Dr Adele Parker
Clinical Psychologist BSc (Hons) ClinPsyD CPsychol AFBPsS
Dr Adele Parker obtained a First class BSc Honours degree in Psychology at the University of Hull in 2001. Since then she has provided psychological reports, assessments and treatment within the NHS and the private sector.
She obtained a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2004 and is registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (PYL19234), a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Graduate Member and Fellowship Member of the British Psychological Society and the Division of Clinical Psychology (Membership No. 040590). Adele is also a member of the EMDR Association, UK and Ireland (Membership No. J148).
From 2004 to 2010, Adele worked within a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, working with a wide range of generic mental health difficulties, including anxiety based problems (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Phobias, Health Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Separation Anxiety), and depression following adverse life events, such as bereavement and loss. She also spent six years as a Lead Clinical Psychologist within a specialist Looked After and Adopted Children’s Mental Health Team and has specialist experience working with children and young adults who have experienced development trauma and severe attachment difficulties.
Adele has been working in independent practice since 2007 offering psychological assessment and therapeutic work across the age range. Therapeutically Adele’s specialist areas are within trauma, ranging from single event traumas, such as road traffic accidents, to mass terror and natural disasters, to developmental trauma (individuals who have experienced trauma throughout their early development, such as maltreatment, family violence, or a disruption in attachment to their primary caregiver). Adele has considerable experience in carrying out assessments for the Local Authority to address the psychological effects of trauma. She has extensive experience using attachment-based interventions, (through direct clinical work, employing a dyadic approach with children suffering from the impact of past attachment trauma), consultation meetings with both social services departments and independent organisations for children in foster/residential care and adoptive placements, as well as clinical supervision.
Adele has experience of carrying out medico legal assessments and reports, by legal instruction, regarding the psychological effects of trauma. She has expertise in a number of therapeutic orientations, with particular emphasis on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) and attachment-based therapies, such as Dyadic Developmental Therapy (Level 1).
Adele is also the Team Co-ordinator of NCPS specialist Autism Service. She plays an active role in all assessments and ensures each family receives the highest quality of service from start to finish. In addition, Adele has become increasingly passionate about the impact professional sport can have upon mental health and in 2020 set up a separate specialist Sports Service.
As the founder of NCPS, Adele spends a significant proportion of her time developing and shaping the overall service, as well as overseeing the whole company in order to ensure that individuals receive an excellent dedicated service in their assessment and treatment. Over the last 10 years, she has developed a robust infrastructure that surrounds NCPS. In 2016 she welcomed Dr Lisa Winter into the team as Clinical Manager and together they work diligently to shape and improve the service. Adele is dedicated to maintaining the highest quality, efficiency, flexibility and integrity within NCPS.
When not at NCPS, Adele is a mother to three very loved children. She enjoys food and wine, but confesses to being a rubbish cook, leaving the kitchen duties to ex-cricketer hubby, Gareth. Before becoming a psychologist, Adele studied art and design and still keeps her hand in as a hobby.
Dr Lisa Winter
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
BSc (Hons) ClinPsyD CPsychol AFBPsS
Dr Lisa Winter is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. She is registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and is registered as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and both Graduate and Fellowship member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). She is also a Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology and the Leadership and Management Faculty of the BPS.
Lisa gained a first-class BSc Honours Degree in Clinical Psychology in 1997 and qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2001. In 2008 she became Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead over psychological services for working age adults across four community mental health teams, assertive outreach, early intervention in psychosis and acute mental health services.
Since 2005 Dr Winter has worked within the independent sector delivery high-quality care to adults who experience psychological challenges across the whole spectrum of difficulties, complexities and severities including low-confidence and self-esteem, anxiety, low mood and depression, trauma, interpersonal and relational issues, identity issues, obsessive-compulsive difficulties, bi-polar disorder, personality issues, body and eating-related difficulties, sleep disorders and work-related issues. She is qualified to deliver a range of evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) and 5-session Cognitive Analytic Therapy, although she tends to prefer to work in an integrative and individually tailored way, depending on what the client needs and prefers.
The most important thing all of Lisa’s training and years of experience have taught her is that the person comes first: the unique needs, concerns and strengths each person brings into the work (be it an assessment, therapy, supervision, consultancy or training) is the key that helps build good relationships, good outcomes and, importantly, makes every moment of the work and a person’s journey, even the challenging parts, a real privilege to be a part of.
Lisa has provided consultancy; clinical, professional and line management supervision; and has delivered training to qualified staff and students from a range of professions. As a Placement Supervisor and Honorary Lecturer for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology course at the University of Sheffield, Lisa has also provided regular placements for and delivered teaching to many Trainee Clinical Psychologists over the years.
In 2016, Lisa took the decision to leave the NHS in order to focus on further developing her own independent practice and on spending more time with her young family. During this same year she had the great pleasure of also joining NCPS as their Clinical Manager on a part-time basis.
Lisa’s role as Clinical Manager affords her the opportunity to work as part of a dedicated team who place the person and high-quality care at the centre of every decision. As well as helping to support the delivery of clinical excellence through regular case management of NCPS Associates, Lisa works in partnership with NCPS’s Managing Director, Dr Adele Parker, in shaping future service development and in improving service processes and pathways. A service that strives for quality necessarily values any and all feedback and so another important aspect of the Clinical Manager role is to review feedback from customers and our service partners, respond to any complaints and meaningfully integrate feedback into the service change process.
Lisa has felt privileged to be part NCPS’s journey of positive change since 2016 and is looking forward, with enthusiasm, for the changes that will form NCPS’s future.