Dr Anne Ward and Dr Danny Goldberger

Dr Anne Ward is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, and leads the trust-wide perinatal psychotherapy service. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis

Dr Danny Goldberger is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist with a specialist interest in the perinatal period. He has worked in SLAM’s perinatal psychotherapy service and Surrey’s Parent-Infant Mental Health Service. In the past, he has also established a Children’s Centre based under 5s service in South London.


Winnicott and Bion offer distinct but related models for infant development as crucially sustained by the mother-infant relationship.  The use of this relationship is illustrated clinically and movingly in Fraiberg’s paper, the first significant contribution to the parent-infant therapy literature.  Dr Ward and Dr Golberger will consider the relevant theoretical models and illustrate the continued relevance of Fraiberg’s contribution over 40 years later.


Winnicott DW (1960).  The Theory of the Parent Infant Relationship. International Journal of Psychoanalysis. 41, 585-595

Fraiberg S, Adelson E & Shapiro V (1975) . Ghosts in the Nursery: A Psychoanalytic Approach to the Problems of Impaired Infant-Mother relationships. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 14(3), 387-421.

Shuttleworth J (1997) Psychoanalytic theory and infant development. In: Closely Observed Infants (Miller J, Rustin M, Rustin M & Shuttleworth J Eds) Bristol Classical Press