Shelley Parkin

Dr Shelley Parkin

Chartered Clinical Psychologist

 (AFBPsS., C.Psychol., D.Clin.Psy., MSc., BSc. Hons.)


Expertise and Experience

Dr Parkin is a Registered Clinical Psychologist and a Chartered Psychologist.  Dr Parkin works with clients of all ages: adults, adolescents and children. She provides assessment and intervention with a range of difficulties including anxiety, low mood, attachment/family relationships, eating disorders, trauma (PTSD) and neurological and/or cognitive difficulties associated with but not limited to, autism and learning disability.  Psychological problems have often been related to experiences associated with diagnoses (e.g. psychosis, autism, learning disability), or difficulties that have their origins in childhood, leaving the individual with difficult thoughts and feelings including shame and low self-esteem.  Dr Parkin has experience working with more complex presentations including clients with a forensic history and severe and enduring psychological conditions.  Dr Parkin has experience within neuropsychology and has worked with the families and those people affected by lifelong conditions such as dyspraxia and spastic paraparesis; progressive illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis; and acquired brain injuries, particularly head injuries.

Dr Parkin has worked within the NHS for approximately 10 years across a range of environments.  Alongside Purple House, Dr Parkin currently works for an acquired brain injury service and undertakes private work with general members of the public – across the lifespan - experiencing common psychological difficulties.  Her roles are varied and include direct therapeutic work with clients, teaching multi-disciplinary colleagues, and service development.

Qualifications & Training

2011- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psy.), University of Leicester.

2009- CBT Masterclasses, University of Leicester

2006- Master of Science in Forensic Psychology (MSc.), University of Leicester.

2001- Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology (BSc. Hons.), University of Lincoln.

Professional Registrations & Memberships

Health and Care Professionals Council (PYL27388)

British Psychological Society (126161)


Adult Psychology (anxiety, low mood and self-esteem, eating disorders, PTSD, childhood trauma, interpersonal problems)

Child/Adolescent Psychology (mental health problems, behaviour problems, family relationships/parenting)

Neuropsychology - acquired brain injury, particularly traumatic head injury (anxiety, low mood and self-esteem, anger and stress management, trauma (including PTSD), family relationships/interpersonal problems, behaviour problems, carer distress)

Learning Disability (anxiety, low mood, trauma, relationships/interpersonal problems)

Main Therapeutic Approaches

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Schema Therapy

Compassionate Mind/Mindfulness approaches