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Charlotte Parkin
Psychotherapist
Charlotte Parkin

Charlotte Parkin

Charlotte has been a psychotherapist at Priory since 2014. She started on the addiction unit at Priory Hospital North London where she worked with a multidisciplinary team to run a specialist group and individual therapy programme.

Since then, she has worked across the two London wellbeing centres (at Fenchurch Street and Harley Street), providing individual therapy sessions, either independently or as support to both the general and addiction programmes at Priory hospitals in North London, Roehampton and Hayes Grove.

Charlotte has a wealth of experience in the acute mental illness and addiction fields, and always works from a standpoint of uncovering the emotional difficulties behind any maladaptive behaviour.

She also treats those conditions which lead to, or co-exist with, addiction, in particular anxiety, depression, developmental trauma and other maladaptive coping strategies, such as eating disorders or unhelpful relational patterns.  She has developed an in-depth understanding from this training and her own research and is able to treat these as standalone conditions.

Training

Charlotte worked in the media and telecommunications industries after obtaining her degree in 2000.  Since then she has undertaken training in integrative therapy at the Minster College London and started a placement at Priory Hospital North London whilst completing a Master of Addiction Psychology and Counselling at London Southbank University. She has also attended group therapy training at RAPT in London and can run many types of educational and process groups. 

Her particular interests include the concept of self-soothing (substance or process) as a way of overcoming underlying psychological conditions, particularly anxiety and depression, as well as childhood trauma.

Charlotte is currently undertaking metallisation training at the Anna Freud Centre, where she will learn skills to aid those with interpersonal difficulties and personality disorders, helping them to separate their thoughts and feelings from those around them.

Research interests

Recent research paper: Overeating, an alternative form of affect regulation? 

I aim to provide support and motivation for sustainable and rewarding lifestyles and relationships, within a welcoming and reparative environment.  My passion is emotional recovery and I believe everyone I meet is capable of achieving this through realising their own efficacy.  However, I always work to individual needs and expectations.  This is why I am keen not to look at single addictions in isolation and continue to examine the motivation behind the pursuit of oblivion, however that is achieved.

My close connections with various Priory sites and colleagues, as well as my continued interest in research, help me to source the best support for those attending my sessions. 

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