I have been working in private practice for almost 10 years in central London, and in Psychiatry for 17 years. I entered the field because I am fascinated by people, the nature of mind and the close relationship between crisis and positive growth and recovery.
I aim to combine these elements in all my clinical work:
- A person-centered approach building a strong therapeutic relationship
- A scientific approach, taking account of the best available evidence and expert consensus guidelines (e.g. NICE)
- Sufficient knowledge of the whole person to situate the clinical problem in context, and draw on the person's strengths
- Enhancing the person’s ability to self-manage their condition, with or without medication
- Specialist medication management when appropriate
I am not a purely "medical model" psychiatrist, and I am even a bit "anti-psychiatry". The biological, psychological, spiritual and social dimensions are all of importance and interact. Collaboratively I try to work towards a common understanding that works for the individual.
I particularly enjoy working 1:1 with people struggling with addictions, mild or severe, and with those interested in psychological growth following a mental health crisis.
- Mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorders)
- Anxiety and stress disorders
- Alcohol dependence and problem-drinking
- Drug dependence and problem drug use
- ADHD detailed assessment & treatment initiation
- 1:1 Addiction treatment - 12-Step and non-12-step
- Non-medication strategies to beat depression and stress
- Light therapy for seasonal and non-seasonal depression
- Spiritual approaches to mental flourishing and recovery
Primary Medical Qualifications
- First class bachelors degree Psychology (London)
- Medical degree with distinction (London)
- Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
- MA in Philosophy of Mind with distinction (Warwick)
General Medical Council recognition as specialist in Adult General Psychiatry and Addictions
Postgraduate psychiatry and academic training at Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry
Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (and member of Spirituality special interest group)
Member of the British Association of Psychopharmacology
Andrew Parker is an outstanding psychiatrist and I believe that his rapid intervention is one of the main reasons I returned to health so quickly. His consultations are thorough, and he has a friendly holistic approach which takes into account a patients emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. He is accessible at all times, and booking an appointment is hassle free. Rather than a pure focus on one aspect of recovery, Dr Parker discussed long term solutions for building mental resilience and well-being, resulting in a transformational effect on my mental health which I believe will last well into the future. I could not recommend him more highly.