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 Marie Derome

Marie Derome


 Washington Singer 


Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK


Marie Derome is a Lecturer and Lead for the Infant Observation & Child Development Research module on the DPPClinPrac.

Marie is a Psychoanalytic Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist. She trained at the Tavistock and Portman Clinic in London and is a full member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists.

Before her career change to Psychotherapy, Marie worked for the BBC World Service as a Foreign Correspondent. She covered mostly the African continent, particularly Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Marie worked first in CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) in Exeter before joining the CAMHS team in South Glos/Bristol and the PIMHS (Parent-Infant Mental Health Service) in East Bristol.  She then joined the Bridge Foundation in Bristol, a not for profit organisation offering community mental health support. She was part of a multi-disciplinary team offering sessions to self-referred patients (0-25) and their families, but also to patients whose therapeutic support had been commissioned by Social Services or the Adoption Support Fund.

From early on in her training, Marie developed a special interest in early intervention which led her to working with parents who were struggling to bond and form a healthy relationship with their babies. At the Bridge, she set up the Parent-Infant Psychotherapy service (PIP).

Marie now runs a private clinic in East Devon. She its currently writing a book on the Parent-Infant bonding process. 


Research interests

Marie’s special interests are:

  • Early intervention
  • Parent-infant bonding process
  • Trauma affecting the bonding progress in particular traumatic birth
  • Child development
  • Attachment, especially in adopted children and those in the care system
  • Impact of early trauma on the development of the child/young person

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