Rachel Fraser

picI’m Dr Rachel Fraser. I am a perinatal clinical psychologist based in Glasgow, and I work with parents, prospective parents and their little ones. I’m also a mum to two wonderful, crazy school age boys. I’ve experienced a difficult first birth, and also how different and more positive second birth can be.

I have worked in many parts of the NHS, which including Mother & Baby, Community Mental Health, Psychiatric Crisis and Acute Inpatient settings. For some years I have also been a Consultant Clinical Psychologist for an expert witness organisation in the Family Court assessment of complex families in matters pertaining to parenting, trauma, development and family assessment.

I trained to doctoral level in Clinical Psychology at the University of Essex/ Tavistock Clinic, where I undertook research at the Anna Freud Centre on the quality of the mother-infant relationship as part of their Parent-Infant Psychotherapy Programme under supervision of Prof Peter Fonagy. I am trained in Reflective Parenting, Mentalisation-based Therapy, Behavioural Family Therapy and the Emotional Availability Scales (parent-infant interaction). As well as Clinical Psychology training, I completed a Mental Health MSc at King’s College London/ Institute of Psychiatry with a specialism in psychodynamic psychotherapy.

I’m currently employed as the NHS Clinical Lead of a large pilot site for the Scottish Government-funded Distress Brief Intervention programme, an innovative service for those who present to services experiencing high distress.

I also coordinate the work of the Parent-Infant Foundation in Scotland, developing Parent-Infant Relationship teams in Scotland. I supervise perinatal psychologists and provide reflective practice to Amma Birth Companions, a wonderful charity who make sure destitute and traumatised women in Glasgow don’t go through birth alone.

Qualifications and training include:

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

(Doctoral research in Parental Emotional Availability carried out at Anna Freud Centre, London under supervision of Prof Peter Fonagy)

MSc Mental Health Studies (specialism Psychodynamic Psychotherapy)

Supervision (UCL, update University of Glasgow)

Mentalisation-based Treatment

Reflective Parenting (mentalisation-based parenting)

Emotional Availaibilty Scales

Solihull Parenting Approach

Behavioural Family Therapy