‘Postnatal depression’ – a misnomer
Understanding and treating perinatal mental health conditions with psychotherapy
This workshop explores what happens when becoming a mother brings with it feelings of despair, loss, disappointment, frustration, stigmatization, and silencing?
- Postnatal depression – the oversimplification of mental health conditions in childbirth
- A broader and deeper understanding – perinatal psychological distress
- The pathogenesis of this condition
- Why it matters – The consequences of it
- Treatment at present – antidepressants vs psychotherapy and NHS funding
- Group vs Individual treatment
- The therapeutic relationship
- Using psychotherapy effectively with this client group
We will explore the huge diversity in meaning of, and identity of ‘mother’ in our different multi-cultural societies and how intergenerational scripting and epigenetics play a part in our perception of this meaning. In psychotherapy and counselling the blame is often placed on the mother, yet being a mother can also seem like the hardest job in the world.
Course Tutor: Emma Haynes, MSc, CTA, PTSTA, UKCP. Emma is a psychotherapist and supervisor working in private practice, specializing in perinatal mental health conditions and is currently studying for a PhD, researching treatment options for women with perinatal psychological distress. Emma is passionate about helping women who are struggling in the perinatal period. Women who do seek treatment have little choice in modalities of care offered; they are often faced with difficult choices that they may perceive as harmful to either/both themselves and/or their infant. Women who are able to choose seem to prefer psychological therapies such as psychotherapy as a first option, rather than psychotropic medication. Emma is keen to widen the treatment options for women and also address the stigma and silencing there seems to be around this condition.
A Link Centre certificate will be presented at the end of the course.
Cancellation Policy: 50% refund will be given on cancellations with more than 7 days’ notice.
This workshop is non residential but there is local accommodation available from £35 per night.
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