New mothers
 BACP Counsellor

Sarah Wheatley

BACP Registered PsYchotherapist

Parent-Infant therapist

Parent kind developer

Sarah is a BACP Registered Psychotherapist with a background in social research and psychology. She is really interested in why some people find motherhood harder than others and what can be done to prevent it. She has spoken to the media and worked with the Scottish Government to help raise awareness about what can help women to have a better experience of becoming, and being, mothers.

Sarah has worked with parents in a variety of contexts, from mums in isolated rural areas in Argyll to single teenage mothers in Muirhouse, Edinburgh. During 2013 she developed the Parent Kind® course to help new mothers negotiate many of the recognised issues that come with being a first-time parent. This course was accredited by CAN Parent, as a result of demonstrating that it really does help new mothers feel more confident.

It is difficult to separate the mother’s emotional state and that of her baby/ babies. Infant Mental Health is one of Sarah's priorities and it is always present in her work with new parents. After attending the World Association for Infant Mental Health Congress in June 2014, she trained in Newborn Behavioural Observation techniques with the Brazelton Institute, in order to help both the parent and infant benefit from improving the bond between them. She is currently training to be an accredited Video Interaction Guidance practitioner and she has also completed the Babies in Mind course with the University of Warwick.

In 1998, she finished a Psychology-Artificial Intelligence Joint Honours degree and completed a three-year Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling in 2013, both at the University of Edinburgh. She is a member of the British Psychological Society and a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She works closely with Juno PMHS, an inspiring organisation that provides peer support and outreach to mothers with perinatal mental health issues living in Edinburgh. She also supports women through Antenatal Results and Choices.

Sarah really enjoys supporting parents through her blog, newslettersFacebook and YouTube. It’s a great way to share some of the research and ideas about parenting that she continues to learn about. She is a founding member of Edinburgh Birth and Baby - a collective of professionals supporting parents and parents-to-be. She also works with the practitioners at KnotStressed therapies in Edinburgh.

Sarah has written articles for The International Forum for Wellbeing in Pregnancy, The MotherloadThe Every Mum Movement, Have You Seen That GirlSelfish Mother, Lothian Life, Counselling Directory, Tribe Porty, Knot Stressed, and Guru + Go

If you’d like to find out more about working with Sarah, please do get in contact - she would be delighted to hear from you.