Chris Germer

Psychologist, Author, and Teacher of Mindfulness and Compassion


CHRIS GERMER is a psychologist, meditation practitioner and author. He is currently working as a lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. As a teacher, Chris encourages and help people practise mindfulness and compassion. He is working in small private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts, USA.

In his early adulthood days, Chris found himself fascinated by the science of psychology and contemplative practice. That is why; he decided to gain undergraduate level education in psychology. After earning a BA degree in psychology, he went abroad for three years, where he conducted research at several well-known institutions. Chris was influenced by yoga and meditation and visited India several times to learn them even after completing his research. In 1984, he earned a PHD degree in clinical psychology from Temple University.

To provide people right tools and techniques for developing the skills of self-compassion and mindfulness, Chris has co-developed the Mindful Self-Compassion program with the support of Kristin Neff in 2010. In collaboration with Kristin Neff, he also co-authored two books on MSC which obtained impressive popularity among the people. Chris claims that his MSC program has helped over 100,000 people around the world. Chris has been leading workshops and lectures on mindfulness and compassion worldwide.

He is captivated by the idea of self-compassion, which helped him to overcome his decades-long struggle with public speaking anxiety.

WORKSHOPS by Chris Germer

  • Five – Night Silent Retreat with Beth Mulligan and Hugh O’Neil, Guest Teaching with Chris Germer
  • Online MSC Core Skill Training (with Kristin Neff), Centrum voor Mindfulness, Amsterdam
  • Presence and Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy: A Foundational Approach (with Shari Geller)
  • Shame through New Eyes – European Center for Mindfulness, Freiburg, Germany
  • MSC Intensive – AWP, Berlin, Germany (in German)
  • Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive – Sedona Mago, AZ
  • Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training – Rolling Ridge, MA, US
  • Meditation and Psychotherapy annual conference, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (to be announced)
  • MSC Teacher Training, Toronto, Canada (to be announced)
  • 5-Day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive – Mennorode Retreat Center, Netherlands
  • Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Festival, Niagara Falls (on the Canadian side) (to be announced)
  • Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training – Madrid, Spain (in Spanish)
  • Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training – Sedona, Arizona
  • Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training – Götzis, Austria (in German)
  • MSC 2-Day Core Skills, Salzburg, Austria (TBA)
  • Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy – Montreal, CA (to be announced)
  • Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, Washington, DC (TBA)


  • Live Online MSC
  • MSC Community for Deepening Practice
  • MSC Circles of Practice
  • Master Series on the Clinical Application of Compassion
  • The Power of Self Compassion: A Step-by-Step Training to Bring Kindness and Inner Strength to Any Moment of Your Life
  • The Power of Therapeutic Presence: Mindfulness and Compassion for Clients and Clinicians

BOOKS by Chris Germer

  • Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals
  • The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook
  • The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion
  • Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

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