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  • MSC Teacher Trainer

Behind my many certifications is a heart that delights in the happiness and relief of suffering for all beings. It is my great pleasure to help participants grow in compassion, and to support teachers in teaching from a place of compassion for self and others. We are all in this together!

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Michelle is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in San Diego, utilizing mindfulness and compassion based approaches to psychotherapy. In addition she is a certified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion, Compassion Cultivation Training, and The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ programs. Michelle is 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, especially in regard to relationships, healthcare, and the workplace. She is the developer of the Compassion for Couples program. Her book: Compassion for Couples: Building the Skills of Loving Connection will be published in February 2023 by Guilford Publications.

United States
San Diego

As a certified Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) teacher, and a certified The Daring Way™ (TDW) teacher I also offer classes in CCT, TDW and Brené Brown's newest program, Rising Strong. As a mentor, I offer mentorship toward certification for MSC, and also mentorship for people who are not interested in certification but want to improve their own lives, or their teaching, through the practice of MSC. This is also available in an intensive format. In addition, as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I offer intensive psychotherapy for individuals and couples.

My specialty is in compassion for self and others, especially in the context of relationships. My book, Compassion for Couples: Building the Skills of Loving Connection is due out in February 2023.