Sharon Parnell


BA (Hons) MPsych (Clinical)


Clinical Psychologist

Age Groups:


Areas of Interest:

Behavioural and Emotional problems in Childhood
Attachment focused intervention (infancy to adulthood)
Postnatal Depression and Perinatal Mental Health
Depressive disorders
Anxiety disorders
Stress and adjustment difficulties
Relationship problems and family dynamics
Self-Esteem and Assertiveness
Registered Circle of Security Parenting Educator

Therapy Frameworks:

Attachment Focused Intervention
Family of Origin Based Intervention
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Contact Details:

Mobile: 0413 613 848
Fax: 9226 0619

Days and Hours of Working:

Monday 9.30am - 5pm
Tuesday 9.30am - 6pm
Tuesday Evening - 7pm – 8.30pm Circle of Security Parenting Education Group, during school terms
Thursday 8.30am - 12.30pm

Sharon commenced in Private practice in 2004.  Prior to this, she had worked at a private psychiatric hospital in Perth, gaining experience in both group and individual psychotherapy using a CBT model. 

Working in private practice and the Child Development Service allowed Sharon to develop her skills with children and families with a range of developmental, emotional and social difficulties. During this time, she was also able to participate in research regarding the outcomes of very early pre-term birth and developed an interest in perinatal mental health.

Through her work with children, adolescents and adults, the importance of close relationships in determining our perceptions of ourselves and others, the world has become ever more clear to her.  Sharon is continuing to learn and explore more in this area through supervision, ongoing training and learning.

In addition to individual therapy, Sharon offers “Circle of Security” parenting groups for parents of young children, on a Tuesday evening during school terms. The Circle of Security parenting programme is an internationally developed and validated 8-week programme focusing on enhancing understanding of relationships between young children and their caregivers.  It assists caregivers in understanding their child’s needs and cues, and how their moment-to-moment responses interact with these needs. With greater understanding, parents are able to choose responses to their children that will assist in meeting their child’s needs and creating a more secure relationship.  To discuss the suitability of this group for you, please call Sharon. 

Sharon is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society, The Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists, and the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health Inc.