1. Managing Director

Compassion and love are not a luxury. As the source both of inner and external peace, they are fundamental to the survival of our species. - Dalai Lama

Welcome to Portland Center for Compassion

Our mission is to share the benefits of compassion and mindfulness; help alleviate suffering and to inspire the cultivation of joy.

Teenagers today face many challenges, often including intense expectations and pressures from their parents, teachers, and friends. Sometimes, however, their harshest critics are not any of these other people, but themselves. Could self-compassion help?  

Mindfulness – Helps teens cultivate skills of self-awareness and emotional resilience.
Self-Compassion - Helps teens to respond to challenges they face with greater self-kindness and self-care.
WellBeing - Preliminary studies show a 32% reduction in depression for teens who practice self-compassion.

Interested? Please send us a message from our Contact Form.

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Current Class Offerings
Charter for Compassion

Mindful Self-Compassion Training

Compassion Cultivation Training

Compassionate Psychotherapy

MSC provides the powerful tools for emotional resilience. Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing—being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings with a spirit of openness and curiosity. Self-compassion involves responding to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy and understanding. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.
This 8 week training  program is designed to cultivate the qualities of compassion, empathy and kindness for oneself and for others. CCT integrates traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. The course was developed at Stanford University by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers. 
There are moments in our lives when something inside calls to us for change. Sometimes it is because the pain is unbearable and sometimes it is because, although life is good, we know it can be better – more alive, fulfilling and joyful.
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Upcoming Groups
  1. Making Friends with Yourself Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens
    Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens Spring, 2018 Training February 1 - March 22, 2018 8 Thursdays 5:00-6:30 pm Fee: $325
  2. Mindful Self-Compassion Training
    Winter 2017 Training November 1 - December 20, 2017 Retreat: Saturday December 2, 2017 8 Wednesdays 6:30 -9:00 pm Fee: $425
  3. Compassion Cultivation Training
    TBD
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Please visit our information page or call 971-258-7252 for more information

What People Are Saying

  1. “The eight-week course with Celedra was not only a delight--being with her calm, committed and devoted energy--but it helped me to feel more grounded and aware of my vision. Celedra nourished a safe circle for each of us to further grow to know and accept ourselves.” -Deb
  2. “The self compassion groups led by Dr. Celedra Gildea have made a significant difference in my life. Although I am a seasoned therapist and have had a good deal of my own therapy, self compassion was always difficult for me. The combination of readings and directed meditations along with the warmth, humor, depth and ability to negotiate tragedy as well as play shared by Dr. Gildea is remarkable and has been a gift to me in self acceptance and less judgement of others.” Gail
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