ONLINE: CFT for Shame Based Difficulties in Sexual Minorities

This is an ONLINE one day workshop on the 11th September 2020

Conference Details

Presented By: Dr Nicola Petrocchi & Dr Hannah Gilbert

Date/Time: 11th September 2020 at 10:00am until 11th September 2020 at 4:00pm

Venue: Online

Location: TBC

Ticket Information
Online Registration: Student Rate

Please quote your student number when applying. This rate is also available to those on a low wage, benefits, etc - to apply for this rate, please email

Online Registration: Standard

Event Description

Workshop will run from 10am-4pm BST CPD certificates will be available.


Sexual minorities face unique experiences (e.g., stigma, discrimination) related to their sexual minority identity, which make them particularly prone to develop mental difficulties connected to high levels of shame, internalized stigma and self-criticism. In particular, research is increasingly suggesting that LGB individuals might struggle with developing a sense of “inner safeness” and tend to experience difficulties in generating a compassionate attitude towards themselves and others, and be open to the compassion coming from others. In this workshop we will explore how compassion focused therapy, a modern evolutionary and biopsychosocial psychotherapeutic approach, conceptualizes the mental difficulties that LGB individual might experience. Through instructions, experiential practices and reflective exercises we will show the core component of CFT and, in particular, how developing a sense of inner safeness through compassion and self-compassion counteracts the pathogenic effects of shame and self-criticism and promotes flourishing.


Additional Information


Background Reading


Petrocchi, N., Matos, M., Carvalho, S., & Baiocco, R. (2016). Compassion-Focused Therapy in the Treatment of Shame-Based Difficulties in Gender and Sexual Minorities. In Skinta, M. D., and A. Curtin (eds), Mindfulness and Acceptance for Gender and Sexual Minorities, (1st Edition), 69-86.

Pepping, C. A., Lyons, A., McNair, R., Kirby, J. N., Petrocchi, N., & Gilbert, P. (2017). A tailored compassion-focused therapy program for sexual minority young adults with depressive symptomatology: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trialBMC psychology, 5(1): 5.

Petrocchi, N., Pistella, J., Salvati, M., Carone, N., Laghi, F., & Baiocco, R. (2020). I Embrace my LGB Identity: Self-Reassurance, Social Safeness, and The Distinctive Relevance of Authenticity to Well-Being in Italian Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexual PeopleSexuality Research and Social Policy, 17: 75-86 

Petrocchi, N., & Cheli, S. (2019). The social brain and heart rate variability: Implications for psychotherapy. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 92: 207-223

Petrocchi, N., Dentale, F., & Gilbert, P. (2018). Self-reassurance, not self-esteem, serves as a buffer between self-criticism and depressive symptoms. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice. 92 (6)


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Workshop Leaders 


Dr Nicola Petrocchi  has A Ph.D in Psychology and Social Neuroscience from the Sapienza University of Rome, and is an adjunct professor at John Cabot University. He is a highly well regarded CFT psychotherapist, with many years of experience in teaching both therapy training and experiential workshops. Nicola established Compassionate Mind Italia, the Italian association for the research, training and dissemination of CFT in Italy, and also translated and edited Paul Gilbert's Compassion Focused Therapy: Distinctive Features into Italian. His research topic focuses on the physiological correlates of prosocial motivations, and the activation of compassion towards ourselves and others to overcome pathological self-criticism and improve psychophysiological wellbeing. He is the author of several national and international peer reviewed publications and book chapters.

Dr Hannah Gilbert  has a BA in Anthropology from Durham University, and a PhD in Sociology in the University of York, where her doctoral research project explored spiritual experiences and personal narrative in the British Spiritualist community. She has lectured and taught in Sociology, Psychology and Theology departments, and has an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling. She works as the Charity Development Officer for the Compassionate Mind Foundation, and is in the process of setting up her own compassion focused private practice in Derby.

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