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My first career was in journalism, specialising in social justice, especially
I became a relationship counsellor in my spare time and realised this was
what I was meant to be doing, and so I went on to train and work as a clinical psychologist in London and the south east of England. Self-compassion was a core focus from the start of my counselling training, realising how much we all need this,
especially when caring for others.
Later in 2007 I trained in compassion-focused therapy with Prof Paul Gilbert and more recently in Mindful Self-Compassion with Dr Chris Germer and colleagues in
Social justice continues to be a major focus for me. My doctoral thesis was
on multi-racial identity, intersectionality and relationships across difference.
I also have a deep love and concern for our beautiful planet, the ecological devastation we are living with, and its impact on we humans, especially already marginalised peoples.
Meditation has been part of my daily life for more than 30 years. At first this
began out of concern about my health. I have lived with type one diabetes since I was 8 year sold and was struggling with the stress of a hectic life. I started to meditate and discovered the ancient knowledge and spiritualities of my father’s homeland, in particular Buddhism.
But by a series of synchronicities and inner experiences, I was taken to Sufism, the mystical love and heart-centred inner path of Islam and of well-known poet Rumi, meeting my US based teacher in 2003. I have also continued to spend time, go on retreat and meditate with Buddhists.
The beautiful countryside of Devon, England is where I call home and I do all my therapy, and now teaching, work by Zoom. I am particularly interested in supporting people from marginalised backgrounds develop compassion for themselves and so discover and live who they truly are.
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all
the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” Rumi
Yasmine Khan is a Teacher-in-Training and will be undergoing supervision throughout their first 8-week MSC course in order to meet the pre-requisites to be designated a Trained MSC Teacher.