Therapy Chat Episode 283

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Welcome back to Therapy Chat! In this week’s episode, host Laura Reagan LCSW-C interviews Dr. Kristin Neff, the researcher and author who has made Self-Compassion a familiar concept. Dr. Neff has a new book out this week called Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power and Thrive.

In this conversation you will hear:

  • How Fierce Self-Compassion differs from the tender Self-Compassion we are more familiar with
  • How both fierce and tender Self-Compassion are needed
  • Why it is uncomfortable for many women to tap into the fierce energy inside us 

Guest bio

Dr. Kristin Neff is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneer in the field of Self-Compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on Self-Compassion almost twenty years ago.

In addition to writing numerous academic articles and book chapters on the topic, she is author of the book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself. In conjunction with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, she has developed an empirically supported training program called Mindful Self-Compassion, which is taught by thousands of teachers worldwide.

They co-authored the Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals. Her newest work focuses on how to balance self-acceptance with the courage to make needed change. In June 2021, her newest book, Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive was published.

Go to Dr. Kristin Neff’s website: to purchase her book, find free Self-Compassion guided meditations, including working with Fierce Self Compassion.

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Original Date

June 17, 2021

About the Host

Laura Reagan, LCSW-C

Laura Reagan, LCSW-C is an integrative trauma therapist and owner of a group practice, the Baltimore Annapolis Center for Integrative Healing. She is also the host of Therapy Chat and Trauma Chat podcasts and the founder of the Trauma Therapist Network, a website for learning information about trauma and finding resources and help for trauma.

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