Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
Jessica James is a group analyst who has been a member of the Parent Infant Project team since its beginning. Her speciality is running parent infant psychotherapeutic groups in different settings. She has worked with mothers and babies in an analytic treatment group, in a baby clinic at a hostel for homeless families and a mental health psychiatric unit. She is especially interested in taking ideas from parent infant psychotherapy into the community and, in particular, enabling babies to become equal participants in group situations. She is currently setting up a project to research collaborative working with health visitors at a baby clinic where there are many hard-to-reach families. She teaches and supervises in this field, to support practitioners from different disciplines to run parent infant groups. She has an independent practice with couples preparing for birth and parenthood and ran analytic groups at the Women’s Therapy Centre for many years. She has written about her work, with contributions in journals as well as chapters in books with Parent Infant Project team members.