How Self-Compassion Supports Relationships (and isn’t selfish!)

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By Michelle Becker

Many of us have been trained not to have needs, and if we do have them not to focus on them. But that’s not healthy for ourselves, our partners, or our relationships. In a recent podcast, Michelle Becker explored how tending to our own needs is not only not selfish, it actually benefits our partner and our relationship, too. She also shared how it can really help us see things as they really are (mindfulness), remember that we are not alone (common humanity) and following through with care (kindness).


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About Michelle Becker

Michelle Becker, LMFT, developer of the Compassion for Couples program and cofounder of Wise Compassion, 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 cofounder 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, health care, and the workplace. She particularly delights in supporting compassion teachers.

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