The Camden Parent-Infant Project (PIP) offers a range of psychotherapeutic interventions for parents and their babies. The service helps families when not all is well in terms of how mother, father or the couple feel during pregnancy or after the baby is born. The therapy puts the relationship between parent and baby at its centre, acknowledging the need to understand and to make sense of the impact that the baby has on the parent and vice-versa.
PIP’s defining feature is that it places the parent-infant relationship at its centre. The aims are to help the parent understand and respond to their baby’s needs and to keep the baby engaged emotionally with their parent. The PIP modality, developed over many years of practice, is unique in its elaboration of the mind of the baby and representing this to the parents.
- How it works
How it works
The service allows individuals to get support and advice from experienced child and adult psychotherapists and analysts, with specialist knowledge and skills in early intervention. PIP also offers support to practitioners who are seeking expert advice when working with babies and their parents.
The Parent Infant Psychotherapy intervention consists in weekly psychotherapy that lasts on average 6 to 9 months. PIP is a free service for residents of Camden. If the clinical team has capacity, we are sometimes able to accept families from outside the borough. In this case, fees are charged on a sliding scale. Referrals are received from Camden early years practitioners and perinatal mental health teams. It is delivered in parent homes, Rodney Street and children centres.
- Who it is for
Who it is for
PIP is aimed at families with risk of disturbance in the parent-infant relationship. This may be linked to parental mental health problems and past and/or current trauma.
In particular, this approach is suitable for mothers and fathers who are:
- Finding being a parent hard to cope with
- Experiencing difficult feelings that have stirred up as a result of becoming a parent
- Worried about their relationship with their baby
- Concerned about their baby’s development
- An adoptive parent who would like support in developing their relationship with their new baby
Certain conditions are also known to place particular strains on the parent infant relationship – such as postnatal depression and other mental health issues, socio-economic stress, or domestic violence. The clinicians in the PIP service are sensitive to parents’ possible fears of being labelled, and of familial or cultural taboos.
The evaluation will use mixed methods combining descriptive statistics, attendance figures, outcome measures and a thematic analysis of qualitative interviews with participants.
Using routine outcome measure collection, the Quantitative evaluation will assess:
- If parental goals have been achieved
- Improvement in parental mental health
- Changes in parental perception of infant behaviour
- Changes in the infant’s physical, social, emotional and behavioural development
- Improvement in parental reflective functioning
Through parent interviews the qualitative evaluation will assess:
- Parents’ views and experiences of the therapy
- Meet the tea m
Meet the tea m
Tessa Baradon (Consultant Child & Parent-infant psychotherapist), Michela Biseo (Consultant Child Psychotherapist), Abel Fagin (Supervisor/training & Parent-infant Psychotherapist), Carol Broughton (Consultant Child & Parent-infant psychotherapist), Claudia de Campos (Child & Parent-infant psychotherapist)
- Contact Us
To find out more about Camden Parent Infant Psychotherapy, or how to make a referral, get in touch at EarlyYears@annafreud.org.