Compassion Focused Therapy For Postnatal Depression

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The Compassionate Mind Approach to Postnatal Depression and other difficulties around having a baby: Using Compassion Focused Therapy to enhance mood, confidence, and bonding.

“I thought having a baby was supposed to be joyful?” 

This workshop includes practical experience of some of the compassionate mind training exercises. Participants are welcome to bring case material for discussion. The workshop is aimed at practitioners who are working with women experiencing postnatal depression, anxiety, and bonding difficulties and assumes prior knowledge of Compassion Focused Therapy.

Dates & Timings

18 January, 2022

9.30am – 4.30pm (UK & Irish Time)


When we have a baby, we hope we will feel joy, contentment, and love. Indeed, we are surrounded by images on television and in magazines that suggest this is how we should feel. For many however, this is not the experience. The tragedy is that not only can our time with a new baby be very difficult, but when we struggle, we can feel that somehow, we are to blame for this. But when we shame and blame ourselves it can be very hard to find our way through this potentially challenging time. 

This workshop looks at how shifting our relationship to ourselves from one of shame and blame to one of kindness, support, encouragement, non-judgment, and compassion profoundly affects us, even at a physiological level, and can offer us a way through even the most of difficult experiences.  It also looks at the parent-infant relationship and how the Compassionate Mind Approach can offer some powerful interventions and insights.

During the workshop we will address: 

  • Some of the many influences which “throw us off course” when we have a baby, which we do not choose but which we can end up blaming ourselves for.
  • Some of the myths of new motherhood which suggest we are “off course” when we are not.
  • How to develop a Compassion Focused formulation to understand how influences from our earlier life experiences may come to bear on becoming a mother. 
  • Techniques for building our compassionate mind in relation to postnatal depression, and other perinatal difficulties such as anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and a struggle to bond.

Workshop Facilitator

Michelle Cree is a Compassionate Mind Foundation trainer and supervisor and has trained a diverse range of individuals and professional groups in CFT across the UK and further afield.

Brief Biography

Michelle worked for 17 years as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with the Derby Perinatal Mental Health Service, which provides inpatient and community care for mothers suffering from a severe mental illness in pregnancy and up to one year postnatal. She delivered individual and group interventions based on Compassion Focused Therapy. She also developed a 12 week Compassionate Mind course for staff in Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust.

She has published a paper outlining the use of Compassionate Mind Training with Perinatal distress in a special edition of the International Journal of Cognitive Therapy in 2010 and she is the author of “The Compassionate Mind Approach to Postnatal Depression: Using Compassion Focussed Therapy to enhance Mood, Confidence and Bonding”. This has recently been selected for the Reading Well recommended titles for Books on Prescription. It is the first book on perinatal mental health to be included in the list.

Workshop Costs

Earlybird Price (ends 01 December 2021) – £165

 Standard Price – £195

Group Rate – 10 or more attendees – £145 (please contact us at to request an invoice)


£50 cancellation fee up to 14 days before the workshop, £100 cancellation fee within 14 days of the workshop date. No refunds can be given to cancellations made less than 72 hours prior to the workshop date.

Registration and Invoicing

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    Event Detail

    January 18, 2022 9:30 am
    January 18, 2022 4:00 pm


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