North East London Foundation Trust
Sheila Ritchie is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and group analyst. In her role as parent-infant psychotherapist at NELFT Perinatal Parent Infant Mental Health Service she works with mother-baby dyads and families and has developed long slow open therapeutic groups in the community where pregnant women and mothers with babies up to 15 months old are seen as equal members. Along with Jessica James she co-facilitates the course “Using Groups to Strengthen Parent Infant Relationships” for the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and presents her work at international and national level. Throughout her career she has maintained an interest in issues of motherhood and reproduction and worked at the Women’s Therapy Centre for many years. In addition to offering parent-infant psychotherapy she works as Consultant Group Analyst in Camden and Islington NHS Trust where she has a particular interest in applying group analysis to develop a range of psychotherapy groups for adults. She is a training group analyst and supervisor for the Institute for Group Analysis and Turvey Institute for Group Therapy and a training therapist and supervisor for AGIP. She is a trustee of the Squiggle Foundation. Her specialist interests include eating problems, childhood sexual abuse, couples work, gender and sexuality and work with refugees.