Neurodevelopmental Parent-Infant Psychotherapy and Mindfulness: Complementary Approaches in Work with Parents and Babies, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Neurodevelopmental Parent-Infant Psychotherapy and Mindfulness

Complementary Approaches in Work with Parents and Babies, 1st Edition

By Maria Pozzi Monzo


128 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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This innovative book explains and introduces the use of mindfulness in therapeutic work with parents and babies, covering issues such as feeding, crying, sleeping and relating, as well as other developmental challenges which affect family life, as practiced in both clinical sessions and in the home.

The book is divided into two parts. Part One introduces what parent-infant psychotherapy is, its origin and evolution, as well as the concept of mindfulness, which consists of paying non-judgemental attention to the present moment. It also outlines the development and maturation of the brain and nervous system, and how these are affected by the environment in utero and after birth. Part Two then explores a range of important topics for new parents, including parental mental illness, dislocation, loss, guilt, substance misuse, abuse, post-natal depression, congenital malformations and the role of fathers. It describes how these factors impact the parental relationship with, and the healthy development of, the infant, drawing from relevant research to demonstrate the effectiveness of parent-infant psychotherapy and mindfulness.

The practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy aided by mindfulness is a highly useful intervention for distressed families with infants, while a mindful approach to oneself and one’s baby can ease parental anxiety and free loving capacities. Neurodevelopmental Parent-Infant Psychotherapy and Mindfulness is an essential resource for clinicians and researchers working on parent and infant relations, as well as curious new or future parents.


"Maria Pozzi Monzo's many decades of personal meditation practice are clearly providing inspiration in her work as a parent-infant and child psychotherapist. The integration of these two fields offers a unique and valuable contribution to both disciplines, which is to be celebrated." --Ajahn Brahmavara

Table of Contents

Foreword by Ajahn Brahmavara

Foreword by Stella Acquarone


Chapter 1 What is parent-Infant psychotherapy?

Chapter 2 What is Mindfulness?

Chapter 3 The development of the infant’s brain and nervous system

Chapter 4 Pregnancy

Chapter 5 From unbearable, persecutory guilt to tolerable, reparative guilt in working with severely damaged babies and their parents

Chapter 6 Immigration, Dislocation and Loss

Chapter 7 Parental Mental Illness

Chapter 8 Babies with severe congenital disabilities

Chapter 9 Fathers

Chapter 10 Breaking the cycle

About the Author

Maria Pozzi Monzo, Italian born, trained in London at the Tavistock Clinic, BPF/BAP, where she now lectures. She has worked in C.A.M.H.S., PIP-UK and is currently at the School of Infant Mental Health. She is also a trainer in parent-infant psychotherapy in Italy and Switzerland. Her many publications include The Buddha and the Baby (2014). Winner of the Los Angeles, Frances Tustin Memorial Prize in 1999.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health