Rachelle Pullmer, PhD

Rachelle Pullmer, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University

Rachelle is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Program for Obesity, Weight, and Eating Research at Yale School of Medicine. Rachelle received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Simon Fraser University, following completion of her pre-doctoral internship at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Rachelle’s dissertation, funded by a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, focused on elucidating the role of self-compassion in adolescent psychological distress, body dissatisfaction, and eating pathology. Rachelle has furthered her training by attending several mindfulness and self-compassion based courses, and has benefited from utilizing these approaches both as a clinician and in her own daily practice.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) for Skeptical Highly-Driven Perfectionists
Sunday, May 3, 2020 — 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

In a busy, cut-throat, goal-oriented society, is there room for being kind to ourselves? Does being kind to yourself make you lazy, unmotivated and lacking the ferocity necessary to ‘make it in life’? Is self-compassion just a pity party for oneself?

All of these questions will be addressed in this experiential and hands-on workshop, as participants explore self-compassion through the lens of a “skeptic”. Kristin Neff’s three-pronged model of Self Compassion will be presented, along with several exercises that have a mindfulness focus. Recent literature on Self-Compassion will be showcased, including evidence supporting self-compassion’s role in psychopathology (e.g. anxiety, depression), overall well-being, and motivation. Participants will be also be invited to share their triumphs, tribulations, and doubts with regards to self-compassion in small groups, and collaborate and share ways to incorporate kindness into our daily lives.

Participants will come away with:

  • Understanding recent evidence on self-compassion and its role in well-being and psychopathology (e.g. anxiety, depression)
  • Exploring doubts and skepticism towards self-compassion, and what one can do to address these doubts
  • Learning tangible, practical and highly applicable exercises to practice self-compassion in everyday life