About me

Monika ParkinsonI am a qualified clinical psychologist with over 10 years experience of working for the NHS, the University of Reading and in private practice. I have worked with clients of all ages and from different backgrounds across a number of healthcare settings. I have specialist knowledge and experience of working with anxiety disorders and depression, as well as working directly with parents.

For a number of years I have also been involved in major research studies aimed at enhancing psychological treatments for anxious youth. I regularly provide training and supervision to other professionals and trainees and guest lecture at various institutions including UCL, University of Oxford, Anna Freud Centre and University of Reading. Currently I work part-time for the NHS and I am a Research Fellow part-time at the University of Reading. I have recently been awarded an NIHR doctoral research fellowship to carry out research into depression in adolescents, particularly focusing on improving treatments and findings ways to support the family.


BSc (Hons) Psychology, 1st Class, University of Reading

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DclinPsy), Royal Holloway University of London

CBT Practitioner (BABCP full accreditation) www.babcp.com


British Psychological Society (Chartered Psychologist) www.bps.org.uk                                                                        

Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology www.bps.org.uk/bpslegacy/dcp

Registered by the Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) www.hcpc-org.uk

Member of the Association of Child Psychologists in Private Practice www.achippp.org.uk

Member of the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) www.acamh.org

Examples of publications

Waite, P., Parkinson, M., Willetts, L. and Creswell, C. (2014). Modifying the family environment. In: Sburlati, E.S., Lyneham, H.J., Schniering, C.A. and Rapee, R.M. (eds.) Evidence-based CBT for anxiety and depression in children and adolescents: A competencies based approach. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, pp. 275-300. ISBN 9781118469255 http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118469259.html

Parkinson, M., and Creswell, C. (2011). Worry and problem-solving skills and beliefs in primary school children. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 50 (1). pp. 106-112. ISSN 2044-8260

Creswell, C., Hentges, F., Parkinson, M. B., Sheffield, P., Willetts, L. and Cooper, P. J. (2010). Feasibility of guided CBT self-help for childhood anxiety disorders in primary care. Mental Health in Family Medicine, 7 (1). pp. 49-57. ISSN 1756-834X


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In the media

Dr Monika Parkinson regularly appears on the local BBC Berkshire Anne Diamond show, as well as occasionally on national radio and in the press.