Interviewing leaders

in mental health

Interviewing leaders in mental health

About Us

We are a group of mental health professionals working in the service of children and their families.

About MINDinMIND

We want to make a difference to the mental health of children by sharing the best clinical practice and ideas we have found to be most helpful for the children and families we work with. Our thinking draws on the latest research in psychoanalysis, attachment theory, neuroscience and developmental ideas.

We are bringing curious, open minds and depth of thinking to child and family mental health.Please do reach out if you have any ideas about helping children and families or to share how your therapeutic service is helping children, wherever you are in the world. We also welcome individuals who would like to volunteer with us.

Connect with us: contact@mindinmind.org.uk

Portrait Photo of Jane Orourke – MINDinMIND Founder

Jane O’Rourke

“I am passionate about how we can help the most vulnerable children in our world. At MINDinMIND we explore the ideas and experience of some of the most brilliant minds in child mental health. We are developing into a rich resource for your personal and professional development for the benefit of the children and families you work with.

Jane is a Psychodynamic Child, Adolescent and Family Psychotherapist working in schools, NHS and private practice. She trained at the Tavistock Clinic. She was formerly an award-winning Producer for the BBC. She is interested in how key psychological ideas, clinical experience and wisdom from our leading mental health clinicians from around the world can be made more widely available to help improve child and family mental health. In 2023 Jane was given the Association of Infant Mental Health’s Founders Award for her contribution to the field.

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Graham Music

“I think MINDinMIND is a really important legacy project which will provide a fantastic resource for current and future generations of therapists and ensure that the ideas of our most experienced thinkers are out there available in accessible formats.”

Graham Music is a Consultant Child Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Centre and adult psychotherapist in private practice. Graham’s publications include Nurturing Children: From Trauma to Hope using neurobiology, psychoanalysis and attachment (2019), Nurturing Natures: (2016, 2010), Affect and Emotion (2001), and The Good Life (2014). He has passion for exploring the interface between developmental findings and clinical work. A former Associate Clinical Director at the Tavistock Clinic, he has managed and developed many services working with the aftermath of child maltreatment. He works clinically with forensic cases at The Portman Clinic, and teaches, lectures and supervises in Britain and abroad.Graham’s website: https://www.nurturingnatures.co.uk/

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Stephen Seligman, D.M.H.

“Infants and children are the most vulnerable among us, but all too many of our systems overlook them and allocate our resources elsewhere.  MINDinMIND presents the voices of those most involved with children, and offers psychotherapists and others concerned about them a chance to hear how care and thoughtful attention can sustain new developments–in individual children and more broadly, in our cultures and economies.”

Stephen is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis; Joint Editor-in-Chief of Psychoanalytic Dialogues; Training and Supervising Analyst at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California.

He is the author of Relationships in Development: Infancy, Intersubjectivity, Attachment (Routledge, 2018) and co-editor of the American Psychiatric Press’ Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Core Concepts and Clinical Practice.  He is also associate editor of Studies in Gender and Sexuality, and was a member of the founding executive board of the Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.  He has authored over 75 papers, chapters, reviews, and other publications.

In the infant clinical area, Stephen’s recent work has focused on translating psychodynamic concepts to the broader arenas of work with infants, both in infant-parent psychotherapy and in work with special populations, such as abused and neglected infants and infants with developmental disabilities.  He practices, teaches and writes about infant intervention from the perspective of the continuing evolution of the original model designed by Selma Fraiberg and her colleagues, in which he was directly involved for over three decades.

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Shivani Lamba

“Mind in Mind is the first online platform to curate and centralise high-quality resources for current and future child and family therapists and other professionals working therapeutically with children. It’s an enormous opportunity to effect meaningful and systemic change where it is desperately needed in our society. This project’s mission – to bring together the brightest minds in the field to inspire, better inform and facilitate conversations between practitioners – is a critical one.

Shivani is a software engineer, creative technologist and the founder and CEO of Brightlobe, a VC-backed child health startup and games studio. Prior to her work at Brightlobe, she worked for 8+ years as a software engineer (most recently at the Financial Times) and for 5+ years as a neuroscience researcher at the National Institutes of Health as a Post-Baccalaureate IRTA Fellow. She studied neuroscience at University College London and graduated on an International Open Scholarship with a distinction for the highest-scoring finalist project undertaken at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.

Shivani’s website: https://www.shivanilamba.com and Brightlobe’s: https://brightlobe.com/

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Nikki Jecks

“MindinMind gives our audiences an opportunity to join in a conversation with the most innovative child therapists and researchers of our times. I believe it’s so important to create this collective space to share learning and experience that reaches beyond the therapy room and research labs to those who are working alongside our children today as they grow and develop.

Nikki is an integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist who works with young people and their families in both private practice and in schools. She also teaches on a child psychotherapy MA training. She has previously worked as a journalist for the BBC and NPR and for the United Nations, developing programmes to support victims of gender-based violence. Her publication Ending Violence Against Women (2002) has been used to guide international policy, and her documentary on young Asian men’s changing attitudes to feminism was screened at the opening ceremony of the Beijing +5 conference at the UN in New York in 2000. In her earlier work as now, she continues to highlight the importance of connecting to ourselves and others, through our life stories.

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