Books & Resources 

The Gifts of Compassion: How to understand and overcome suffering 

“In this beautifully written book, esteemed clinical psychologist and therapist Stan Steindl takes us on a personal journey into the ups and downs of what it is to be human and reveals both the challenges and the joys of building one’s compassionate mind.”

— Professor Paul Gilbert OBE, Founder of Compassion Focused Therapy and bestselling author

Life can be complicated. And sometimes, really very difficult. We may struggle with many common life challenges: in relationships, parenting, and work, just to name a few. We can end up suffering from stress, anxiety, and depression, or loneliness, isolation or shame.

But did you know that a lot of that suffering comes from within? Rumination and self-criticism are uniquely human thought processes, developed over hundreds of thousands of years. Our brains evolved into an impressive and complex organ that helped us to survive a primitive world, and yet today may yell at us with harsh and hostile criticism, sometimes even over the smallest thing!

In fact, critical self-talk is very common. And it flies just under the radar of our conscious mind — condemning and undermining us with its inner voice. This book will show you how to do better — to turn anguish into delight through the use of our Compassionate Self.

Through a clear series of steps and practices, noted clinical psychologist Dr Stan Steindl explains how compassion evolved as a vital part of our nature and thought, and the way we look after one another, and even ourselves. He then shows how to use our compassion as a key to a healthier mental life.

With personal vignettes illustrating the therapeutic benefits of compassion focused therapy, practical exercises that use mindfulness and imagery to help us develop attention to the present moment, and a wealth of guidance on self-criticism, shame and forgiveness, this book can change your life.

Gifts of Compassion Personal Practice Workbook 

This workbook is designed to accompany The Gifts of Compassion: How to understand and overcome suffering. Following the same chapter structure as the book, it presents a series of exercises and activities designed to deepen your understanding and practice of compassion for others, receiving compassion from others, and offering compassion to yourself and your own challenges and struggles.

 Compassion in a T-shirt- The first 35 scripts

By Clinical Psychologist Dr Stan Steindl

Includes Topics such as:

✦  Fears, Blocks and Resistances to Compassion

✦  Suffering, Compassion, and Getting Started

✦  Let’s Talk about Self-Compassion!

✦  Opening Up! To Receiving Compassion

Compassion in a T-Shirt is Dr Stan Steindl’s YouTube channel, where he discusses a whole host of topics and ideas related to compassion and self-compassion, as well as compassion focused therapy, an approach to psychological therapy developed by Professor Paul Gilbert and designed to help people cultivate their compassionate mind to assist with life’s difficulties.

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The Compassion Initiative Podcast

This Podcast series features Dr Stan Steindl and Dr James Kirby, both Clinical Psychologists. Stan and James are the co-founders of The Compassion Initiative. The podcast series is a relaxed informal ongoing conversation between Stan and James about issues related to compassion. 

Tip Sheets and Worksheets

The Tricky Brain Tip Sheet

The Tricky Brain Tip Sheet is based on Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) principles. The aim of the Tip Sheet is to provide a simple and easy to follow guide for people to understand some very tricky concepts. Often this Tip Sheet is used to begin the foundations of understanding our brains and how they can get us caught up in loops. Please feel free to download and use.

Compassionate Best Tip Sheet

The Compassionate Best Tip Sheet is based on Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) principles and is focused on our morning routine. Please feel free to download and use.