Parent-Infant Psychotherapy with Heather Kemp

Restore works with soon-to-be-parents and parents and their infants (aged 0-5 years) integrating an attachment based approach with developmental neuroscience.

The aim is to promote the development of the infant whilst relieving emotional disturbances within the parent(s) infant triad. Many conscious and unconscious factors can interfere with these early relationships and we seek to understand these processes further. This may include:

  • A traumatic labour or delivery
  • Bereavement
  • Depression or psychosis
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Anxiety
  • Inability to tolerate the infant’s cries
  • Fertility issues
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Feeding/sleeping difficulties that can’t be resolved by health care professionals
  • Issues from the parent’s own childhood brought about by the arrival of a baby.

Space is provided in the session for ‘play’ and the infant is given a ‘voice’ to engage in 'conversation' whilst attending to the needs of the parent(s) to bring about positive change. Watch, Wait and Wonder is a dyadic therapy programme for parents and young children to work through development and relational struggles and may be used to engage the parent to be reflective about their child's inner world of feeling.

Arrangements

Infants and parent(s) are seen together, though occasionally appointments with just the parent(s) are appropriate. Sessions last 50 minutes and are flexible in number lasting from anywhere between 6 weeks and one year.

Sessions last 50 minutes and it is helpful to start with 3-6 sessions. This is offered weekly, fortnightly and twice weekly. Longer treatment may be more suitable for some families, which can be discussed as part of the initial consultation and reviewed on a regular basis.