Interview with Dilys Daws

Dilys Daws’ contribution to the field of infant mental health and child psychotherapy has been immense.  

Her work has spanned more than five decades, raising awareness of the difficulties experienced by babies and their families and shaping public opinion and government policy.  

Her clinical work has also been remarkable, marking her out as one of the most important child psychotherapists of her generation. 
Since 1976, Dilys has been transforming the lives of children and parents in what might be to some an unconventional setting for psychotherapeutic work. In her interview with Jane O’Rourke from MindinMind, she talks about how she has been going to the James Wigg GP Practice, in Kentish Town, London to stand by the weighing scales, observing what takes place as parents bring in their babies to be checked.

Dilys has been inspirational to many practitioners.

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1 thought on “Interview with Dilys Daws”

  1. I really enjoyed listening to this interview. Dilys was very influential during my training as a child psychotherapist in the 1990s. Being part of the then ‘Under Five’s workshop’ at the Tavistock Clinic, coordinated by Dilys and Juliet Hopkins, was a great inspiration, and has directed my work ever since.

    In this interview, Dilys emphasizes that for some parents “just telling the story .. is all that’s needed”. She suggests “simply saying ‘How was it for you?’” to encourage them to tell that story – underlining the importance of being curious and giving space to the parents’ narrative.

    I am concerned that this attachment-informed approach, taking account of parental experience/trauma and what ‘ghosts’ or ‘angels’ in the nursery may be being brought to bear on the parent-infant relationship, is still something of a novelty in many CAMHS and perinatal services. More IMH awareness-raising work to be done!

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