Dr Catherine Thomas

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Catherine Thomas has worked  as a Community Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in East Anglia, and in Scotland since 2003. In her previous post in East Anglia Dr Thomas was  joint Clinical Lead for the Norfolk Perinatal Infant Mental Health Attachment Service, which offered psychiatric care and psychotherapy for high risk mothers and infants. More recently, Dr Thomas worked in the Perinatal Community Mental Health Service in East Anglia where she  offered assessment and treatment to mothers and their infants with perinatal illness. Her role included consultation and support to the multidisciplinary team and partner agencies, and development of the parent – infant therapy offer within the service. 

Dr Thomas is on the specialist register for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 

Dr Thomas’s expertise and experience includes assessment and treatment of a wide range of child, adolescent and family difficulties, including neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD. As part of her role, Dr Thomas has worked  in the Looked After and Adopted Children’s Service  for years, offering  consultation and support to professionals,  foster and adoptive families, as well as assessment and treatment of young people with complex trauma.  

Dr Thomas is also trained in the assessment and treatment of Perinatal Disorders. 

Dr Thomas’s area of special interest is in attachment difficulties across the age span, including the parent – infant relationship and she has extensive training  and experience in this area.  Dr Thomas has offered supervision , training and consultation to a wide range of trainees and professionals throughout her career, with a focus on  attachment and parent infant difficulties. 

Degrees And Education

  • MB., ChB University of Cape Town, South Africa  1983
  • MRCPsych 1993
  • GMC Specialist Register for Child And Adolescent Psychiatry  1998

Current Professional Positions

Dr Thomas is a member of the Royal  College of Psychiatrists Perinatal Faculty Executive Committee, and sits on the Parent Infant  Subgroup.