Support & Referrals

THERAPEUTIC SUPPORT

We provide a welcoming, friendly and safe service to mothers, fathers, family members alike, of anyone experiencing emotional or psychological difficulties during pregnancy or after birth (the perinatal phase), yet not exclusive to this period.

We recognise many mothers and fathers may not access the right support at the right time and try to cope alone for many months or years before things become so bad, or they find the strength and confidence to seek support.

Optimising mental and physical health and promoting autonomy in healthcare decision making is at the heart of our work. We are interested in early detection, intervention and prevention of perinatal mental illness, to promote women’s health from early life to old age We are a group of dedicated clinicians specialising in parent and infant wellbeing and are committed in helping families share, connect and feel empowered.

If you think that you might benefit from seeing a psychologist, therapist or clinician to help you during the antenatal or postnatal period, then this is the place for you.

Therapy can help with a broad range of issues such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic disorder
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Low confidence and Self-esteem
  • Anger management
  • Eating disorders
  • Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Perfectionism
  • Addiction problems
  • Antenatal and Postnatal problems
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Sexual problems
  • Relationship problems
  • Work related issues
  • Bereavement
  • Relapse prevention

You and your therapist will have the opportunity to talk at the initial consultations, and together decide on the focus of therapy and support, that is likely to be most helpful for you.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Want to learn coping strategies to manage how you are feeling?

CBT is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing unhelpful behaviours or thinking patterns (cognitions) to improve how you feel. It looks at current problems and helps you to develop coping strategies so you can make positive changes in your life.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines provide independent, evidence-based guidance for the NHS on the most effective methods to treat disease and ill health. CBT is recommended by NICE for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders.

Psychotherapy

Do you want to understand yourself on a deeper level?

Psychotherapy allows you to look deeper into your problems to help you to deal with your unhelpful habits. It can help you to discuss feelings you have about yourself and other people.It is a talking therapy, but can also be delivered using other methods such as art, music, drama and movement.

Several different types of psychotherapy are available:

Psychodynamic psychotherapy – you will be encouraged to say whatever is going through your mind to help you become aware of any hidden meanings in what you do or say that may affecting you in life now.

Parent-Infant Therapy – you will be given space to through your struggles with responsibilities in life and adjusting to parenthood. You will be supported to think about you as well as your baby’s needs, in a way that may help you to understand and tune-in to your baby’s communication as well as your own responses to them.

Mindfulness

Want to live in the moment?

Mindfulness is a practice, which means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present and non-judgementally.

It helps you to choose and learn to control your focus of attention, rather than allowing your attention to be dominated by things that cause you distress and remove you from the present moment.

Compassionate Focused Therapy (CFT)

Are you too hard on yourself?

CFT helps you to develop self-compassion and self-kindness, which can help you to soothe yourself when negative emotions are highly aroused. It can be complimented with other different therapy modalities too, where compassion is the core.

Guided Self Help (GSH)

We can help you help yourself

GSH is a CBT based approach using self-help materials, where you will be guided and supported to use them effectively to help you make practical and positive changes in your life.

Perinatal one day workshops

Workshops

A series of one-day workshops run regularly at the weekend in various locations across London are aimed to give a taster and improve areas of interest, whilst providing practical skills to manage maternal mood by reducing fear and worry.

Course materials will be influenced by CBT and mindfulness practice. The workshops will provide opportunities to meet other new or expectant mothers or couples to develop peer support, normalise concerns and overcome obstacles that may influence pregnancy and birth in an undesired way.

We run the following workshops:

  • Making the Most of Motherhood
  • Overcoming Fear of Childbirth
  • Making the Most of Pregnancy
  • Preparing for Parenthood
  • Developing a Compassionate Mind for Pregnant & New Mothers
  • Breastfeeding Support

Perinatal Courses

Courses

A psycho-education group providing information and practical strategies to cope with difficult situations, whilst eliciting social support. It is a therapeutic group aimed to help with the transitions to parenthood using CBT, mindfulness, CFT and other therapies. Courses last from 6-10 weeks depending on the course.

The courses will provide opportunities to develop peer support for both mothers and fathers and reduce isolation.

We run the following courses:

  • Making the Most of Motherhood
  • Overcoming Fear of Childbirth
  • Making the Most of Pregnancy
  • Preparing for Parenthood
  • Developing a Compassionate Mind for Pregnant & New Mothers
  • Breastfeeding

REFERRAL FORM FOR PROFESSIONALS

Healthcare professionals can also refer clients. Please obtain consent and send us their name and telephone number and we will make contact.

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