Alex Lives in the North east of England with his wife and three children and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. He works in counselling therapy,person centred care/ support, entertainment and party photography and is also a popular writer of books on counselling.
Alex started studying psychology based subjects in 2000 when working with people who live with physical and learning disabilities at Northumberland County Council's Bedlington Day Centre. It was his aim to encourage a culture of support rather than dependency, and assist people to fulfil their potential in order to maintain a sense of self esteem. In 2005 he established Self Process workshops in Bedlington Day Centre which was aimed at encouraging therapeutic discussion and stimulate self confidence. In 2007 many of the service users left Bedlington Day Centre and with the support of Northumberland County Council set up and began to manage their own day service for people who have disabilities which has become extremely successful. Alex continues working as a Care worker and for a short time as a Non Abusive Psychological and Physical Intervention (NAPPI) trainer with Bedlington Day Centre/ Mowbray Day Centre and Northumberland County Council. Alex's work in care inspired him to write an 'Hierarchy of Needs in Care & Support'.
Alex worked as a volunteer with Contact Mental Health Group in Morpeth from 2005 till 2010 offering Counselling and personal development workshops.
The workshops proved very popular, attracting people from all over the north east to attend. Life coaching was combined with psychotherapy to encourage people to make long term plans for the future and move toward volunteer work and employment. Alex also worked as a volunteer counsellor with Escape Family Support from 2006 till 2007 for people effected by alcohol and substance dependency. It was during this time that Alex worked with both victims and perpetrators of serious crime which has contributed greatly to his perspective on human nature.
Alex started Actualisation Resource Counselling and Certification(Arcc) in 2006 offering workshops and distance learning for subjects of a spiritual or philosophical theme. It was the intention of Arcc to emphasise ethics for practitioners that work with potentially vulnerable people. In 2011 Arcc became "Plessey Castle Academic" and offers acknowledgement for learning with their very own PCAc in house awards.
Alex started Alexhparker.co.uk in 2007 offering personal development in the form of counselling, workshops, life coaching and hypnotherapy. He combines theories of humanistic and cognitive behavoural, psychodynamic and biological perspectives. He is also known for advocating Hypothetical Mindfulness as a means of psychological self support.
He also presents The Knight Towels/Laughing Owl phone in show at Plessey Castle Radio. Alex also runs a successful entertainments business as a DJ and party Photographer for weddings and other events. He chose the name DJ Placky Bag as a quirky means of being remembered.
HND in Counselling. Level 5
HNC in Counselling Level 5
Certificate in Counselling Level 3
Basic Certificate in Counselling Level 2
Advanced Award Psychology NCFE Level 4
Diploma in CBT Cognitive Behavoural Therapy Level 4
Award in Hypnotherapy NCFE Level 4
Advanced Diploma in Psychology Stonebridge College
Professional Diploma in Hypnotherapy Stonebridge College .
HEFC Certificate in Psychology Northumbria University.
Diploma in Photography Level 4 NCFE
Diploma in Hypnotherapy SNHS
Advanced Diploma in Hypnotherapy Psychotherapy SNHS
Diploma in Cognitive Behavoural Therapy SNHS
Diploma in Nero Linguistic Programming SNHS
NVQ 3 in Delivering Advice Guidance NCFE
Certificate in Life Coaching Level 2 & 3
Certificate in Delivering Learning C&G Level 3
LDQ Learning Disabilities C&G Level 3
Certificate in Equality and Diversity NCFE Level 2
Certificate in Stress Managment NCFE Level 2
Sign Language Certificate Level 1. BSL
Diploma in Philosophy SNHS
NCFE Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and
Rights in Social Care or Children and Young Peoples Settings.
NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care.
NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) For England.
Team Leading Knowledge Level 2 NCFE
HABC Level 2 Certificate in Lean Management Techniques (QCF)
LAO Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Business and Administration (QCF)
Non Abusive Psychological & Physical Intervention (NAPPI) Trainer Certification (Nappi UK) 2015
Challenging Behaviour Trainer (Nappi UK) 2015
Informal Acknowledgement for Learning
Plessey Castle Courses Available
All courses below require the submission of a 3ooo word dissertation. You will receive a laminated PCAc certificate representing your autodidact learning. You will need to do your own research or already be familiar with your subject. Please Visit www.plesseycastle.com for more details.
New Radio Show Available
NEWS: Distance learning will be available on this site soon with PCAc Awards for autodidact learning.
Video News: Lampton Estate Run 10k on the 26th June 2016.
A Rant on Atheism in Counselling and Psycotherapy and Assertiveness and Mind Control are now available in paperback.
Alex is an author of Paperback books as well as Kindle, and regularly publishes books based on counselling and psychotherapy and social care on the Amazon website. To see the Library Click here.
A Rant on Atheism in Counselling (New)
Hierarchy of Needs Counselling Care & Support.
Casual Essays in Counselling and Psychotherapy: With Personal Development Statements.
Hypnotherapy with Hypothetical Mindfulness in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Buddhist Psychology in Counselling & Psychotherapy.
Cold Reading in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Becoming the Projected Archetype.
A Rant on Assertiveness and Mind Control.
Hypothetical Mindfulness in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Psychology for Psychotherapy Counselling Types.
Diary of a Neurotic Counselor.
Bible Compatibility in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
The Alex H Parker Reader: Writings in Counselling & Psychotherapy.
The Essential Alex H Parker: Writings & Ramblings in Counselling and Psychotherapy
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