Making friends with yourself:  Mindful Self Compassion for Teens and Young Adults


Making friends with yourself is an adaptation of the Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) course which was developed by Christopher K. Germer, PhD, leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy ( and Kristin Neff, PhD, pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (


Dr Karen Bluth, based at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, and Lorraine Hobbs, University of California, San Diego, have translated the adult curriculum into a format which is suitable for teens and young adults, ranging from 12 -25 years of age. For more information on the programme, please visit


Preliminary research of the Mindful Self Compassion course for Teens and Young Adults has found that it increases mindfulness and self-compassion and reduces anxiety, depression, perceived stress and negative affect. As such, the course shows promise as a program to increase psycho social well-being in adolescents. For the full-text article please click here.


The MSC for Teens and Young Adults is offered as eight (weekly) sessions of 1 hour 45 minutes.


The course will be offered for two age groups:

  • Teens covering the ages of 12 to 17 
  • Young Adults which are defined as 18 to 25 years of age


Upcoming events


Dates and location for courses are currently being explored - if you have a need or suggestion, please do get in contact!