Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
Michela is the Deputy Head of the Early Years & Prevention Department, where she leads on clinical work and training in Infant Mental health and Psychoanalytic Parent infant psychotherapy (PPIP). Michela trained as a Psychoanalytic Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Anna Freud Centre and is a full member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP). She is also registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) as a Parent infant Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. She was part of the AFC- PIP team for over 10 years and contributed to the book: Baradon, T., with Biseo, M., Broughton, C., James, J., Joyce, A., (2016). Claiming the baby: The practice of psychoanalytic parent infant psychotherapy, 2nd edition, London, Routledge.
She has been working in the field of Child & Adolescent psychotherapy for over 20 years, starting in NHS CAMHS teams, then in specialist LAC teams and moving into the Early Years. She was also an honorary member of staff in the Tavistock CAMHS Under-fives team (Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust).
She trains and teaches other professionals who share an interest in the specialism of early years work, and offers supervision to those training to be PPIP therapists and working with under-5s. She contributes to infant mental health & child therapy trainings in various organisations, as a supervisor and has been a long-standing teacher of infant observation. She has been involved in collaborating with various other teams internationally, supporting them to train and work with parents & infants, using the AFC PPIP model. She also has a private practice. She is on the panel of the annual Louise Emanuel Essay Prize (hosted by the Tavistock Clinic Foundation) and is part of a special interest group in the ACP for work with 0-3 age range.