Training, CPD & Workshops

Online Workshop: Introduction to Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) for Perinatal Distress

Anxiety and depression are common experiences in the perinatal period. These can be accompanied by high levels of shame and self criticism which may lead to feelings of disconnection at a time when being able to access support and connecting with others is crucial. For some clients, trying to think or behave differently does little to help them feel safe, reassured or content. CFT seeks to build inner capacities for self soothing and self acceptance as well as to build safe connections with others.

The objective of this workshop is to provide an introduction to using CFT for perinatal distress and to increase knowledge and skills in formulating and delivering CFT interventions for parents experiencing depression and anxiety in the perinatal period. Moreover there will be an emphasis on working with shame and self criticism with this population.
All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding of CFT theory in the context of perinatal distress
  • Application of the three circle model of emotions to perinatal distress
  • Understanding of evolution as well as past experiences in the context of childbearing and new parenthood.
  • Assessment and formulation of perinatal distress using a CFT framework
  • Using soothing breathing rhythm and compassionate imagery practices with perinatal clients
  • Using the multiple selves exercise and working with shame and the inner critic

Target Audience

The workshop is aimed at mental health practitioners who are working with parents experiencing postnatal depression, anxiety, and bonding difficulties. The workshop will briefly cover the fundamental principles of Compassion Focused Therapy. To benefit the most from this workshop practitioners should have an introductory level understanding of CFT.

£ Fees: £120
  • Course Dates: TBC
  • Course Times: 9am - 3.30pm
  • Venue: Zoom

Workshop leader

Dr Christine Langhoff is a Clinical Psychologist and Director of Circle Psychology Partners. She is a member of the DCP Faculty of Perinatal Psychology and has a special interest in working with clients in the perinatal period. She is passionate about the applications of CFT in working with this client group. She has advanced level training in CFT and has attended numerous CPD courses for CFT therapists including with Prof Paul Gilbert, Prof Deborah Lee and Dr Michelle Cree. She sees clients in her private practice in Dulwich and provides CFT, ACT and CBT supervision to clinical and counselling psychologists.

online Workshop: Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) for birth trauma

The objective of this workshop is to deepen the knowledge and skills of clinicians who already have training and experience in delivering trauma interventions. It aims to enhance knowledge of the application of CFT for birth trauma and how to use CFT to work with shame, guilt and fear in birth trauma. The workshop will include discussion of practical CFT exercises and their application to birth trauma including compassionate imagery, the multiple self exercise and chair exercises. All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Learning Objectives

  • Assessment and formulation of birth trauma using a CFT framework
  • Working with shame, guilt and fear in birth trauma
  • Using compassionate imagery, multiple selves exercises and chair work with birth trauma

Target Audience

The workshop is aimed at clinical and counselling psychologists who already have some training and experience in delivering CFT interventions either with perinatal or other populations. You should ideally have completed an advanced level training course in CFT. Please note that in order to provide therapy for birth trauma you will also need to have training in therapy for trauma such as CBT, EMDR, NET. Complex trauma presentations will not be covered – please see the Compassionate Mind Foundation for CFT Training for Shame-based Trauma as well as for working with Complex Cases.

£ Fees: £120
  • Course Dates: TBC
  • Course Times: 9am - 3.30pm (UK time)
  • Venue: Zoom

Workshop leader

Dr Christine Langhoff is a clinical psychologist and director of Circle Psychology Partners. She is a member of the DCP Faculty of Perinatal Psychology and has a special interest in working with clients in the perinatal period. She is passionate about the applications of CFT in working with this client group. She has advanced level training in CFT and has attended numerous CPD courses for CFT therapists including with Prof Paul Gilbert, Prof Deborah Lee and Dr Michelle Cree. She sees clients in her private practice in Dulwich and provides CFT, ACT and CBT supervision to clinical and counselling psychologists.

Training, Workshops and CPD

The team at Circle Psychology Partners has extensive experience in teaching and training in a variety of different settings. We are able to tailor individual training packages to meet the needs of different organisations, such as Universities and NHS Trusts.

Moreover, we regularly deliver workshops for Counsellors, Psychologists, Healthcare Professionals and clients in London.

Our training is professional, accessible and engaging with a focus on learning practical skills which can be incorporated into everyday clinical practice of those who attend.We have an interest and expertise in delivering training courses in the following areas:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Setting up in Independent Practice
  • Motivational Interviewing for Healthcare Professionals
  • Using Psychological Interventions in Physical Healthcare
  • Working with Long-Term Conditions
  • Working in Multicultural Settings
  • Perinatal Mental Health for Healthcare Professionals
  • Parenting Workshops

Please contact Circle Psychology Partners to discuss a training commission or find out about upcoming workshops.

Coaching Packages and Supervision for setting up in private practice are available with Dr Christine Langhoff.