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Schema-informed CBT for the Perinatal Period: Formulation and Experiential Skills by Dr Helen Startup and Dr Cathy Green

  • 17 Dec 2019
  • 18 Dec 2019
  • London

Schema-informed CBT for the Perinatal Period: Formulation and Experiential Skills

Two-day workshop: 17-18th  December, 2019
The BPS, 30 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4UE, United Kingdom

with Dr Helen Startup and Dr Cathy Green, Clinical Psychologists

More than one in ten women will develop a mental illness in pregnancy or the year after birth. These illnesses can cause intense suffering for women and their families. They can also have an adverse impact on the interaction between a mother and her baby, affecting the child’s emotional, social and cognitive development. For women who have suffered complex developmental trauma the transition to motherhood can be a particularly challenging and vulnerable time. Pregnancy or parenthood may trigger painful memories, precipitate strong emotions which are hard to manage, reduce access to usual ways of coping and make relationships, particularly with baby difficult to navigate.

This is a unique workshop designed for clinicians with experience in cognitive behavioural approaches (or other allied modalities) working with women in the perinatal period, interested in expanding skills for working with women with more complex needs and where there are significant relational challenges, or where she has not responded to standard treatment.

The workshop will cover the fundamental concepts and techniques of schema theory. There will be a practical emphasis on supporting attendees to feel confident in (1) formulating complex perinatal presentations via mode mapping, and (2) in the change techniques of: chair work, imagery work, limited reparenting and empathic confrontation.  We will also explore methods for enhancing the ‘Healthy Adult’ mode where individuals have limited positive internal dialogues. We will discuss strategies for their integration within time-limited CBT.


Dr Helen Startup is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.  She is co-lead for Psychology and Psychological Therapies for the Sussex Eating Disorders Service. Helen is an accredited CBT therapist/supervisor and Schema Therapy Supervisor and Trainer and is passionate about improving outcomes for those with complex mental health needs. 

Dr Cathy Greenis acting Lead Clinical Psychologist for the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust Community Perinatal Services where she oversees the provision of specialist perinatal psychological therapies for women with moderate to severe mental illness receiving care in the London boroughs of Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark and Croydon. Cathy is an accredited CBT therapist and has previously worked in a national specialist anxiety disorders service. She is passionate about improving mental health outcomes for women in the perinatal period, particularly those with more complex needs. 

For more details see: www.schematherapyschool.co.uk

Email: info@schematherapyschool.co.uk

Why Schema Therapy?

Schema therapy has been extensively researched to effectively treat a wide variety of typically treatment resistant conditions, including Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Read our summary of the latest research comparing the dramatic results of schema therapy compared to other standard models of psychotherapy.

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