Dr Andrew Parker, Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Andrew Parker

Nightingale Hospital Lead Consultant for Addiction Services, Consultant Psychiatrist

My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:

  • BSc Psychology (First Class)
  • MA Philosophy of Mind (Distinction)
  • MB BS Medicine (Distinction)
  • MRCPsych
  • Member of the British Association of Psychopharmacology

My professional experience:

My postgraduate training was at The Maudsley and Institute of Psychiatry. Having qualified in medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ London, I also acquired degrees in psychology and philosophy of mind.

As a Consultant in the NHS (St George’s) until 2010, I led an award-winning Assertive Outreach Team for psychosis and drug misuse. I have been working in independent (private) practice since 2007 with clinics at Nightingale Hospital and in the City.

My personal statement:

I aim to help individuals turn a crisis into transformative breakthrough. Mental health problems often arise at the threshold of transitional points in our development. Depression, addiction, psychosis, trauma – even of the severest kind – can each become catalysts for human growth and authenticity.

I treat the full range of adult psychiatric conditions and addictions, including severe stress, difficult to treat depression, bipolar disorders, alcohol and drug problems, anxiety disorders and OCD. I also conduct specialist assessments for adult ADHD and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

I have worked closely with the Practitioner Health Programme (PHP), providing mental health support to Doctors and Dentists; and I currently work closely with a number of Occupational health departments.

I have an academic/philosophical interest in the nature of mind (physical or non-physical) and the ultimate meaning of human existence. In my spare time I play a little rugby and cycle.

Additional information about research, publications and interests:

I have published self-help material for the general public as well as academic papers in leading medical journals.

Beginning Recovery – A booklet for families and sufferers of addiction, thinking about treatment. (Parker AJR & Mitcheson L (2007) AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

An Introduction to Group Twelve-step Facilitation: Breaking Barriers and Myth Busting. In, Principles and Practice of Group Work in Addictions, Ed. Hill R & Harris J. Routledge. Parker AJR (2011)

Diagnosis and management of alcohol use disorders. BMJ Vol 336: 496-501. Parker AJR, Marshall EJ & Ball, DM. (2008)

The Neuroendocrinology of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. Psychological Medicine. Vol 31(8), 1331-1345. Parker AJR, Cleare A & Wessely S (2001).

Sexual Disorders. In The Mind: A User’s Guide, Ed. Raj Persaud. Transworld. Parker AJR. (2007)

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