Our Clinical Psychologists have specialist training and experience in working with parents and parents to be. Parenting can impact on our emotional wellbeing from the point we consider becoming parents or we discover we are going to be parents.
Parenting is a very difficult job. Around twenty percent of women experience perinatal mental health difficulties (antenatal and/or postnatal anxiety and depression. Similar rates are evidenced in women undergoing IVF, in the post-adoption period, and for fathers in the postnatal period (0 to 18 months).
Parents caring for children with a disability, developmental disorders, parents whose children have experienced accidental injuries and birth injuries are particularly vulnerable to mental health difficulties. This may be linked to post-traumatic stress and/or the fact that their own wellbeing has often been neglected in the pursuit of caring for their child.
Our Clinical Psychologists have specialist training and supervision in perinatal and parental mental health, family and relationship difficulties and a host of evidence-based psychological therapies (e.g. CBT, Compassion Focused Therapy and Schema Therapy) that meet the needs of each individual parent or carer.
Our referrals include (but are not limited to) parents experiencing emotional health difficulties associated with:
- Antenatal Anxiety
- Antenatal Depression
- Adjustment Disorder
- Attachment Difficulties
- Bereavement and Loss
- Birth Injury (Self or child)
- Birth Trauma
- Childhood Abuse and Neglect (Own experiences of)
- Child Behaviour Management
- Child being taken into or ‘on the edges of’ care
- Conception and IVF
- Developmental Disorders (Self or Child)
- Divorce and Separation
- Eating Disorders
- Family Stress
- Life-threatening and Life-Limiting Conditions (Self, Child or Partner)
- Loss of Own Identity
- Low Self-Esteem
- Memory Difficulties
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Own experiences of being in care
- Parenting Difficulties
- Physical Health Difficulties (Self or child)
- Post-Natal Anxiety
- Post-Natal Depression
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Puerperal Psychosis
- Relationship Difficulties