Infant Mental Health is the focus on the social-emotional well-being and attachment of the youngest among us. I work with primary caregivers on building a strong and healthy bond with their children. We can start as early as planning for a baby, though most often may start during pregnancy or soon after birth. Additionally, we may start as old as 5 years old for a child.
Building and strengthening healthy attachment begins with the caregivers. This is not to say that any caregiver is doing something “wrong.” It simply means that “there is no such thing as a baby…there is a baby and someone,” as the historic attachment researcher, Donald Winnicott, once said. We work with the assumption that helping our infants’ development is within relationship with us.
Engaging in Infant Mental Health services may not only help grow the bond between you and baby, but research shows that it also enhances brain development. Each child is making 1 million new connections in their brains every second during those first few years. Optimizing the environment to provide any more support for that learning – about everything – can make an enormous difference in social-emotional, academic, and physical development. And that is something certainly worth engaging in. Reach out today, if you want to learn more. I provide 15 minute free consultations ahead of every new client appointment.