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Brain Development

Most of us assume that human brains are fixed in their growth by the time of birth. We all expect that brains grow and absorb more information as children grow;…...

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Stealing

Stealing is a reasonably common behaviour seen in fostered and adopted children. It can be alarming for parents and carers but it is frequently an expression of attachment behaviour and…...

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Food Issues

Many children who have started out in homes that were abusive and/or neglectful face significant challenges around food. This can be due to a relatively simple association with a lack…...

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Trauma Memory

There are enormous misunderstandings about the way in which babies and young children “remember” their experiences. We assume that pre-verbal children can’t possibly retain trauma in their memory. For example,…...

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The Impact of Shame

Children traumatised by neglect and abuse experience a double-whammy, negative effect in relation to shame. Firstly, their experiences mean that they are hypersensitive to shame and unable to tolerate it…....

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Attention-Seeking vs. Attachment-Seeking

Children who attention-seek, i.e. monopolise their primary caregivers’ time and who struggle to tolerate your attention being elsewhere, can be an extraordinary challenge. It is not uncommon for these compulsive…...

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Wetting and Soiling

Many fostered and adopted children have difficulties with wetting (aka enuresis) and soiling (aka encopresis). Indeed there are many children with happy, healthy enough lives who have such problems. There…...

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Parent/Infant Psychotherapy

Parent/Infant Psychotherapy is essentially concerned with understanding what may be happening within developing relationships and accordingly is tailored to think about each individual presentation. This flexibility means that it is…...

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