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Dr Fionnuala Stuart

Categories: *Pregnancy and birth, Psychiatrists

I am a Consultant Child Psychiatrist with a special interest in supporting parents in the perinatal period and in the early years of parenting.  I completed my specialist training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Tavistock Clinic, London.  I was clinical lead for an NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health team in Barnet and, more recently, have worked in specialist services including the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) and Paediatric Liaison services in Barnet General Hospital.  I am an elected member of the executive committee of the Faculty of Perinatal Psychiatry at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

I am an accredited practitioner of Video Interaction Guidance (VIG), a short-medium term therapy which uses video feedback to promote strong, secure relationships (see for more information).  By capturing on film and then examining together moments of positive connection between parents and their babies/children, VIG can be very helpful in supporting relationships which have been disrupted by, for example, mental health difficulties in the parents in the perinatal period, a traumatic pregnancy or birth, prematurity and/or illness around the time of birth or in early childhood.  It can also be used to support relationships between parents and babies/children where there has been a period of separation (e.g. because of care proceedings) or for post-adoption support.  I may be able to provide VIG in the home environment for those based in London.