Dr Abi Parnell, Clinical Director

Dr Abi Parnell Child Psychologist HampshireAbout Abi

I have training and experience in a range of different psychological therapies and approaches including cognitive, behavioural, systemic and psychodynamic approaches to the psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of children and young people. Overall, I would describe my approach as ‘integrative’, in that I try to choose whatever method appears to be best suited to the young person, the difficulty they are presenting with and their hopes for our work together.”


  • Psychology BSc, University of Surrey, Guildford (1999-2002)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Mental Health, University of Surrey, Guildford (2007-2008)
  • Practitioner Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsychD.) University of Surrey (2007-2010)

Key Experience

  • Over ten years of experience within the NHS and in private practice
  • Since 2009, I have specialised in working with children, adolescents and families presenting with a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties

Special Interests

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Systemic therapy approaches (in particular Solution Focused Therapy)
  • Narrative therapy
  • Neuroscience and its application to the promotion of emotional wellbeing in children

Clinic Locations

  • Petersfield
  • Southsea (Portsmouth)

Abi outside The Orchard

“A good work life balance is essential to me. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two young children. We lead an active outdoor lifestyle. We enjoy walks in the country with our family dog, cooking and spending time socialising with friends and family. I am very committed to maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle and am a firm believer in the benefits of exercise to promote a healthy body and mind. I am an avid runner and enter road and trail races through the year to give my training a real focus.”