About Dr Andrew Peden

I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with more than 35 years’ experience in the field of mental health. I began my career in 1980 by training for three years as a Psychiatric Nurse (RMN) within the special hospital system (high security hospitals), but also trained, and worked after qualification, in the old Victorian mental hospitals around Merseyside, as well as modern psychiatric units within general hospitals, and finally for several years in a psychiatric day hospital in the heart of Liverpool where I developed an interest in group and individual treatment approaches for anxiety and depression that led eventually to retraining as a Clinical Psychologist. 
 
Clinical Psychology training involved firstly three years of full-time academic study at the University of Liverpool from where I graduated in 1990 with an Honours Degree in Psychology (BA Hons), followed by a two-year full-time Master of Science Degree (MSc) in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester.  
 
After graduating from Manchester University in 1992, I worked under supervision for one year, at the end of which, in recognition of six years of full-time training, and having demonstrated an ability to work independently, I was awarded Chartered Psychologist status (C.Psychol) and elected as an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS).   
For the next few years I specialised in child and adolescent clinical psychology. I worked as part of a child psychiatry team (these services are now known as CAMHS), single-handedly in paediatric outpatients, and eventually headed a child and adolescent clinical psychology service within a Greater Manchester district health authority.  

During these years in the NHS I undertook a further three years of professional training in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy at the University of Manchester (DFT), whilst simultaneously pursuing an applied research degree (PhD) in Clinical Health Psychology, focussing on the psychosocial causes of recurrent headaches in children and their response to psychological treatment.  

I eventually left the NHS in order to focus upon an expanding private practice, first single-handedly but then for several years as the Clinical Director of a team of independent psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, and social workers. During this period I provided expert psychological opinion to the courts in matters of family law, personal injury, and medical negligence; I acted as a consultant to a number of independent children’s homes; I provided assessments of psychological fitness to work in the private sector; and I was appointed as an Independent Consultant Clinical Psychologist to Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Welfare and Occupational Health Department, who referred their civilian and policing staff for psychological assessment and psychotherapy, with a special interest in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  
 
Throughout this period I continued to develop professionally as a psychologist, and undertook another three years of professional training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy through Group Analysis North and the Northwest Institute of Dynamic Psychotherapy.  
In 2008 I left full-time private practice to take up the post of Coordinator of Clinical Services at St Luke’s Centre in Manchester, where I led a team of psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, priests and religious, involved in the psychological assessments of candidates for the priesthood and  religious life, assessments (including risk assessments) of ordained and professed men and women, and the provision of out-patient psychotherapy for anyone in the service of the Church in psychological need.   

The innovative, pioneering work of St Luke’s in making a sustained contribution to the development of psychological services for this client group was formally recognised at a national level in 2010  when under my clinical leadership the Centre was awarded the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy’s (BACP) prestigious award for Excellence in Counselling Practice.  With a special interest in risk assessment and child protection, I contributed chapters to two edited books in this field, and in 2010 was commissioned by the BACP to write their guidelines for members on recognising and acting upon disclosures of child sexual abuse.  In 2012, my experience in this area was further recognised when I was invited to be the Safeguarding Consultant to the Royal English College in Valladolid, Spain (founded in 1589 for the training of Catholic priests for the English and Welsh Mission). In the summer of 2016, after 8 years at St Luke's, I returned to private practice in order to focus on an expanding trauma therapy service, although have retained my links to the Centre as a consultant and supervisor. I am also an Associate Lecturer in Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University, where I teach clinical psychology to final year undergraduates and postgraduate students. 
 
I have been registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist since the HCPC first took over the responsibility for the regulation of psychologists. Throughout my time at St Luke’s Centre I have maintained a small private practice. As part of my ongoing professional development during this period, I have been fortunate enough to spend time in San Francisco, USA, training in the administration and interpretation of the Rorschach test, and have been involved in a research subgroup of the British Rorschach Society tasked with establishing British norms for this projective test of personality. I have also completed Parts 1, 2, and 3 training in Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) psychotherapy accredited by EMDR Europe.  
 
In April 2015 my work nationally and internationally through St Luke’s Centre was recognised as having made an outstanding contribution to the practice of psychology by the British Psychological Society by whom I was awarded their highest honour – the status of Fellow (FBPsS).