The Parent Infant Centre

Which includes the Parent Infant Clinic and the School of Infant Mental Health

it can be too late
but never too early

Infant Mental Health and Parent Infant Psychotherapy 

Services in North London

At the Parent Infant Centre, we provide infant mental health services and support to children and their families across London. We’re specialists in autism, ADHD and other mental health, learning and development problems. The centre is run by Dr Stella Acquarone, a Child Psychotherapist who is recognised as a worldwide authority on infant mental health and has pioneered studies in early infant clinical research and development.


The Parent Infant Centre comprises of The Parent Infant Clinic and The School of Infant Mental Health, both of which are based in London. The Parent Infant Clinic is a private clinic which offers parent-infant as well as child and adolescent psychotherapy services for all types of behavioural and mental health issues.  For professionals who work with infants and young children, the School of Infant Mental Health can help you further your professional development with a range of UKCP certified courses and training. 


A creative approach lets us respond to a wide range of problems and helps foster a positive experience for children of all ages. This approach is based on over 35 years of clinical experience, study and observation on the methods that work the best. 


Parent Infant Clinic

Where parents bring their concerns

We are a private psychotherapy clinic in London that specialises in child and infant mental health and helping children with special needs to develop and reach their full potential. 

Our services include a specialist intensive family programme where a child is experiencing developmental problems or emotional and cognitive dysregulation. These problems can include the early signs of autism.

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School of Infant Mental Health

Gain a skill or UKCP registration

Our London-based School delivers a UKCP-accredited training in parent-infant psychoanalytic psychotherapy, plus a range of certificate and weekend courses.

Our training is available elsewhere in the UK or overseas via distance learning.

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New courses from the School

Diploma in Parent Infant Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Next intake January 2020

Interested in training as a Parent Infant Psychotherapist?

Applications are now being received for the next intake into our UKCP-recognised training.

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Certificate courses

Next intake January 2020

Applications are now being accepted for the School's four certificate courses:

  • Infant development
  • Infant observation
  • Psychoanalysis (Introductory)
  • Psychoanalysis (Advanced)

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We believe in parents

At the Parent Infant Clinic we listen to parents' concerns, fully aware of the importance of early support.

There are also times when parents themselves can be struggling emotionally. We provide individual and group support to parents, parents-to-be and parents who have lost a child.

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Low Cost Clinic

Are you concerned about your infant?

Mother and upset baby

Worried about their sleeping or feeding?

Our Low-Cost Clinic offers an assessment by an experienced parent-infant psychotherapist and referral to a senior trainee who will work with you to help you and your child while under the close supervision of a fully qualified psychotherapist. 

The Clinic works with parents and infants up to the age of five.

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Fathers' Support Group

Starting soon

Father and child

The Parent Infant Clinic will soon be starting two support groups for fathers: one for fathers-to-be and the other for fathers of children under 2. 

The groups will run for a total of 8 sessions and will be facilitated by an experienced therapist.

All fathers-to-be and fathers with children under 2 of age are welcome.

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New Autism study stresses the importance of communicating with infants

Clare Turnbull - September 26th 2019

A new language-skills study that included infants later diagnosed with autism suggests that all children can benefit from exposure to more speech from their parents/ caregivers.

Dr. Meghan Swanson, assistant professor and director of the Infant Neurodevelopment & Language Research Lab at The University of Texas at Dallas, is the corresponding author of the study, published online June 28 in Autism Research. They reported as the first to extend research about the relationship between caregiver speech and infant language development from typically developing children to those with autism.  Read more

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