New mothers
 BACP Counsellor

Sarah Wheatley

BACP Registered Counsellor

I am a BACP Registered Counsellor with a background in social research and psychology. I’m really interested in why some people find motherhood harder than others and what can be done to prevent it.

I have 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 I 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 my priorities and it is always present in my work with new parents. After attending the World Association for Infant Mental Health Congress in June 2014, I 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. I also have completed the Babies in Mind course with the University of Warwick.

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

I really enjoy supporting parents through my blog, newslettersFacebook and YouTube. It’s a great way to share some of the research and ideas about parenting that I continue to learn about. I am proud to be part of Edinburgh Birth and Baby - a collective of women supporting parents and parents to be, through information evenings and our Facebook Community group. I also work with the practitioners at KnotStressed therapies in Edinburgh.

I have written articles for The 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 me, please do get in contact, I look forward to hearing from you.

Warm wishes, Sarah