Julian Davies, Principal of Abbey College Cambridge.

Julian Davies, Principal of Abbey College Cambridge.

Liz Parker has worked with us in Abbey College Cambridge for an academic year and has proved a tremendous asset to the school and its community during this time. She has an approach to the counselling of young people with psychological needs that enables them to talk through sensitive and highly personal issues, often for the first time.

Before working with Liz, we found many students would therefore not seek help with their problems. With Liz’s approach we are seeing a far higher uptake of support with students reporting that they are being helped by their sessions with her. An example of the approach taken by Liz is the rebadging of counselling, as academic mentoring. This has the effect of circumventing the stigma of language and enables students to tie the support they receive to the ultimate purpose of their time in our college – academic work.

This has proven of particular benefit to us as many of our students come from countries and cultures that have a less sophisticated understanding of the problems young people can have. This can result in students being very reluctant to talk about problems for fear of negative judgments being made and for fear of negative consequences from family and peers. As such ‘counselling’ can be viewed negatively and shunned. Liz’s approach successfully overcomes these barriers and enables such students to start to understand their problems and make progress in overcoming them.

We hope to continue to benefit from Liz’s work into the foreseeable future.

Julian Davies

Principal, Abbey College Cambridge

13th November 2015

Julian Davies, Principal Abbey College Cambridge,
Abbey College Cambridge

Parent Feedback from a Mother who is also a Parent coach:

It became clear to us that it was important to find the right way to help our Yr 11 daughter gain confidence and study skills more than targeting a particular subject.  With Liz’s approach, our daughter has learnt tips to manage all her revision and exam techniques which has helped her stay calm and increase her confidence. We noticed as the sessions progressed, our daughter would look forward to them, and was full of beans afterwards.

As both a parent, and someone who coaches parents myself in parenting skills, I am acutely aware of the stress and lack of confidence many children, teens and young adults face. This stress directly affects their self esteem which is already shaky in adolescence and their ability to reach their true potential.

I would recommend Liz’s sessions to any parent who is looking for ways to help their child feel more confident. As parents, we felt it was the best investment of our money and our daughter’s limited time to go with Liz’s approach.

As a parenting educator, I am very happy to continue recommending Liz ‘s service to other parents.

Judy July 2015

Parent Feedback

“Liz helped me in so many ways, and I was so sad to say goodbye to her. The best thing is, though, that she has given me the tools to survive without help. I went straight into a job after my degree and am now completing a Masters alongside working full time.”

Anonymous BSC Student,
Cambridge University 2013

I used to think that trying to get help (for the big issues or for the small issues) was a sign of weakness, and was not for me. I am so glad that I asked Liz for help, as now I also feel able to get help from my friends and family.”

Ally PhD student,
Cambridge University 2013

“ It fills an obvious gap that is not purely about revision technique and is not counselling for emotional problems, but falls into the middle area of academic stress and worry that many students have to deal with.”

Parents of a GCSE student July 2014

“As a conscientious person I wanted to do more work as quickly as possible whilst making no errors at all. This resulted in a large amount of unnecessary strain, which actually hindered my effectiveness and lowered my levels of achievement.”

Jenny, August 2013

I am delighted to write in support of Liz Parker. I have known Liz professionally for the last six years where we both worked with young people experiencing a first episode of psychotic illness in Cambridgeshire.

What I learnt most from Liz over this time was that having a practical, solution focused approach to problems and focusing on the positive ability and strengths of individuals rather than difficulties was both highly valued by the people she worked with, and very successful. She had a particular gift for engaging young people and students and providing tailored, individualised packages to help them reach whatever goals they had, whether academic or otherwise.

Liz is passionate about her work, and has always gone the extra mile to help young people. She is approachable, discrete and completely professional.

I would have complete confidence in recommending her to any young person who requires some additional help in achieving their goals.

Dr Belinda Lennox,
BMedSci BM BS MRCPsych Clinical Senior Lecturer Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist

Liz Parker currently works within CATS College in Cambridge and provides an independent Service to support some of our students.

As the school College Nurse, I have referred a few students to Liz over the past few months. She has supported students who struggle with depression, anxiety, general well- being and other mental health issues.

Liz is very professional, communicates extremely well with our students and offers practical and simple solutions to help them excel in what they do.

I have receive a lot of Positive feed- back from students as they find Liz Parker very Professional yet flexible, Non- judgmental, good listener and her solutions has been extremely helpful.

I find Liz Parker very skilled, experienced, hardworking and reliable.

Thereisaneedfor her services within our college and other Schools/ Colleges

Gloria Quartey,
CATS College Cambridge, Nurse

I worked with Liz Parker in for 6 years, between 2007 and 2013, in the award winning Cambridge community mental health team CAMEO. Liz is extremely professional, discrete, hard-working, reliable and trustworthy. She is highly knowledgeable about mental health, well-being, and about how to optimise academic and occupational performance, whether this involves overcoming a disability or enhancing existing strengths. She has many years experience working with students with a wide range of difficulties including Asperger’s syndrome, depression and anxiety. Liz has excellent communication and people skills and offers practical solutions that enable students to attain their goals. I recommend her very highly.

Dr Graham Murray,
Graham K Murray PhD MD MRCPsych University of Cambridge