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

Parent Infant Clinic

Where parents bring their concerns

We are a private clinic based in London, which offers parent-infant, child, adolescent and family psychotherapy.

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

Families: Complex beginnings

June 22nd 2019

The School is pleased to present four workshops that will explore ways in which children can be born into complex beginnings.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Working with same-gender parents
  • Working with parents undertaking IVF
  • Supporting parents through the loss of a child
  • Supporting parents with mental health difficulties

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Help challenging children

July 19th, 20th & 21st 2019

This course is for parents and professionals involved with children who are challenging, have special needs or show autistic behaviours.

demanding child

Supporting or working with children who are challenging, have special needs or show autistic behaviours can be physically and emotionally demanding.

This course will use case examples, demonstrations and video to give parents and professionals effective techniques and strategies to help the child.

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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 under close supervision.

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.

Dr. Meghan Swanson. Credit: University of Texas at Dallas
Dr. Meghan Swanson. Credit: University of Texas at Dallas
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