After presenting some new and older ideas about compassion, the human nervous system, therapy, and the challenges of living as a human being, Katie will invite us to explore some ways of bringing compassion to our bodies, of helping clients “safen” (Music, 2022) in their bodies, and of working with the reciprocal social signalling that happens in our therapeutic encounters. The theoretical grounding of this talk will be Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), and so will draw on the consilience that underpins CFT. In the spirit of curiosity and working from the position of ‘not knowing’, it is hoped that more questions will be raised than answers provided as we come together to explore embodied experiences of compassion.
Dr. Katie Baird is a practising compassion focused therapist, and the founder of the Irish Centre for Compassion Focused Therapy (ICCFT). Katie is a counselling psychologist with over 30 years experience working with young people and adults. Katie trained in the U.S. and has worked in mental health care and academic settings in Ireland for 22 years.
Katie is a Chartered Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and a member of the Division of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy. She is also a full member of the American Psychological Association (APA). Katie holds a doctorate degree in counselling psychology, a master’s degree in professional counselling, and an undergraduate degree in psychology. Her most recent additional training has been in the area of Compassion Focused Therapy.
Katie has co-authored peer-reviewed articles on the outcomes of CFT and Radically Open DBT, on the relationships among the dimensions of attachment and coping strategies, and on vicarious trauma.