- Addictions Counsellor
My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:
My professional experience:
I worked as an Addictions and Family Therapist at The Priory Hospital and as a Therapist, Conjoint Counsellor and Family Group Facilitator at The Promis Counselling Centre. For thirty years prior to that I enjoyed a busy full time job in the arts. I have been in private practice since 2006.
My personal statement:
As an Integrative therapist I draw on different disciplines (person-centred/12 Step/aspects of the psychodynamic approach/existential) which I use according to need and the different stages of a client’s development. I will look closely with you at your choices – those you have made (those you didn’t know you made!) and those you will make. You will never be judged or criticised and hopefully will realise you do not need to be ‘changed’ in any way. Changes will be in your attitudes and your perceptions and these will come from you.
The decision to enter (or re-enter) therapy is seldom taken lightly. It involves effort and surrender in equal measure. Some people take long-term therapy as an investment in themselves even in the less desolate times, to take stock of life, have a place to think things through, explore motivations, resistances and fantasies; and some have a need for short-term ‘problem solving’ counselling focused on specific issues. I will always adapt to your needs.
I have special experience in relationship issues, depression, addictive tendencies (from drugs and alcohol to behaviours and compulsions), those suffering from others’ addictions, co-dependence, people in 12 step fellowships; and of course anyone who feels lonely, excluded, alienated, stuck, put-upon, inadequate, unrecognized, rejected, misunderstood, or just a bit sad – in other words, all of us, at times.
I also specialize in actors and performers and later life issues (having all but completed a PhD at Birkbeck, studying the psychological impact of retirement, particularly on men).
Additional information about my research, publications and interests:
Gee, P.M. (2011). ‘Approach and Sensibility’: a personal reflection on analysis and writing using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin,B.P.S. 11, 8-22.
University of Nottingham August 23rd-25th 2010: Qualitative Methods in Research Section, B.P.S. – A Change of Tongue.
‘Glimpsing the Void’: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of One Man’s Experience of Retirement.
‘From birth to retirement and beyond: towards an existential model of human development through the life span’ at The World Congress for Existential Therapy in May 2015