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. 

How do I get help?

It's easy to get help. You don't need a referral from a health professional - just contact us directly.  

  1. Complete the simple contact form on our Get in Touch page. 

  2. We'll contact you via phone or email to arrange an informal chat  

  3. 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. 

  4. After this, if you feel we are a good fit for your needs - and we feel we can help you – we'll match you with someone from our team.  

If we feel that parent infant therapy will help you, we'll email you a Request for DorPIP Services form and our Remote Working Counselling Agreement.   

Here, there will be a bit more information about us, and the form you fill in will allow us to get a bit information about you and your circumstances.  Any information we receive will remain strictly confidential, and we'll never pass it on.  

When we receive your completed forms we'll match you with one of our professionally qualified, experienced therapists who'll contact you directly to arrange the first session. 

How much does it cost?

The cost is £55 per one-hour session, and  we do ask that you pay this if you are able to afford to.  

We appreciate this is not the case for everyone, in which case we ask that you pay a weekly contribution; an amount which will be agreed between yourself and the office prior to commencing counselling.  

Due to the generosity of our funders, we have some fully and partially-funded places available. If you are in receipt of Universal Credit or Healthy start vouchers please ask for more information about our bursary options.