Treating Self-Criticism with Attachment-Based Compassion Therapy

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Date Oct 14, 2015
Time 11:00 AM EDT
Cost $39.00
Do your clients love to hate themselves? Put them on the path to meaningful change by equipping them to replace harsh self-criticism with self-compassion.

Full Description:
Many clients are highly self-critical, which interferes with them making positive changes in their lives. They are often depressed and frequently anxious. Their self-criticism is sometimes motivated by a desperate need to perform well enough to earn the approval of others. It is also sometimes part of an effort to meet unrealistically high standards they set for themselves. 

Using an attachment-based compassion therapy perspective, Dr. Becker-Phelps will provide you with an effective framework and necessary tools to help these treatment-resistant clients overcome their harsh self-judgments. By guiding clients to develop compassionate self-awareness (self-awareness and self-compassion), they can learn to more fully understand their self-criticism, tolerate their distress, and transform their self-attacking into self-compassion.

Course Includes:
Live Q&A
Presentation Handout
Post session recording access
CE Credit

What You Will Learn:
Explain the compassion-based therapy framework and its grounding in attachment theory 
Analyze the motivations for, and consequences of, self-criticism
Identify steps for engaging treatment-resistant clients cooperatively in therapy
Apply specific interventions to develop client self-compassion
Utilize the therapeutic relationship to develop client self-compassion

Your Presenter:
LESLIE BECKER-PHELPS, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in New Jersey. She has a private practice and is on the medical staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – Somerset, where she has previously served as Clinical Director of Women’s Psychological Services and Chief of Psychology. Dr. Becker-Phelps provides expert advice on WebMD’s Relationships and Coping Community, writes regularly for WebMD’s relationships blog, and maintains the blog Making Change on Psychology Today’s website. She has also published the book Insecure in Love: How Anxious Attachment Can Make You Feel Jealous, Needy, and Worried and What You Can Do About It (New Harbinger Publications, 2014). 

Dr. Becker-Phelps is a warm and engaging speaker, who has presented nationally on a variety of mental health topics. Most recently, she has been presenting the Cross Country Education seminar, Building Secure Attachment. Learn more about Dr. Becker-Phelps at

Only registered attendees will have access to CE. A Cross Country Education web account is required to attend. There is no charge for a CCE web account. It is recommended that you join the meeting 15 to 20 minutes early. Speaker phone sound quality is poor and it is recommended that they not be used to listen to the event.

Technical requirements:
To view this webinar you will need to download the WebEx Application. You will be prompted to download it when you first enter the site. To save time, you can setup prior to the meeting by following this link:

Who Should Attend:
Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, Pastoral Counselors/Clergy, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Educators, Case Managers


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