Compassion Focused Exercises

Compassion Focused Therapy is about developing warmth and soothing toward ourselves and others. It can be very difficult at first so it is important to progress at a pace that is right for you. Below are a number of compassion-focused exercises that you can do to develop and enhance care and compassion towards yourself and others.

Resources from Dr. Paul Gilbert’s Compassionate Mind

Building a Compassionate Image Exercise

Compassionate Letter Writing

Worksheets, Other Documents, & Workshop Videos


Resources from Dr. Dennis Tirch’s Mindful Compassion

Compassion Focused Therapy Audio Exercises

Compassion Focused Therapy Practise Podcasts

Compassionate Mind Training (25 minutes)

Soothing Rhythm Breathing (10 minutes)

Compassionate Self Imagery (23 minutes)


Resources from Dr. Kristin Neff’s Self-Compassion

Guided Self-Compassion Meditations (MP3s)

Self-Compassion Enhancement Exercises

The Self-Compassion Break (7 Minute Audio)


Resources from Dr. Christopher Germer’s Mindful Self-Compassion

Downloadable Guided Meditations

Instructions for Self-Compassion Meditation

Mindful Self-Compassion Handouts & Exercises (PDFs)