The Compassionate Mind Workbook

There is good and increasing evidence that cultivating compassion for one's self and others can have a profound impact on our physiological, psychological and social processes. In contrast, concerns with inferiority, shame and self-criticism can have very negative impacts on these processes and are associated with poorer physical and mental health. The Compassionate Mind Workbook is for anyone who is interested in how compassion - in the form of ideas and practices derived from Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and other approaches - may help us to engage with, understand and ultimately, try to alleviate suffering. CFT utilises both Buddhist practices and Western psychological science. It draws on neuroscience, insights into emotion regulation and identity formation, interpersonal psychology and a range of psychotherapeutic models. CFT-based interventions can help people with a range of mental health problems develop compassion for themselves, be open to the compassion of others and develop compassion for others.This workbook is a step-by-step guide to CFT, in which the chapters build your understanding of yourself, the skills that give rise to a compassionate mind, and ways to work with whatever difficulties you're struggling with in life. The exercises, prompts and case stories in this book provide an understandable and practical way to develop compassion.

Research Papers

Research Publications

Beaumont, E. (2012). Compassionate Mind Training: ‘Self-soothing after trauma’. Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, 12(3), 18-22.

Beaumont, E. (2014). Healing the wounds of trauma, shame and grief: A case study. Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, 14(2), 15-19.

Beaumont, E. (2016). Building Resilience by Cultivating Compassion. Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, 16(3), 22-27. 

Beaumont, E., Galpin, A., & Jenkins, P. (2012). ‘Being kinder to myself ’: A  prospective comparative study, exploring post-trauma therapy outcome measures, for two groups of clients, receiving either Cognitive Behaviour Therapy or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Compassionate Mind Training Counselling Psychology Review, 27, 31-43.

Beaumont, E., & Hollins Martin, C. J. (2013). Using Compassionate Mind Training as a Resource in EMDR: A Case Study. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 7(4), 186 -199. doi:10.1891/1933-3196.7.4.186

Beaumont, E., & Hollins-Martin, C. J. (2015). A narrative review. How effective is Compassion Focused Therapy? Counselling Psychology Review, 30(1), 21-32.

Beaumont, E., & Hollins Martin, C. J. (2016). A proposal to support student therapists to develop compassion for self and others through Compassionate Mind Training. The Arts in Psychotherapy 50, 111-118.

Beaumont, E., & Hollins Martin, C. J. (2016). Heightening levels of compassion towards self and others through use of Compassionate Mind Training. British Journal of Midwifery, 24(11), 3-12.

Beaumont, E., Durkin, M., Hollins-Martin, C. J., & Carson, J. (2016). Compassion for others, self-compassion, quality of life and mental well-being measures and their association with compassion fatigue and burnout in students midwives: A quantitative survey. Midwifery, 34, 777–786.

Beaumont, E., Durkin, M., Hollins-Martin, C. J., & Carson, J. (2016). Measuring relationships between self-compassion, compassion fatigue, burnout and well-being in student counsellors and student cognitive behavioural psychotherapists. Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 16(1), 15-23. doi: 10.1002/capr.12054

Beaumont, E., Durkin, M., McAndrew, S., & Martin, C. (2016). Using Compassion Focused Therapy as an adjunct to Trauma-Focused CBT for Fire Service personnel suffering with trauma-related symptoms. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, vol. 9, e34, 1-13. doi:10.1017/S1754470X16000209

Beaumont, E., Hickey, A., McAndrew, S., Goldman, S., & Warne, T. (2016). Minding the gaps: Exploring the effectiveness of a voluntary sector mental health counselling service. Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 16(4), 298–306. doi: 10.1002/capr.12086

Beaumont, E., Irons, C., Rayner, G., & Dagnall, N. (2016). Does Compassion Focused Therapy Training for Healthcare Educators and Providers increase self-compassion, and reduce self-persecution and self-criticism? Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 36(1), 4-10. doi: 10.1097/CEH.0000000000000023

Beaumont, E., Rayner, G., Durkin, M., & Bowling, G. (2017). The effects of Compassionate Mind Training on student psychotherapists. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 12(5), 300-312.

Durkin, M., Beaumont, E., Hollins-Martin, C. J., & Carson, J. (2016). A pilot study exploring the relationship between self-compassion, self-judgement, self-kindness, compassion, professional quality of life and wellbeing among UK community nurses. Nurse Education 46, 119-114.

McAndrew, S., Hickey, A., & Beaumont, E. (2015). The Impact of N. Staffs MIND’s Adult Counselling Service on the Mental Health of their Clients: A Research Report. University of Salford: ISBN: 978-1-987842-76-4.