Who we are

Relationships are Everything!

Sometimes things can get in the way of you enjoying your relationship with your baby, such as depression, anxiety, a difficult birth, worries about your baby, or your own parenting experience and difficult events from the past. Having a baby can activate so many of our own insecurities and vulnerabilities as parents.

By offering specialist, therapeutic parent-infant mental health support during pregnancy and in the postnatal period, we can help parents to 'separate out' their own past and present struggles and issues. Without this specialist support, these issues can have a huge impact on the parent-infant bond, their relationship and the mental health of both parent and child.

We believe that most parents want to be ‘the best possible parent they can be to their baby’ (and be a better parent than their own parents!). We want to support parents to build secure attachments and loving bonds with their babies.  We want to support them to go on to break tough negative life cycles which get in the way of what is the most important relationship – the parent infant relationship.

We provide easy to engage, non judgemental parent-infant therapy and support for pregnant women, new parents and their partners, who struggle with their emotional wellbeing, have other vulnerabilities, and who have concerns about their bonding and relationship with their baby. We are a team of clinical psychologists, parent infant therapists, multi disciplinary professionals and volunteers who are passionate and committed to supporting parents in the Knowsley and Sefton communities.

We are specialists in supporting parents or carers and their infants with their mental health, emotional wellbeing and struggles with becoming new parents. We support them to build happy, secure and loving relationships with their babies. Sessions are offered to families either in the family home or in the community.

Our service is for parents and carers in Knowsley who are pregnant or have a new born baby aged 0-6 months, who are struggling with their emotional wellbeing or struggling in their relationship with their baby. 

We work in partnership with Liverpool Women’s Hospital and St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospital. We work closely with other health colleagues and care professionals to ensure families in Knowsley are fully supported. 

Referrals can be made by any professional such as a health visitor, midwife, family nurse, GP, social worker or early help worker.


For information on how to refer in HaltonSouthport and Forbmy, South Sefton, and Warrington, visit our GP and referrers sections.

We welcome telephone enquiries to discuss suitability prior to referral. Please call us on 0151 351 8801 if you would like to arrange this. Referrals can be sent to mcn-tr.babsknowsley@nhs.net

In addition to the clinical support we provide to families, we offer specialist parent infant mental health training and consultation to multi agency professionals locally.

Gemma Docherty – Interim Team manager

Dr Lisa Marsland – Consultant clinical psychologist

Dr Kate Abbott – Clinical Psychologist

Clare Clark – Specialist Mental Health Practitioner

Michelle Hughes- Trainee Clinical Psychologist

Bente Boekhorst – CYP IAPT Trainee

Carol Ann Duggan – CYP IAPT Trainee

Gosia Barrow – Team Secretary

What the parents we work with have to say