Dr Emma HaynesCounselling and Psychotherapy for Winchester

I offer training in perinatal (maternal and paternal) mental illness, developmental trauma, baby bonding, psychiatric drugs and mental health disorders


Motherhood and Mental Illness - for therapists

My next 5 day training course for counsellors and psychotherapists on working with motherhood and mental illness begins in March. It is suitable for any modality of training. Psychotherapy trainees will also be welcome on the course. There will be good breaks within the training and we will have as much opportunity for experiential learning within the day setting, so that participants can gain as much as they can from the training. If some of you are already working in this area, we will be able to fit in a supervisory element too.

The training will be relational in approach and will give participants a thorough grounding in what this type of mental illness is, how to work with it, what are the most common presentations, ethical dilemmas, working with neurodivergence and some of the most difficult presentations such as termination for medical reasons (TFMR), postpartum psychosis, couples work, IVF, miscarriage, loss in infancy, birth trauma, parental bonding and anything else which may come up within this work. Within the training we will also cover working with fathers/partners and couples (both heterosexual and single sex).

The course programme is as follows:

Session 1 - What are we working with? Perinatal mental illness - pathology or simply normal process? A full explanation of the different
types of presentations, confounders, struggles and difficulties -IVF, ART, donor, surrogacy
Session 2 - Treatment planning - does it work? How do we do it? Is it worth it? Working with the infant in the room, couples work.
Session 3 - The Black, Asian and ethnic minority experience of childbirth in the UK and worldwide.
Session 4 - Working with creativity in perinatal mental illness
Session 5 - Ethical dilemmas, Neurodivergence, Gender identity & parenthood, working with disability (parent and/or infant), working with
parents with high dependency infants, or with terminal illness.

Mental illness during pregnancy and after childbirth is common and can have devastating effects on the mother and child as well as the family. This workshop covers the major symptoms, why these may have manifested themselves and how to treat them, in particular the specificity of illness, which non-relational therapy does not address. This is not a ‘one-type-fits-all’ type of process. Each client presents in a personal way and it is important to understand that treating these specific needs is a vital part of the work. The training is about how to treat the cause of the illness, not just providing symptomatic relief. This is important, particularly if the woman wishes to have further children. We will explore briefly some of the drugs that are used in the perinatal period and their pros and cons and why therapy can offer something ‘more than’ a drug. I will use clinical vignettes and experiential work throughout, as my teaching style is collaborative and co-creative.

The dates for the zoom course are:

17th March 2023, 14th April, 5th May, 2nd June, 7th July

The course offers a CPD certificate for 30 hours, for those who complete the course.
The cost of each course for the 5 days of training is £400
The time will be from 10am to 5pm each training day.

If you are interested and want to book, please contact me directly so I can give you payment information.

Training for new mums

A workshop for new mums and their babies to teach them all about their infants, the way in which babies communicate, how to address their needs and the babies, and the importance of bonding and attachment.

If you would like to participate in any of the training days above please contact me at: emmafhaynes@aol.com stating what you would like to attend and what date if there is a choice.

I am happy to provide specific training for mums, midwives, health visitors or any kind of health practitioner. Please contact me about your needs so I can set up a workshop that would be suitable.

Training and Workshops. Developmental Trauma workshop
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