Louise Emanuel

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Dr Louise Emanuel (PhD) was a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, working in the Child and Family Department of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She was Head of Local Under Fives Services, and Co-Convenor of the weekly Infant Mental Health Workshop, run as part of the Child Psychotherapy training. She had a special interest in work with parents, infants and children under five, as well as work with Looked After Children (LAC), and children with learning and physical disabilities. She also had experience in consultation to organisations caring for children.

You can read an obituary for Dr Emanuel on the Guardian website

Supervision experience

  • supervision of parent-infant interventions, and clinical work with children across the age range, specialising in work with under fives
  • Skype supervision of under fives work in Greece and elsewhere in Europe
  • 'live' supervision as part of conferences run in Brazil, Taiwan, and Australia


What can the Matter be? Therapeutic Interventions with parents, infants and young children' (2008), Karnac Books, Eds Emanuel, L and Bradley, E

'Understanding your Three Year Old' (2005) – part of the 'Understanding your Child' series, Jessica Kingsley

16 publications in various peer reviewed journals, and chapters of books (PhD by Published Work, 2011)

Featured on the Nursery World website in March 2013 is an article written by Dr Emanuel relating to how 'too few staff can lead to premature independence'. Louise explains why she believes that proposals to reduce ratios of staff to children could harm children's development. Louise's article can be read here: Too few staff can lead to premature independence

Louise Emanuel