Dr Cara PelserBSc. PGCert. DClinPsych. CPsychol

  • Areas Covered:
  • Chorley
  • Personal Injury Assessment (Psychological)
  • Medical Negligence

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Typical areas of involvement

  • Personal Injury (Adults and Children)
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Road Accident
  • Effects of Automatism in Traffic Situations
  • Work Accident
  • Housing Stress
  • Psychological Aspects of Medical Negligence
  • Chronic Pain
  • Reliability of Witness
  • Employment Cases
  • Neuropsychological/psychometric assessment
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Psychological therapy for acceptance and adjustment following injury/illness
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Working with families and carers following injury/illness
  • Working with functional neurological disorders
  • Active committee member at Headway Blackburn with Darwen, 2010-present

Employment History

2019 - Current

Independent Private Practice.
Clinical Psychologist, St Helens and Knowsley Community

  • 2016 – Current

    Clinical Psychologist, St Helens and Knowsley Community Specialist Rehabilitation Service, Cheshire and Merseyside Rehabilitation Network, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

     2014 – 2016

    Clinical Psychologist, Liverpool Community Specialist Rehabilitation Team, Seddon Suite Rehabilitation Ward, Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Cheshire and Merseyside

    Rehabilitation Network, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

    2011 – 2014

    Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Liverpool University, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust,

    2009 – 2011

    Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, IAPT services, Healthy Minds Team, East Lancashire NHS Trust

    2008 - 2009

    Rehabilitation Coach, Transitional Rehabilitation Unit Ltd, Haydock


Koch HCH, Medley A and Pelser C (2020)

Legal Mind Case & Commentary No.29 Risks of Unbalanced and Misleading Expert Evidence. PIBULJ. May 2020.

Koch HCH, Laraway A, Pelser C and Lamswood S (2018).

Assessing distress post-cyber breaches. Legal Mind Case and Commentary No. 20. Personal Injury Brief Update Law Journal, 2018.

  • Pelser, C. & Whitelock, A. (2017)

    Adjusting to life after illness or injury. Cheshire and Merseyside Rehabilitation Network Information Leaflet, available online; https://www.cmrehabnetwork.nhs.uk/Patient-information-leaflets-i10.html

    Brunsden, C.L, Kiemle, G. & Mullin, S. (2015)

    Male Partner Experiences of Females with an Acquired Brain Injury; An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation.

    Brunsden, C.L (2011).

    Can IAPT be expanded to meet the needs of people with an acquired brain injury? Clinical Psychology Forum.

Recent Training Courses

  • Honorary Lecturer; teaching on the Level 7 Masters course “Complex Rehabilitation in a Multi-disciplinary Context”, Liverpool John Moores University, ongoing.
  • Leading at the Speed of Trust, FranklinCovey, two day course, 2018.
  • Supervisor training, Lancaster University, 2017.
  • Sex and sexuality following acquired brain injury, Headway training, 2015.
  • Completed Expert Witness Training Seminars (The Role and Duty of the Expert Witness; Skills in Report Writing; Skills in preparing Joint Statements; Cross-examination and Courtroom Skills)

Professional Qualifications


Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology University of Glasgow


Doctorate in Clinical Psychology University of Liverpool

  • 2009-2010

    Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Care Mental Health Practice UCLAN


    Psychology BSc Durham University


  • British Psychological Society, Membership Number: 241985
  • Chartered Clinical Psychologist, British Psychological Society
  • Full member of the Division of Clinical Psychology, British Psychological Society
  • Health and Care Professions Council, Registration Number
  • Full member of the Division of Neuropsychology, British Psychological Society

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