Dr Kerry Taylor – BSc, PG dip. DClinPsy, C.Psychol
BrightPIP was founded by Dr Kerry Taylor, a Clinical Psychologist, specialising in parent-infant mental health, parenting and parent-child attachment. Kerry is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL 25557) and chartered with the British Psychological Society, Division of Clinical Psychology and Perinatal Special Interest Group (membership number 093121).
Kerry has worked for several years as a highly specialist Parent-Infant Clinical Psychologist for the NHS. Kerry’s specific qualifications and experience allow her to offer sensitive and very effective support to troubled families. You can view Dr Kerry Taylor’s LinkedIn profile here.
As a parent and as a clinician, I passionately believe that parents need to be cherished as they embark on the most vital task on earth; pregnancy, birth and the first years of caring for a tiny person who needs constant love and care. This is hard for all of us and I empathise with the parents who come into my care and would never judge them or jump to conclusions. I invite them to share their experiences and I listen. My training and experience mean that I have the honour of working alongside them at this important time. To understand and to move forward, to make things right – to help them reconnect.
-Dr Kerry Taylor
Sally Cranfield IPTI (ITEC qualified) MofGSD, Embody CThA approved & IPTI validated teacher training course provider
Sally is one of the most experienced infant massage teacher trainers in the country. A qualified massage practitioner, she began teaching parents and carers how to massage their babies in 1991. She started running teacher training courses for professional health workers and bodywork practitioners in 2002. Since then she has provided in-house training for hundreds of NHS and Children’s Centre staff across England. Sally has a long-standing partnership with Surrey CAMHS Perinatal Infant Mental Health programme. Based in Brighton, she has trained staff at Children’s Centres across the city and East Sussex. She helped develop the published infant massage guidelines for East Sussex.
Enhancing attachment and bonding between babies and their parents through caring, nurturing touch is the foundation of her training courses. www.massageforbabies.com
Dr Jenny King, HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist, CPsychol, Psych D, BSc (Hons)
Jenny qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2003 and has worked in both mental health and physical health services since this time, developing an interest and experience in trauma, including working with women who are experiencing symptoms related to a difficult or traumatic pregnancy or birth experience. Common symptoms include intrusive thoughts about the experience, nightmares, feeling jumpy and avoiding situations that trigger thoughts or memories. It can be difficult to think about embarking on another pregnancy, or there may be ongoing physical injuries. Sometimes difficult experiences during pregnancy and childbirth seem to re-activate past psychological issues, and relationships can be affected.
Jenny is used to working with individuals and couples on the issues described here. Jenny is trained in CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and is an EMDR (Eye Movement De-sensitisation and Re-Processing) Europe Approved Practitioner, so is able to offer interventions recommended by NICE for women who have symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression or anxiety.
Dr Beatrice Birtwell, HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist. BA (Hons), MSc, DClinPsych
Bea qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in September 2012. Prior to this, she completed an MSc in Applied Psychology for Children and Young People. She has a passionate interest in working with families from pregnancy, through the post-natal period and beyond, and throughout her training has specialised in this work. Bea is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (membership number PYL 29276).
With over nine years of experience of working with parents and children, Bea has developed expertise in helping parents suffering from a range of mental health difficulties during this time (including anxiety, depression, and trauma), parents finding it difficult to develop a relationship with their infant or child, and parents needing support with managing parenting.
Bea works with people both individually and using group work. She is trained to run Mellow Parenting, Mellow Babies and Mellow Bumps groups, as well as The Incredible Years programme. She draws on a number of psychological approaches in order to create change, including: cognitive and behavioural (CBT), systemic, cognitive-analytic, psychodynamic, and mindfulness, working integratively and creatively in order to meet individual or family needs. She is currently setting up a mindfulness group for new mothers.
Human babies are unique in the extent of their underdevelopment at birth. The brain is only partially formed when a baby is born. By the age of one, it has grown to roughly 70% of its final mass and by the age of three, to 90%. Research shows that the first few years of an infant’s life are a crucial period. The brain is so easily shaped by its environment that early experiences have life-long consequences.
Aware of the profoundly positive influence a secure attachment has on brain development, Dr Kerry Taylor established BrightPIP, a not-for-profit Community Interest Company. BrightPIP promotes early bonding, helping infants to grow into emotionally competent adults, able to cope with the ups and downs that life will inevitably throw at them.
BrightPIP’s mission is to be able to provide parent infant psychological therapy to all families who need this support.