Parent Infant Talking Therapy

Sometimes bonding occurs immediately, sometimes it doesn't. And that's absolutely ok. For - just like some mothers may need to be taught how to breastfeed - bonding with your baby sometimes needs a bit of demystifying, and it's something we can help you with. 

Parent infant talking therapy is a confidential, safe space for you and your baby. Your therapist will work with you in a gentle and sensitive way, guiding you through any difficult feelings and emotions you may be experiencing. Our work is always accepting of you and your individual circumstances.  

We want to take care of you, so that you can take care of your baby.  

Working together with you and your baby over a series of one-to-one sessions, we'll help you to understand some of your worries and concerns. Through taking the time to think about the feelings you each may have, you'll find ways to communicate and enjoy each other more. 

Parenting begins in pregnancy. As our bumps grow, we naturally begin to think about what our baby may be like when they are born and how they'll be as they grow older. We also have ideas about ourselves as parents.  

Often these ideas are influenced by our own experience of childhood and how we were parented. Depending on this experience, we may wish to replicate those good experiences. However, we may feel that we want our baby to have something different, or better.   

In a perfect world, mums and dads would spend the first 1001 days devoting all their time and attention to their newborn. But this is neither practical nor realistic – for life  goes on, despite the life-changing event of having a baby.  

Coping with all the usual ups and downs, while having to care for a little one, can be exhausting, nerve-wracking, stressful, hard work, thankless – and sometimes just plain soul destroying.  

Things can be complicated by money worries, relationship issues, the needs of other children, demands from family, being a care-leaver, housing issues, work pressures, substance misuse, loneliness, anxiety, depression, paranoia... to name just a few. 

Having a space, just for you and your baby, where you can express your frustrations, sadness, anxiety, anger - or whatever it is that's affecting your happiness - can feel like a pressure valve. A release.  

Over 12 or more weekly one-to-one sessions, one of our experienced parent-infant relationship specialists will work individually with you and your baby. Your partner is welcome to come along too.  

Magic happens in the therapy room, as new relationships begin to form and flourish, and working together we can make a difference that will last a lifetime for your baby and you.  

Sessions may include or cover topics such as  

  1. Primitive anxiety  
  2. Emotional connection  
  3. Emotional safety  
  4. Supportive space  
  5. Early relationships  
  6. Recalling your own experiences  
  7. Expectations  
  8. The gaps and the gains  
  9. Self-discovery as a parent  
  10. Making sense of your experience  
  11. The healing process  
  12. The early days  

Our sessions provide a place where you can be listened to, understood and cared for.