Sanae Kishimoto

Work: Certified MSC (Mindful Self-Compassion) Trained Teacher / MSC Japan Co-Founder / Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Sanae Kishimoto, Master of Human Sciences and Master of Public Health double-major holder is a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Trained Teacher as well as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher in training through UC San Diego Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute. She has also completed the certificate program in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (IMP) that was founded by clinical psychologists at Harvard University. She is currently doing outcome research for mindfulness and self-compassion at Kyoto University School of Public Health as a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) candidate while teaching MBSR and MSC at Waseda University. In addition, she is co-teaching MSC 2-day core skills training at Keio University School of Medicine this spring. She is the founder of Mindful CARE Japan along with advisors who are clinical psychologists at Harvard University as well as the founder of MSC Chris Germer, PhD, and President of IMP, Susan Pollak, EdD.

She was born in Tokyo and is a certified clinical psychologist, previously working at Pediatric and Obstetrics and Gynecology (Ob/Gyn) in Japan. She has also worked at Arthur Andersen as a healthcare management consultant.

After moving to Boston, she completed her Master of Public Health at Harvard University, worked at the Institute for Professionalism & Ethical Practice at Children’s Hospital Boston, and later, as a Quality Assurance Manager in Ob/Gyn at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital.

Her lifelong passion for quality of patient family-centered interdisciplinary care is incorporated in her Japanese license as a clinical psychologist, educational and professional background.

Her life whilst living in Boston, Massachusetts, has given her ample opportunities to learn and practice mindfulness meditation from Larry Rosenberg and his fellow teachers at Center for Wellness at Harvard University and Cambridge Insight Meditation Center. She enjoys contributing to integrate mindfulness and compassion elements into the quality of care and safety in clinical settings while working with general populations for their overall well-being.

She is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor whose deep, painful, and ongoing journey for recovery has been aided by mindfulness and self-compassion. TBI specialists at Harvard Univeristy encouraged her to continue to meditate for brain recovery throughout and she continues to benefit from their advice and this practice to this day.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training is an empirically-supported program designed to cultivate self-compassion using meditation, daily life practices, lecture, group exercises and discussion.  This workshop will introduce self-compassion, and provide some examples of MSC program from Christopher Germer, PhD, the author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion – Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions as well as Kristin Neff, Ph.D, the author of Self-Compassion. Sanae trusts that wisdom and compassion are interconnected as two wings and mindful self-compassion gives us inner strength, flexibility and deeper insights which she hopes to share with you.

Her next training session, 2-day Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills Training (fully booked) takes place at Keio University School of Medicine from April 15th, 2017.


  • 04/12/2017: “Softening Your Inner Critic with Self-Compassion”