Sometimes bonding occurs immediately, sometimes it doesn't. And that's absolutely ok. For example - 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. 

DorPIP talking therapy sessions are a confidential, safe space. 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.

Talking Therapies Update - April 2024

Due to our therapists’ heavy caseloads and the clinical lead being out of the office DorPIP will be unable to accept any 1:1 referrals until May 6th. Please note we are still accepting referrals for all of  our other serivces.  

If you feel you would like to be assessed for 1:1 therapy, please do re-refer in after May 6th and our clinical lead will contact you.  


Parent Infant Psychotherapy

What is Parent Infant Psychotherapy?

Parent-Infant Psychotherapy is a specialised form of therapy centered on nurturing the bond between a parent and the infant. The main goal is to strengthen the relationship to support healthy development in your little one. Our Parent-Infant Psychotherapists will work work with you to explore both conscious and unconscious factors within your relationship with your baby. Often these factors 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. By understanding how these factors influence the unique ways in which you and your little one interact, you will be able to begin strengthening and growing that vital bond.

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 8 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. 

Self Referral Form for Parent Infant Psychotherapy


What is Councelling?

Counselling is a type of therapy provided in a safe and supportive environment for you to explore and address various challenges you may be facing. Whether dealing with mental health conditions like depression or anxiety, navigating difficult life events such as bereavement or relationship issues, or grappling with emotions like low self-esteem or anger, counselling offers a space to talk openly with a trained therapist. Through compassionate listening and understanding, a counsellors will help you gain insight into your feelings and thoughts, empowering you to find your own solutions. While counsellors do not typically offer direct advice, they can guide you towards self-discovery and progress. It may take multiple sessions to see improvement, but with professional support, you can gradually experience relief and growth.

Whats the Process? 

After you have completed the self-referral form, We will contact you via phone or email to arrange an informal chat with our Clinical Lead, Lisa. The chat will take about 20 minutes, during which time we'll invite you to tell us more about what's going on for you at the moment. You'll also find out more about how we can help. After this, if you feel we are a good fit for your needs - and we feel we can help you – We will email you a Remote Counselling Working Agreement and Safeguarding Information Sheet. Any information we receive will remain strictly confidential, and we'll never pass it on. Then we'll match you with someone from our team of Psychotherapists/Therapists.