Self-Compassion for Depression

Description: In this group, participants suffering from depression learn Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and self-compassion building skills. CBT is an evidence-based treatment modality for depression and self-compassion is the approach and a skill that fortifies all depression-beating strategies. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional wellbeing. This group helps participants suffering from depression to challenge and change thoughts, behaviours, maladaptive assumptions and core beliefs that help to sustain depression and hopelessness. Negative perceptions of events and negative thoughts and beliefs are challenged leading to alternative, more balanced views. Participants assess how self-compassionate they are and learn about the 3 main components of self-compassion: self-kindness, a sense of common humanity and mindfulness.

 Learning Objectives:

  • To change maladaptive thoughts, cognitive distortions and self-sabotaging behaviours that maintains depression.
  • To change negative assumptions and core beliefs about the self, others and the world.
  • To increase behaviour activation and relaxation.
  • To learn how to handle difficult emotions associated with depression with greater ease.
  • To learn how to motivate yourself without harsh criticism but with encouragement and kindness.

Length: 11 sessions over 11 weeks (2.5 weekly hours except 1 all-day retreat)

Group Leaders: Registered Social Workers

Group Size: 8-9

Referral: Primary Care Provider to refer to Mental Health Program

Special Note: This group incorporates the research and teachings of Dr. Kristin Neff on the subject of self-compassion.