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Compassionate Mind Approach to Postnatal Depression

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September 19, 2022
September 20, 2022


For those who are unable to attend all of the live broadcast, this workshop will be recorded, and recordings will be available for up to one month after the live broadcast for you to watch in your own time. We will host this workshop via Zoom Meetings, and will send all relevant joining instructions a week before the workshop.


All timings are Greenwich Mean Time (GMT):

Day One 09:30hrs - 16:30hrs

Day Two 09:00hrs - 16:30hrs


This workshop is priced at a flat rate of £215. For those in difficult financial circumstances, who may struggle to afford this price, please contact

Compassionate Mind Approach to Postnatal Depression

About This Course

Having a baby can be a time of great joy, but also potentially a time of mixed emotions and difficult experiences.  Changes occur within our body, brain, and of course in our lives too.  These can be helpful and wonderful but can also make us feel unsteady, sometimes deeply so. The mind we, and others relate to us with at this time can be particularly important and powerful, both in terms of ourselves as parents, but also for our baby too.  

This workshop will look at the complexity of changes that occur when we become pregnant and have a baby and the particular impact of developing our compassionate mind during this important time.

It will give practical experience of how we develop the compassionate mind during the perinatal period with particular reference to some of the most challenging aspects, such as postnatal depression, trauma and loss.

Knowledge of the basics of Compassion Focused Therapy will be assumed.

Following this workshop participants are entitled to apply to join the compassion discussion list which is an international list for individuals who are committed to compassion focused therapy. It is not a general list of compassion interests.

Course Structure

Day 1

Morning Session:

Impact of mind of mother and baby

Parenting within an evolutionary context

Afternoon Session:

Perinatal changes in relation to the “three circles”

Secure base practice

Day 2

Morning Session:

Practice to begin

Perinatal trauma and loss

Afternoon Session:

Maternal ambivalence

Learning Objectives

To come away with some knowledge of:

1. The evolved motivations connecting the parent and child.

2. The changes that occur during the process of pregnancy and parenting

3. Working from a CFT perspective with some of the challenges people may experience in the perinatal period.

4. Practices that can help both the practitioner and their client manage what can be deeply challenging work.

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Online (via zoom)

This course is for

Other people
that are looking for a new way to introduce compassion based therapy into their practice.
Healthcare Professionals
Those working within the healthcare profession

Recommended Reading

The Compassionate Mind Approach To Postnatal Depression: Using Compassion Focused Therapy to Enhance Mood, Confidence and Bonding by Michelle Cree

The default response to uncertainty and the importance of perceived safety in anxiety and stress: An evolution-theoretical perspective. -

Brosschot JF, Verkuil B, Thayer JF.J Anxiety Disord. 2016 Jun;41:22-34. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2016.04.012. Epub 2016 May 7.

Hoekzema, E., Barba-Müller, E., Pozzobon, C. et al. Pregnancy leads to long-lasting changes in human brain structure. Nat Neurosci 20, 287–296 (2017).

Meet your instructor(s)

Michelle Cree

Michelle Cree

Clinical Psychologist


Can I attend this course without having completed an Introductory workshop?

Yes, this course is suitable for those who are new to CFT, although some knowledge of the basics may be helpful.

I can't attend live, can I watch the recordings after the live broadcast instead?

Unfortunately, the trainer has requested that due to the interactive nature of this workshop, and that it will contain a lot of group work, we feel you'd be missing too much of it's value if you cannot participate live.

I might have to miss a session due to prior commitments. Can I catch up later?

Yes, this absolutley fine. The workshop will be recorded, and you'll be able to catch up on anything you've missed for up to a month after the live broadcast.

My employer will be paying for this course. Can you arrange for an invoice?

Yes, towards the bottom of the page under the 'prices' section you will find a link to download a booking form for this workshop. Please fill this in and email to


If you wish to book via invoice, please click here to download our workshop booking form.

Terms and conditions

All places booked for our event, must be paid for prior to attending the event unless pre-agreed with management. Please note that we cannot confirm your place until we have received payment.
Should you be unable to attend the event, please contact our admin team as soon as possible via Refunds, less the Eventbrite administration fee, will be made if cancellations are received in writing up to one month before the event. Any cancellations received after this time will not be eligible for a refund, although we will consider exceptional circumstances.  While refunds for failure to attend cannot be made, you can transfer your event fee to a future event that will take place within 12 months of your booking without an additional penalty.
Please note that information about the event and venue are subject to change and cancellation. Occasionally, an event may have to be cancelled or postponed.  We will endeavour to inform you of any changes and cancellations as soon as possible via email. We cannot take responsibility for any resulting costs you may incur for travel, accommodation, any other related goods or service or other compensation should an event cancellation occur.
For all face-to-face events, lunch provided at the event will be vegetarian and will include eggs, but no meat or fish (though vegan options will also be made available). However, please advise us of any dietary requirements in the notes section whilst booking online and we will do our best to accommodate your request.