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Julianne Boutaleb

Consultant Perinatal Psychologist
Julianne is the Clinical Director and Founder of the Parenthood In Mind practice. She is a passionate and highly experienced perinatal psychologist who has worked for over 13 years in the NHS and private practice with parents and parents-to-be and their babies (and bumps) who have needed support with a wide variety of issues including anxiety and depression during and after pregnancy, miscarriage and reproductive loss, attachment issues, re-emergence of childhood issues and couples issues.

Dr Avital Pearlman

Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Avital is a certified Clinical Psychologist who has worked in child, family and perinatal settings for the past 8 years. She has a particular interest in supporting individuals and couples who have found that the journey to parenthood isn’t as they had imagined, and works together with them to understand the array of issues that can arise, including; difficulty conceiving, miscarriage and loss, anxiety during and after pregnancy, post-partum depression and complex emotions that arise within in the parent-infant attachment process.

Dr Helena Belgrave

Chartered Counselling Psychologist
Helena is a chartered counselling psychologist who specialises in perinatal issues. Alongside her work in the NHS in Tower Hamlets and Newham, where her role included perinatal assessments and therapy with mothers and mothers-to-be, Helena has always run her own private practice in South East London where she sees clients with perinatal concerns. Her perinatal work in the NHS has included working in primary and community care, as well as with women requiring longer term therapeutic support.

Dr Ruth Weiner

Clinical Psychologist
Ruth is an experienced clinical psychologist who has worked as a psychologist in  the NHS for 23 years, in addition to working in private practice. She has worked in adult and maternal health for 18 years.  She has worked with a range of difficulties in the perinatal period including pre conception support, adjustment to pregnancy and parenthood, anxiety and depression in both the antenatal and postnatal phase.

Sara Rance

Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist
Sara has gained substantial experience in psychotherapeutic work with children and families with a wide range of emotional, relational and behavioural difficulties since qualifying in 1994 at the Tavistock Clinic, where she now teaches. She worked for 23 years in the NHS and before moving in to work in the Voluntary Sector and independent practice was employed as Head of Child Psychotherapy within a London NHS Trust. She has always loved working with Under 5s and their parents, becoming a specialist in this area of work, and is a highly-experienced Parent Infant Psychotherapist.

Emily Ollman-Hirt

Clinical Psychotherapist
Emily is a clinical psychotherapist, accredited by the United Kingdom Council for PsychotherapistsEmily recognises that having a baby comes with unique personal challenges to both parents individually, and as a couple. She also views this transitional time as a great opportunity for personal growth and change, and offers a space to understand what becoming a parent means for each individual, often taking into consideration the parent’s own early experiences of being parented.

Alex Costa

Psychological Therapist
Alex is a psychological therapist with 14 years experience of working in a range of health care settings within mental health. Alex has gained extensive perinatal experience since her first post as a nursing assistant on New Horizons, an inpatient Mother and Baby Unit in Bristol (Avon & Wiltshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust), where she supported mothers presenting with a range of psychiatric issues (postpartum psychosis, bipolar disorder, postnatal anxiety/OCD & depression) and their babies.

Dr Fiona Seth-Smith

Clinical Psychologist
Dr Fiona Seth-Smith is a senior member of the Parenthood in Mind team, and has been a Lead Clinical Psychologist in an NHS inpatient Mother and Baby Unit since 2008. She has over 20 years of experience with a range of adult mental health problems including trauma, psychosis, depression and OCD, and is expert in working with these issues as they present in the perinatal period. Fiona is trained in family and couple therapy, and in addition is highly experienced in supporting the parent-infant relationship in therapy.

Dr Elisabeth Rothaug-Smith

Clinical Psychologist
Elisabeth is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over ten years of experience working in the NHS, voluntary sector and more recently in private practice. She has a wealth of experience of working with children, adolescents and young adults in generic and specialist CAMHS settings. She works with the full range of clinical presentations, including anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma and post-traumatic stress, bereavement and loss, attachment and relationship difficulties, parenting, anger and self-esteem issues as well as gender identity difficulties.

Carol Levine

Integrative Psychotherapist
Carol has over 20 years of experience of working therapeutically with children, adolescents and their parents in a CAMHS setting in London. In recent years, she has worked more intensively with parents in the perinatal period, having the opportunity to work during pregnancy and with parents and their babies post birth. In recognition of the importance of the new beginnings and the transition to parenthood, Carol works towards supporting individuals and couples through this sometimes joyful, sometimes complex and overwhelming period of life.

Dr Harriet Higgins

Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Harriet Higgins is an experienced Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the NHS for fifteen years in Adult and Child and Family mental health settings. She has a specialist interest in working with parents during pregnancy and in the early years of their children's lives. She has experience of working with a wide range of difficulties including antenatal and postnatal depression/anxiety, fertility issues and perinatal loss, birth trauma, parenting difficulties, attachment issues and the resurfacing of childhood difficulties.