Meet our expert psychologists
Offering a UK-wide service, PM Psychology is an established firm of expert witness forensic psychologists and therapists. We undertake assessments of adolescents and adults who are involved in both care proceedings and
pre-proceedings and we provide reports to the Family Courts, Social Services and other agencies.
Our psychological therapies are based on a meticulous and scientific approach to reviewing current evidence-based research and on-going training with official providers.
DR SHAUN PARSONS
Director, consultant forensic psychologist, registered psychologist, chartered psychologist, chartered scientist, associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Health and Care Professions Council, PhD, MSc, G.Dip Psych, Dip. HE, BSc (Hons)
Dr Shaun Parsons is a forensic psychologist and has been carrying out expert assessments for the courts for more than 14 years.
His recent professional practice has concentrated on applying a risk assessment model to parenting assessment. He particularly focuses on the association between personality structure as a method of explaining past difficulties and parenting and the use of this information to provide a risk assessment that is robust and based on sound scientific theoretical underpinnings. He is able to assess the risks of violence, substance use, personality difficulties and interpersonal relationships and their impact on parenting.
He has received specialist training on working and assessing sexual offenders and their families including partners' ability to protect. Dr Parsons also has a special interest in the assessment of capacity, especially of people with physical and/or sensory impairments.
Dr Parsons is trained in EMDR and solution focused therapies and is experienced at undertaking group and individual therapy.
Director, chartered psychologist, chartered member of the British Psychological Society, Health and Care Professions Council, MSc, BSc (Hons) registered forensic psychologist
With 10 years of experience, Alex has more recently focused on working in the community with adults and adolescents who have mental health needs, including PTSD, anxiety and depression on a one-to-one basis, as well as delivering groups for perpetrators of domestic violence. He also conducts medico-legal risk assessments of parents for the Family Court throughout England and Wales.
Alex places great importance on continual professional development, and recent formal training includes further CBT skills with The Association for Psychological Therapies; EMDR with Richman EMDR Training (approved by the EMDR International Association); attachment style interviewing with Child and Family Training; DBT skills training with British Isles DBT Training; sleep therapy with Sleep Unlimited and domestic violence perpetrator programmes with Respect.
Alex is actively involved in research into domestic violence programmes in collaboration with Nottingham Trent University, continuing on from peer-reviewed research into domestic violence perpetrators involved in family court proceedings. His previous research includes a thesis establishing effective elements of CBT programmes with adult and adolescent offenders; individual differences of domestic violence perpetrators and the efficacy of assessment tools used for young offenders in formal forensic settings.
Alex also has a background of lecturing at universities and delivering training and workshops for other professionals, including sexual risk management to the police service, court room psychology to social workers and neurological difficulties and behaviour management to professionals working with adolescents in forensic settings. He is also currently training forensic psychologists who are themselves working towards chartership.
Director of operations
Prior to joining Parsons Marshall Psychology in 2017, I had 13 years' experience in the hospitality sector; specifically with the Durham Marriott Hotel, Royal County.
My career began as a food and beverage manager, later moving into the sales and marketing department where roles ranged from pro-active sales and marketing coordinator to maternity cover for the director of sales.
As a director with PM Psychology, I bring a wealth of knowledge of the business market within the North East with my main focus on growing our presence in this market through the promotion of our diverse portfolio of therapeutic interventions which include EMDR, DBT, CBT, sleep therapy, domestic violence programmes for perpetrators and survivors and specialised psychotherapy.
On a day-to-day basis, I act as a liaison between the company directors, our team of employees and our outsourced teams to ensure the vision and strategy is carried through to the frontline. Other tasks include diary management, travel organisation, invoice management, company and team expenses are managed to ensure robust controls are in place and I act as data controller to ensure compliance with GDPR.
Long-term projects include web development, social media presence, company branding, data management, company growth and tendering for long-term projects. I am also working towards Level 4 in AAT with the aim of qualifying as a chartered accountant.
TRAINING FOR PROFESSIONALS
Our experts are available for CPD accredited workshops and training for professionals looking to develop their knowledge base and as part of their continued professional development.
Recent notable workshops have included:
Sex offender risk management, on behalf of the police service
Psychology of the court room, University of Sunderland
Working with adolescents involved in forensic services, University of Sunderland
Training and workshops delivered currently aim to address skills in specific areas, including working with:
Individuals with a learning disability or mental illness
Domestic violence (survivors and perpetrators)
Or to enhance skills within the following areas:
Working with parents and families
Training sessions can be tailored to meet your specific requirements, please contact us for a complimentary consultation.