Dr Vaillancourt completed an undergraduate psychology degree in Toronto, Canada before moving to the UK to complete a Master’s degree and later a professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. She has expertise in delivering psychological therapy to women and their infants in the perinatal period in both primary and secondary care. She has interests in how evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Behavioural Couples Therapy (BCT) and Video-Interaction Guidance (VIG) can be effectively adapted and applied to those in the perinatal period. She is involved in teaching, training and supervision of professionals and psychological therapists working with parents in the perinatal period, including those who may have experienced reproductive trauma and loss. Prior to working as a clinical psychologist, she delivered therapist guided self-help to parents of children with anxiety disorders was involved in research relating to mother-infant relationships and early child development. Currently, she is undertaking a fellowship funded by the National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) focusing on the assessment of mother-infant interaction in the context of perinatal mental health problems. She is passionate about offering treatment in the perinatal period and in the development of interventions which have the potential to mitigate intergenerational patterns of psychopathology.
In her debut blog, Kyla Vaillancourt summarises an umbrella review, which suggests that CBT is the most effective treatment for reducing symptoms of perinatal depression. However, many questions remain about psychological support for mothers, infants and families during the perinatal period.[read the full story...]