Dr Amanda Jones

Amanda Jones is a Consultant Perinatal Psychotherapist and Strategic & Clinical Lead of NELFT NHS Foundation Trust’s Perinatal Parent Infant Mental Health Service. She trained as a systemic therapist and did her doctoral research at the Tavistock center/UEL. Her research studied how mothers’ use of maladaptive defensive processes can derail their baby’s development. In collaboration with the Anna Freud center, Amanda was the therapist in the Channel 4 documentaries ‘Help me love my baby’. With the NSPCC and Warwick Medical School she made a further five documentaries called ‘Breakdown or Breakthrough: pregnancy, birth and the first 18 months of life’, (available for free online) for all practitioners working with parents and babies in distress. Amanda speaks at national and international conferences on parent-baby disturbed relationships and psychodynamic parent-infant treatment.


Past and Current Confer Events


The traumatized Mother’s Inner World
Saturday 15 June 2019

Women on the Couch – the seminar series
17 May to 13 December 2018

Working with Splitting and Projecting
Saturday 10 June 2017

The Power of Non-verbal Communication in the Talking Cure
Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May 2013

Attachment Theory in Practice
Monday evenings from 22 January to 28 April 2013

The Importance of Infancy – And its Implications for Psychotherapy
Saturday 19 May 2012 – Edinburgh

The Importance of Infancy – And its Implications for Psychotherapy
Saturday 25 February 2012 – London

Applications of Object Relations Theory in Contemporary Psychotherapy
12 September to 5 December 2011

Psychological Trauma and the Child
Thursday 18, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 September 2008

Psychotherapeutic Work with Structures and Disorders of the Self
Wednesday 14 April – Wednesday 14 July 2010

Contemporary Views on Working with Transference
5 June, 26 June, 25 September & 6 November 2010


Read our winning entry, “The Book and the Child” by Mary Pyle




Barker, M-J. (2018) Rewriting the Rules: An Anti-Self-Help Guide to Love, Sex and Relationships. London: Routledge


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