The Self Compassion App 12+

Support, Therapy & Wellbeing


Designed for iPhone

    • 4.8 • 553 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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The Self-Compassion App is for you if you want to feel happier, calmer & more connected. Whether you get caught up in cycles of stress and anxiety, regularly give yourself a hard time or struggle to relax and enjoy the moment – this app can help.
The app includes scientifically-validated practices from Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), with 50+ tools to help you when life gets hard. Be guided by Drs Chris Irons and Elaine Beaumont – leading authorities on self-compassion, who collectively have 40+ years of experience as therapists and have helped tens of thousands of people.
This app has undergone a nationwide study, with participants showing significant reductions in stress, anxiety, self criticism, and increases in wellbeing. Anyone can develop self-compassion and enjoy all its benefits – we look forward to showing you how.

Why self-compassion?

We are often our own harshest critic, talking to ourselves in ways that we would never do our close friends. Given that we spend more time with ourselves than anyone else, isn’t it strange that many of us don’t treat ourselves with the same level of kindness, care and support as we do our close friends? Now is your time to start. 
With evidence based ideas and exercises from CFT, this app will teach you how to cultivate compassion for yourself and others. Through the course, you’ll learn how to strike a balance between self improvement & self acceptance: teaching you how to have a realistic but kind view of difficulties that arise in life, and giving you the confidence you need to achieve your goals in life, work and relationships.
A toolkit for managing the ups and downs of life.
Reduce anxiety, stress & depression
Improve mood & wellbeing
Reduce feelings of shame & low self-esteem
Better understand yourself
Increase your confidence
Improve your productivity
Appreciate the good in every day
Develop your relationships
Feel calm & grounded
Be kinder to yourself
And more...
There’s something for everyone:
Visual breathing tools to bring you back to the present
Sleep stories & meditations
HIIT and yoga videos to get you moving
Mindfulness audio guides
Cutting-edge tools to measure & improve your heart rate variability
Journaling to create habits of positivity
Step-by-step reflective exercises to help you manage difficult emotions
Surveys to measure your progress
And more!

About Chris Irons & Elaine Beaumont

Dr Chris Irons and Dr Elaine Beaumont are leading therapists and researchers in the field of CFT and compassionate mind training. They have written extensively about the topic, publishing the best seller The Compassionate Mind Workbook: A Step by Step Guide to Cultivating your Compassionate self.

Join our community

We’re so excited to see you all loving the app – we’re passionate about the benefits of self-compassion
and feel very lucky to be able to share the joys of it with others.
"I've had a problem with low self-esteem, always thinking that I'm not good enough and this app has helped me immensely." Stacey Hodkinson
"It's been really helpful and made me much more aware of my negative thought patterns ... I'm feeling more confident and more courageous." Patricia Quinn
"It's almost like 28 therapy sessions, but with tools to support you when you need." Dan Stone

We know how tricky it can be on your own to turn advice into action. That’s why we’ve created this app – to guide you into applying the best insights from CFT to your own life in daily, actionable steps so that you can create meaningful change. We know therapy isn’t an option for everyone – our mission is to create an app that is more effective than a book, and more accessible than therapy.
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What’s New

Version 1.21

The Self-Compassion app gives you tried and tested guided tools by experts Chris Irons and Elaine Beaumont, helping you cultivate your compassionate mind. Have immediate support, step-by-step, with a full interactive toolkit. This update brings bug fixes and performance improvements to create an even better first-use experience.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
553 Ratings

553 Ratings

MS4367 ,

Content is great!

Thank you for taking the time to respond. I appreciate the problems regarding synchronisation and did unlock the course and tools, which was very helpful for reading on a tablet. I have not been able to find a quarterly payment plan for this app when searching within Subscriptions. A quarterly plan would be very helpful.

I love the content of the app. Have read books about a compassionate mindset and this app really helps to develop self compassion and a compassionate mind. It would be nice though to synchronise the content between devices. While it is great to have the app on the phone, I cannot read the content of the course well and switch to my tablet. But because of lack of synchronisation, the course is at a different levels on the two devices. The other point is the payment. I understand that £50 is a reasonable amount for such good content, on the level of a therapy session if you are lucky, but it is still a lot of money to pay in one go for some. It would be nice to have a choice of monthly payments.

Developer Response ,

Hi there! Thanks for taking time to leave us a review - I am glad you're enjoying the app. Unfortunately, yes due to security and privacy reasons, the data does not sync across devices. I'm sorry about this and any inconvenience this may cause for you! The best way around this is by unlocking the tools and course sessions in the settings, allowing you to dive into whichever practice you would like on either device at any point. Additionally, we do have the option to listen which might help you with the wisdoms, so that you don't need to rely on reading them on your phone screen? Thanks for your feedback about price too - we have found people generally prefer the yearly (unfortunately we don't have a monthly or quarterly option) price point, but understand this can be a lot to pay. Therefore, we do give away 10% of our subscriptions away for free, to those who cannot afford it - please feel free to email us at to find out more.

AsmitaPalmer ,

The app I’ve been waiting for!

Thank you, Chris & Elaine for developing this amazing app. It’s a great standalone app for understanding yourself better and how to be more compassionate with yourself and others. As a therapist, this app really helps me to ‘practice what I preach’ in my daily work and I am noticing the benefits to myself in my personal life. The clients I have recommended this app to are reporting they are finding it enormously helpful and easy to engage with on a daily basis. It is a great resource for therapists to refer their clients to, with tangible benefits to their progress in therapy. I am also finding that for those who like the app but fancy a deeper dive into some of the modules, the developers’ ‘Compassionate Mind Workbook’ is a great complementary resource that can be used alongside the app, with the app providing the relevant guided practices that the workbook refers to. I have also recommended the app to a number of close friends and family members and planning to ‘gift’ it to to one or two people for Christmas - the ultimate gift that keeps on giving!

Developer Response ,

Hi there. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this really lovely review. We are so glad to hear you have been enjoying the app and are incredibly grateful for your recommendations!

qwertyuiopasdfghjklc ,

A wonderful resource!

This app is unbelievably helpful and a wonderful resource for everyone! What I love about it most is that it greets you personally at different times of the day when you go online and you can use the ‘quick tools’ section to ground yourself/ do some ‘calming breathing’ and ‘express yourself’ in your own journaling space (where you can note down and reflect upon how you are feeling/ how your day is going/ what you are grateful for/ your personal insights and compassionate intentions). It is incredibly well designed, thought through and especially encouraging, as if you had your very own compassion coach by your side. Your commitment is even praised with a daily running ‘streak’ count! And as a result helps you form healthy and consistent compassionate habits. The quote from Pema Chodron is perfect too regarding the importance of self-kindness whilst cultivating compassion for oneself and for others. In a nutshell, this app is nothing short of amazing! Definitely one for keeps!

Developer Response ,

Hi there! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review and for sharing such lovely, positive words! The team and I are so glad to hear that you have been enjoying your experience with the app and that you've been finding it so helpful! We truly hope you continue to find it helpful as you progress further through the course and develop your compassionate self!

App Privacy

The developer, PSYT, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Used to Track You

The following data may be used to track you across apps and websites owned by other companies:

  • Purchases
  • Location
  • Contact Info
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Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Purchases
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  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Data Not Linked to You

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Privacy practices may vary based on, for example, the features you use or your age. Learn More

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