Parent-infant psychotherapy for parents and their babies
We offer parent-infant psychotherapy to parents and their babies who are struggling in their new relationship together. Our service can help parents who:
struggle to manage on a day-to-day basis, feeling tired, angry and irritable;
are overwhelmed and at a loss to manage strong and perhaps unexpected feelings as a parent;
feel depressed and/or highly anxious, and concerned about the impact on their baby;
are concerned about their baby's development in feeding and sleeping;
feel preoccupied with what might have been a difficult birth, or any other traumatic experience or loss (including previous miscarriage and stillbirth).
We can also offer you support if your baby was premature and has spent time in a Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) / Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
We can help you
We offer a confidential service, in which we will work with you to help you understand your relationship with your baby.
Together we will think about you and your baby, your concerns, your strengths, what your baby is trying to communicate to you and how you want to respond.
Parents are seen with their baby in one-to-one sessions or in a mother and baby group.
We also offer parent consultations.
Art psychotherapy for under-fives
Our under-fives art psychotherapy service uses art as a way for young children to express themselves without the primary need for words.
The art therapist will work with your child to help understand the meaning of the images that are created so their emotional experiences can be understood. Toys may also be available to help your child express themselves through play. Art therapy is a safe and creative intervention for young children who may not have words for what they have experienced.
Some of the reasons children may be referred for art therapy include: emotional, behavioural or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions and physical illnesses.