Mindful Self-Compassion for Women
We often are skilled at giving support, comfort and compassion to the people around us, but have difficulty offering that same level of compassion and care to ourselves. This is especially true of women, due to cultural conditioning and expectations. Research has shown that self-compassion serves as a buffer not only to depression and anxiety, but also to dissatisfaction and stress during difficult transitions and situations. Moreover, self-compassion has been shown to protect caregivers from burnout and compassion fatigue, increase satisfaction with the caregiving role, and promote proactivity and empowered action. In this workshop, we’ll explore principles and experiential meditation-based practices of Mindful Self-Compassion that can help support us in challenging times. The workshop is designed for all who self-identify as women.
Allyson Pimentel, EdD
Associate Director of Mindful USC
Allyson Pimentel is a psychologist and long-time insight meditation practitioner and teacher who works at the intersections of mindfulness, mental health, education, and social justice. Dr. Pimentel has been teaching mindfulness in university, medical, secular and spiritual settings, as well as in private clinical psychology practice for over twenty years. Formerly, she was the training director of the Mind-Body Psychiatry Clinic at NYU-Bellevue Hospital Center in New York, Associate Director of UCLA Campus & Student Resilience, and Program Director of Mindful UCLA. Dr. Pimentel holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University. She has completed numerous professional mindfulness training programs in the Vipassana/Insight meditation tradition.