North East London NHS Foundation Trust
Amanda Jones is a Consultant Perinatal Psychotherapist and Strategic & Clinical Lead of NELFT NHS Foundation Trust’s Perinatal Parent Infant Mental Health Service. She trained as a systemic therapist and pursued her doctoral research at the Tavistock Centre/UEL. Her research studied how mothers’ use of maladaptive defensive processes can derail their baby’s development. In collaboration with the Anna Freud Centre, Amanda was the therapist in the Channel Four documentaries ‘Help me love my baby’. With the NSPCC and Warwick Medical School she made 5 further documentaries called ‘Breakdown or Breakthrough: pregnancy, birth and the first 18 months of life’, available for free online, for all practitioners working with parents and babies in distress. Amanda speaks at national and international conferences on psychodynamic parent-baby treatment. She contributes in several governmental policy groups to try and enhance understanding about the importance of early intervention and the need to develop equitable integrated psychotherapy and psychiatric NHS community perinatal parent infant mental health services in the UK.