Is This You?

  • I am my own worst enemy.
  • When I fail, I get really down on myself.
  • I feel like something is holding me back.
  • I feel stuck and unable to change.
  • I’m ready to live my best life, now!

Health Benefits of Self-Compassion

  • Lower levels of stress, anxiety and depression
  • More creativity, productivity and success
  • Resiliency in the face of change or struggle
  • Easily make and sustain healthy habits
  • I’m ready to live my best life, now!

The Research

A randomized, controlled trial demonstrated that MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Improvements were linked to how much a person practiced mindfulness and self-compassion in their daily lives. For the full-text article, please click here (PDF).

Mindful Self-Compassion 8 Week Course

Mondays from 6-8:30pm, October 23 to December 11, 2017.

What is the practice of Mindful Self Compassion?

The practice ofMindful Self-Compassion is to be aware of our thoughts and emotions in the moment, without judgment, and to use our own kind and supportive voice for comfort.

Why learn to do this? At our core we all want a stabile baseline of happiness in our life, but the simple reality is; stuff happens. Things go wrong. People upset us. Mistakes are made and negative emotions arise. So having the knowledge of how to experience them, deal with them and move on, then actually doing it…well,

It’s the hardest-most rewarding work we’ll ever do in our lifetime.

Who’s It for? Humans …we could all benefit.
Take on this new year:

  • with a happier state of mind, investing in your health, both body and mind,
  • ready to take on new responsibilities in your career or business with better ease
  • by letting go of old habits that don’t serve your well being,
  • geting along better with your mother-in-law, or that difficult co-worker.

Don’t go it on your own, join our class of like-minded people ready to get down and do some life changing work. Why?

So you can plain and simple feel better, happier.

“I had the opportunity to attend Cynthia’s Mindful Self-Compassion course in 2016 and recommend it wholeheartedly. The information and exercises made it possible for me to overcome a difficult situation with a coworker. Continuing the practice has also helped me deal with and reduce back pain. I am so grateful that I was able to be a part of this significant training. Thank you, Cynthia!” – Crystal Darby, Senior Business Advisor

This class will teach you how to:

  • Stop being so hard on yourself
  • Navigate emotions with greater ease
  • Motivate yourself with encouragement
  • Transform difficult relationships
  • How to be your own Inner Ally

You will walk away with:

  • Techniques to deal with challenging situations
  • Mindfulness & self-compassion practices for everyday
  • The theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
  • How to become your own best version of yourself

Class meets every Monday night from 6:00-8:30pm, starting Oct 23rd and going through Dec 11th. This is the course that is selling out across the world, as people realize that Self-Compassion is a critical component to emotional and physical health.

MSC 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. MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience. Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing—being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity. Self-compassion involves responding to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy and understanding so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we’re hurting. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional wellbeing. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

Cynthia, I just have to tell you that the work we have been doing with self-compassion has completely changed how I’m approaching my work and my life. Thank you so much for doing this important work.
Rex Scheuller, CPA
I highly recommend Dr. Cynthia Phelps for her vast background in mental health, technology. I have observed her leadership first hand. This is a professional you need to get to know!
Debbie Oveland, CEO

I took Cynthia’s MSC course in 2016, and I’m very glad I did. As an entrepreneur, my emotional well-being can take a beating as I navigate the daily stresses of running a business while maintaining confidence and dealing with challenges. Cynthia’s course helped me learn to be more comfortable with my thoughts, and to embrace both the positive and negative emotions that drive my decision making. I highly recommend this course to anyone who feels they are their own worst critic.

Alfred Mesquiti - Entrepreneur

Cynthia is an authentic, inspired, and intuitive teacher. I am truly glad I had the experience of being in her class. Best decision ever!

Vicky Romero - Owner Plumquest LLC

I had the opportunity to attend Cynthia’s Mindful Self-Compassion course in 2016 and recommend it wholeheartedly. The information and exercises made it possible for me to overcome a difficult situation with a coworker. Continuing the practice has also helped me deal with and reduce back pain. I am so grateful that I was able to be a part of this significant training. Thank you, Cynthia!

Crystal Darby, Senior Business Advisor

Cynthia! I’m so glad you are doing the class again. I credit it with helping me recover from my PTSD issues, and I took up Watercolor painting and it significantly removed my nightmare issues almost over-night.

D'Ann Williams

Cynthia’s Mindful Self-Compassion workshop was transformational, healing, and provided tangible techniques to handle life’s sticky situations. I feel more equipped with tools to cope with my inner critic. I feel more ease and acceptance in my personal and professional life. It has been an exciting inward journey, I am truly grateful for this experience and wish you have just as meaningful takeaways as I did from Cynthia’s course.

Lily Jacobson




What is the Format?

Mindful Self-Compassion training (MSC) is a 8 week course that meets weekly and includes one half-day retreat.

Each session roughly follows this format:

  • Opening mini meditation
  • Review of last session
  • Weekly topic
  • Informal exercise
  • Closing meditation

Each session is followed by a home practice, where you have the option to put what you learned to work for you over the week. A part of what makes this course successful is establishing a daily practice for yourself that will extend beyond the time of the course.

I Don’t Meditate!

Don’t worry! This course is appropriate for people who have had no experience meditating and also those who have a regular practice. Meditation is just another tool that is used to help you learn and practice self-compassion. It is not religious-based, but can be incorporated into any faith practice, or none at all.

Not in San Antonio?

You can check out other courses HERE.
See were Kristin is Speaking HERE.
Check out the Teacher Training HERE.

What Can I Expect?

We begin the MSC Course by creating a community that is kind and supportive to nurture growth and learning.

Session 1 – Discovering Mindful Self-Compassion

Session 2 – Practicing Mindfulness

Session 3 – Practicing Loving Kindness

Session 4 – Discovering Your Compassionate Voice

Session 5 – Living Deeply

Session 6 – Meeting Difficult Emotions

Session 7 – Exploring Challenging Relationships

Session 8 – Embracing Your Life

Each of these sessions builds on the previous session to carefully teach you the knowledge and impart the skills of Self-Compassion.

Where is it?

The Center for Life

Who is Teaching?

Cynthia Phelps, PhD
Compassion Coach, CEO InnerAlly Inc
Dr. Phelps completed the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher training program in 2015 in Garrison NY. She is developing programs that integrate Inner Compassion with Recovery, and developing mobile apps to help people support their own mental wellness.

How Much Does it Cost?

The course is $349. Compare to prices in Austin at $500 and San Francisco at $600! What a deal.

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Mindful Self-Compassion Credentials

Dr. Phelps completed the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher training program in 2015 in Garrison NY.

MSC is a program created by Dr. Kristin Neff and is effective at raising people’s levels of Self-Compassion. Self Compassion is critical for behavior change, as research shows that people who are able to treat themselves kindly are more motivated to change, and better able to sustain long-term changes.


Professional Credentials

Dr. Phelps received her PhD in Pharmacology with a focus in Neuroscience from Michigan State University.

She went on to do research at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston in Learning and Memory, and then transitioned to the School of Health Information Science and studied the use of technology for learning and behavior change.

She founded Health eDesigns LLC a company that develops custom technologies for mental health professionals. In this capacity she has worked with the Veterans Administrations to develop apps for Veterans with Bipolar Disorder, and with Trinity University Faculty to design mental healthy mobile surveys.

Dr. Phelps founded InnerAlly Inc., a startup company that is using positive psychology research to improve mental wellness through mobile games and apps.