Margot Sunderland

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Margot Sunderland is a British child psychologist and psychotherapist. She is Director of Education and Training at the Centre for Child Mental Health [1] and Honorary Visiting Fellow at London Metropolitan University at London Metropolitan University. She has been working with families and children for over 30 years. She is the author of over twenty books in the field of child mental health, which collectively have been translated into eighteen languages and published in 24 countries.

Her internationally acclaimed book, The Science of Parenting won First Prize in the British Medical Association Medical Book awards 2007 Popular Medicine section. The book, endorsed by the affective neuroscientist Professor Jaak Panksepp, is the result of ten years research on the long-term effects of adult-child interaction on the developing brain. The book has also been voted one of the top brain books of our time by the Dana Foundation. Her books which form the "Helping Children with Feelings" series are used as key therapeutic tools by child professionals.

Sunderland is also Chief Executive and Founding Director of the Institute for Arts and Therapy in Education,[2] an Independent Higher Education College and academic partner of University of East London, training child psychotherapists, child counsellors and art therapists. Sunderland has written or co-written master's degree programmes, unique in the field of child mental health e.g. MA Integrative Child Psychotherapy and MA Education: Emotional Literacy for Children. She is also founder of the 'Helping Where it Hurts' programme which offers free arts therapy to troubled children in Islington Primary schools.


  1. ^ "Welcome to The Centre For Child Mental Health - Centre for Child Mental Health". Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education London". Retrieved 14 July 2018.

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  • Margot Sunderland (2015) Best Relationship with your Child: The First Five Years. DVD, Redshark TV.
  • Margot Sunderland (2015) Best Relationship with your Child: Creative Quality Time. DVD, Redshark TV.
  • Margot Sunderland (2015) Best Relationship with your Child: age 5 to 12. DVD, Redshark TV.
  • Margot Sunderland (2015) "Conversations that Matter". Worth Publishing. ISBN 1903269245
  • Margot Sunderland, Nicky Armstrong (Illustrator)(2013) "Helping Children with Troubled Parents: A Guidebook (Helping Children with Feelings)". Speechmark Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0863888003
  • Margot Sunderland, Nicky Armstrong (Illustrator) (2013)."Monica Plum's Horrid Problem (Helping Children with Feelings)". Speechmark Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0863887511
  • Margot Sunderland (2012). "Bothered: Helping Teenagers to Talk about their Feelings". Speechmark Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0863889085
  • Margot Sunderland (2012). "Helping Teenagers with Anger & Low Self-Esteem". Hinton House Publishers Ltd. ISBN 1906531307
  • Margot Sunderland (2008). "Smasher: A Story to Help Adolescents with Anger & Alienation: A Story to Help Teenagers with Anger and Alienation". Hinton House Publishers Ltd. ISBN 1906531102
  • Margot Sunderland (2008). "The Science of Parenting". DK ADULT. ISBN 0-7566-3993-X
  • Margot Sunderland (2008). "Draw on Your Relationships". Speechmark Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0863886299
  • Margot Sunderland (2007). "What Every Parent Needs to Know: The incredible effects of love, nurture and play on your child's development". DK ADULT. ISBN 1405320362
  • Margot Sunderland (2003). "The Day the Sea Went out and Never Came Back". Speechmark Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0863884636
  • Margot Sunderland (2003). "Ruby and the Rubbish Bin". Speechmark Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0863884628
  • Margot Sunderland (2003). "Helping Children with Loss: A Guidebook". Speechmark Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0863884679
  • Margot Sunderland (2003). "How Hattie Hated Kindness". Speechmark Publishing Ltd. ISBN 086388461X
  • Margot Sunderland (2003). "Teenie Weenie in a Too Big World: A Story for Fearful Children". Speechmark Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0863884601
  • Margot Sunderland (2003). Helping Children Locked in Rage or Hate: A Guidebook. Speechmark Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0863884652
  • Margot Sunderland (2003). Helping Children with Fear: A Guidebook. Speechmark Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0863884644
  • Margot Sunderland (2001). "Using Story Telling as a Therapeutic Tool with Children". Speechmark Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0863884253
  • Margot Sunderland (2001). "Helping Children Who Bottle Up Their Feelings: A Guidebook". Speechmark Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0863884571
  • Margot Sunderland (2001). "A Pea Called Mildred: A Story to Help Children Pursue Their Hopes and Dreams". Speechmark Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0863884970
  • Margot Sunderland (2001). "A Nifflenoo Called Nevermind: A Story for Children Who Bottle Up Their Feelings". Speechmark Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0863884962
  • Margot Sunderland (2001). "Willy and the Wobbly House: A Story for Children Who are Anxious or Obsessional". Speechmark Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0863884989
  • Margot Sunderland (2001). "A Wibble Called Bipley: A Story for Children Who Have Hardened Their Hearts or Becomes Bullies". Speechmark Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0863884946
  • Margot Sunderland (2001). "The Frog Who Longed for the Moon to Smile: A Story for Children Who Yearn for Someone They Love". Speechmark Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0863884954
  • Margot Sunderland (1997). "Draw on Your Emotions". Speechmark Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0863883397