​Dr. Barbara Whelan​ 

General Practitioner practicing in Psychotherapy


     Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) is an empirically supported program developed to enhance the skill of self compassion. It is described as being therapeutic but not therapy (it is not a substitute for individual therapy).

     Self Compassion can be defined as learning to treat yourself the way you would treat a good friend when they suffer, fail or fall short in someway. (definition from the Centerformsc Website). The Mindful Self Compassion Course was developed by Dr. Chris Germer and Dr. Kristin Neff. More information about MSC worldwide can be found on the Center for Mindful Selfcompassion website which can be found here: https://centerformsc.org/ .  ​​

     Barbara Whelan has been teaching Mindful Self Compassion since 2018.

Her next class will be held on Monday evenings from 6-9 pm from 23 Sept - 2 December 2019 with a half day silent retreat on Saturday 16 November 2019 (No class 14 October (Thanksgiving) nor 11 November) . * This course is now full, future contacts will be placed on a waiting list for the fall 2019 MSC course. 

​     If you have a valid OHIP card (and health care coverage for psychotherapy continues to be funded in the same way it is funded in April 2019), the cost to you will be $100 (for materials and Dr Whelan's time that is not funded by Ohip).  The class will take place at the GoodWill Centre located at 255 Horton St. East in London Ontario.

   If you wish to participate in this course, prior to attending the course it is highly recommended that you read one of the following two books:

​​The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions  by Christopher Germer  and/or 

Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself  - by Kristin Neff

Additionally, while participating in the course it is recommended that you have access to the newly published Self Compassion Workbook:

The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive coauthored by Drs. Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff 

(You will be required to obtain this on your own.)

    If you think you would like to participate in this MSC course taking place in the Autumn of 2019, please contact Dr. Whelan at drwhelan@mbctlondon.ca .  You will be emailed an intake package and once that's completed arrangements will be made for an individual meeting with Dr. Whelan to ensure that the timing and the content of the course are appropriate for your needs.

Thank you.