons for caring yourself: Introduction of MSC "
Co-translation reviewer of "Self-compassion: The proven power of being kind to yourself (by Kristin Neff)"

She is a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Certified Teacher as well as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Certified Teacher. She has also completed the certificate program in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy that was founded by clinical psychologists at Harvard University.

She is currently doing a randomized controlled trial for online mindfulness and self-compassion at Kyoto University School of Medicine/Public Health ( ) as a visiting researcher, and conducting network meta-analysis of the effects of psychotherapies with Oxford University while teaching MBSR and MSC at universities, healthcare institutions, and government agencies such as British Embassy and British Consulate-General. As the only and first MSC certified teacher who lives in Japan, she started teaching MSC in 2016, and co-taught MSC 2-day core skills training at Keio University School of Medicine in Japan with Steve Hickman, PsyD in 2017 and co-taught MSC 5-day intensive with Chris Germer, PhD in Kyoto in 2018.

She was born in Tokyo and is a certified clinical psychologist, previously working at Pediatric and Obstetrics and Gynecology (Ob/Gyn) in Japan. She has also worked at Arthur Andersen as a senior management consultant for healthcare institutions, private companies and government in Japan. After moving to Boston, she completed her Master of Public Health at Harvard University, worked at the Institute for Professionalism & Ethical Practice at Children’s Hospital Boston, and later, as Quality Assurance Manager/Admin Director in Ob/Gyn at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital for clinical quality improvement & patient safety. Her lifelong passion for quality of patient family-centered interdisciplinary compassionate care for patients and clinicians is incorporated in her Japanese license as a clinical psychologist, educational and professional background.

Her life whilst living in Boston, Massachusetts, has given her ample opportunities to learn and practice mindfulness meditation from Larry Rosenberg and his fellow teachers at Center for Wellness and Health Promotion at Harvard University and Cambridge Insight Meditation Center.

She is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor whose deep, painful, and ongoing journey for permanent disabilities and pain, and its process has been aided by mindfulness and self-compassion. TBI specialists at Harvard University encouraged her to continue to meditate for brain recovery throughout and she continues to benefit from their advice and this practice to this day.

岸本早苗 臨床心理士 MSC 認定講師& MBSR 認定講師
京都大学大学院医学研究科 健康増進・行動学教室 
マインドフルCARE®︎ 代表
京大マインドフルネス&セルフ・コンパッション研究会 共同発起人

米国マサチューセッツ州 The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (代表 ハーバード大学臨床心理学者 Susan Pollak, EdD) にて、マインドフルネス&心理療法認定プログラム修了。マインドフル セルフ・コンパッション(MSC)やマインドフルネス・ストレス低減法(MBSR)の認定講師 。

日本の産婦人科での心理臨床や、米国系経営コンサルティング会社での医療構造改革のコンサルに従事後、ハーバード公衆衛生大学院 Harvard School of Public Health 修士課程へ留学。修了後、チーム医療コミュニケーション教育を行うプロフェッショナリズム&倫理実践機関 Institute for Professionalism & Ethical Practice IPEP (ハーバードメディカルスクール関連病院チルドレンホスピタルボストン内) での勤務を経て、同メディカルスクール産婦人科教室/マサチューセッツ総合病院 産婦人科専任の医療の質管理者として、医療の質向上の仕組みづくりに従事。

帰国後、京都大学大学院医学研究科 健康増進・行動学分野で、人生の質(クオリティ・オブ・ライフ)を高めるオンラインマインドフルネス及びセルフコンパッションの統合プログラムの効果研究や、心理療法の効果についてのネットワークメタ解析の研究を行うとともに、様々なかたのお力をいただいて、2016年より、国内初のマインドフル セルフ・コンパッション(MSC)8週間プログラムを開催しました。

2016年〜現在 MSC8週間プログラム
2017年 MSC2日間 コアスキルトレーニング スティーブ・ヒックマン先生(臨床心理学博士) & 岸本早苗
2018年 MSC5日間 集中プログラム クリス・ガーマー先生(臨床心理学博士) & 岸本早苗


「自分を思いやるレッスン 〜マインドフル・セルフ・コンパッション入門」大和書房
「セルフ・コンパッション 〜有効性が実証された自分に優しくする力」金剛出版

English, Japanese

Department of Health Promotion and Human Behavior, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine / School of Public Health