New mothers
BACP Counsellor

Sarah Wheatley

BACP Registered PsYchotherapeutic Counsellor

Parent-Infant therapist

Parent kind developer

Hello! I am a Counsellor with a background in social research and psychology. In my counselling work, I use techniques and theories from attachment theory, psychodynamic theory, hypnotherapy, CBT, Human-Givens, Mindfulness, Video Interaction Guidance and Newborn Observations. My work with every client is completely different since it is guided by your unique needs, it’s not a technique I carry out on you.

I’m really interested in why some people find motherhood harder than others and what can be done to prevent it. I have 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.

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 am also an accredited Video Interaction Guidance practitioner and I have also completed the Babies in Mind course with the University of Warwick.

In 1998, I 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. I am a member of the British Psychological Society (367882) 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.

As well as working directly with parents, 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 we continue to learn about. I am proud to be a founding member of Edinburgh Birth and Baby - a collective of professionals supporting parents and parents-to-be around Edinburgh. I also work with the practitioners at KnotStressed therapies in Edinburgh.

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

Whether or not counselling is what you need, I can always refer you to other services who might be able to help you. If you would like to find out more about working with me, please do get in contact - I would be delighted to hear from you.