Rosalind Field trained as a specialist Parent-Infant Psychotherapist at the Anna Freud Centre.

PARENT-INFANT PSYCHOTHERAPY

Having a baby is a momentous experience for all families and brings with it many different powerful feelings. Sometimes something may go wrong and these feelings can become hard to manage for both parents and babies. There may have been a difficult birth or there may be feeding or sleeping problems. The baby may cry and the parents may not be able to work out why. Both parents and babies can feel overwhelmed by their own and one another's feelings. Parents sometimes feel at a loss of how to help their baby. Parent- Infant Psychotherapy places the relationship between parent and baby at the centre and acknowledges the importance of understanding and making sense of the mutual impact that parent and baby have on one another.  Parent Infant Psychotherapy is suitable for mothers and fathers who are;

* Finding parenthood difficult to cope with

* Experiencing difficult or unexpected feelings since becoming a        parent

* Concerned about their baby's physical needs or emotional development

* Worried about their relationship with their baby

* Adoptive parents who would like some help in developing their new relationship with their baby

Post-natal depression (in either mother or father) is known to place particular strain on the developing parent-infant relationship. Similarly other mental health issues, socio-economic pressures or conflict within the parental relationship also impacts on the devoloping relationship.

Rosalind offers specialised work to parents and infants who are experiencing difficulties in their relationship. She is sensitive to parents' possible concerns about being labelled by coming to therapy at this vulnerable time in their developing relationship. Rosalind works directly with parents and babies using an informal relational style. As she gets to know a new family and by observing and thinking together with parents and their baby, Rosalind is able to help parents to understand their baby's communications and to respond sensitively to them. She also helps the baby to actively engage with his or her parent/s. 

Ideally the earlier the work begins the better and this can be from before birth (the relationship between parent and infant begins in the womb) up to 12 months of age. Sometimes 6 sessions are enough to help new families on their way and sometimes more are required.  

This work is informed by psycho analytic theory with an emphasis on Attachment Theory and new research in neuro-science.