My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:
- BSc Psychology (First Class)
- MA Philosophy of Mind (Distinction)
- MB BS Medicine (Distinction)
- 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)