Working with Depression


Only £97.00



Grow Your Professional Confidence

Gain more clients

Learn New Methods of Support


Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions: between four and 10% of the UK population will have an experience of depression throughout their lifetime. 

I’m Natasha,



Founder of My Little Therapy Box, experienced B.A.C.P accredited Psychotherapist/Counsellor. I know first-hand the complexities of working with clients who experience depression. Sometimes as therapists we can feel stuck and unsure of how to best support our clients going through depression. This course is perfect for you if you want to increase your confidence working with depression. Gain new therapeutic tools to use with your clients in therapy and understand the power of compassion and how it can be used as a tool to help clients make progress in overcoming depression. 

This course is delivered by Dr Chris Irons. Expert in the field of compassion focused therapy (CFT). 

Dr Chris Irons is a Clinical Psychologist, He has many years of experience working in the NHS, and is now co-director of Balanced Minds and wrote several books on the subject of CFT.  He brings a breadth of experience to this training course.

Chris has worked with Paul Gilbert, the developer of Compassion Focused Therapy, since 1999, and has been interested in the theoretical and clinical developments and adaptations of Compassion Focused Therapy as a science based psychotherapeutic approach. He is one of the leading trainers and supervisors of Compassion Focused Therapy.

In the working with depression course, you’ll learn how to better support your clients going through depression. Using theories derived from compassion focussed therapy. 

Helping you to grow in professional confidence, and support your clients on their road to recovery.


✓ This course is for therapists and other mental health professionals who are looking to develop their skills, and complete their CPD (Continued Professional Development) in a fun and friendly way.

✓ This online training is ideal for those who want to complete their CPD at a time that is convenient to them.

✓ Once you have purchased the course you will have access for life.

✓ With experiential practices  you will gain practical tools and exercises to use with your clients. 


Through the Working With Depression Course you’ll:

Feel more confident working with depression

Understand the psychology of depression 

Gain practical therapeutic tools to use in therapy/helping relationship

Explore key theories that underpin the work we do with clients experiencing depression

Receive a framework to help support your clients through depression

Complete 7 hours of CPD, with a certificate provided at the end of the course

What You Can Expect: Modules and Lessons

Module 1: What is depression

In the first of our modules, you’ll learn all about what depression is, explore the psychology of depression and why people become depressed. It will also cover an introduction to compassion focussed therapy. Lesson one: What is depression
Lesson two: An introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy  


Module 2: Mind loops and depression 

In module two, we’ll cover mind loops and depression understanding the new and old brain.  Using mindfulness for depression and look at the three system model when working with depression.

This module will also provide an evolutionally analysis of the function of emotion.

Lesson one: Mind loops and depression new and old brain, using mindfulness for depression 
Lesson two: An evolutionally analysis of the function of emotion 


Module 3: The three system model


In this module we will explore the three system model of depression, look at the continued threat and drive system in depression. Explore how threat based drive and social shaping links to depression. Explore what compassion is and understand the psychology of compassion and how this links to treatments of depression in therapy.

Lesson one: The three system model and depression
Lesson two: Compassion focussed therapy and the psychology of compassion


Module 4 : Experiential learning & CFT exercises

In this module you will get the opportunity to do some experiential exercises. This will enable you to learn practical tools and techniques that can be applied to clients in therapy. This includes CFT focussed exercises including breathing techniques, imagery, creating a compassionate other. 

Lesson one: CFT exercises, breathing techniques, imagery, compassionate other 
Lesson two: Creating a compassionate other 


Module 5: Compassionate and multiple selves 


Module 5 In this module we explore creating  compassionate and multiple selves. And how this can help people to learn to use these different aspects of themselves to activate the soothing system. 

Lesson one: Compassionate selves  

Lesson two: Multiple selves



Module 6: Embedded emotions & the PDA model


In this module we will cover the topic of embedded emotions in depression. How to use the Pre During After (PDA) model to help clients in therapy. The module provides some practical tools for managing setbacks in the treatment of depression and how to use compassionate letter writing as a tool in therapy. 


Lesson one: Embedded emotions and PDA 

Lesson two: Set backs and compassion letter writing