- Male Identity Issues
I have been actively researching Male Identity Issues since I began my MA in Integrative Counselling in 2006. My dissertation was entitled: Exploring Male Identity in a Therapeutic Setting.
Since then, I have included in my research Male and Female difference, which is an important aspect of heterosexual Couples Counselling.
I have contributed for many years to the Male Psychology Network conferences in London at UCL. This group is now to be found online at https://www.centreformalepsychology.com.
I still offer the occasional blog online for them, on various male related matters. The most recent one can be found here:
In 2019 I contributed a chapter to the Palgrave Handbook of Male Psychology and Mental Health (Barry et al) called “The Gaze: The Male Need to Look vs the Female Need to be Seen, an Evolutionary Perspective” (chapter 13).
In 2022 I began a D Prof in Practical Theology at ARU, focussing on Patriarchy and Men’s Issues.
I have been researching gender identity issues including LGTBQ+ matters, for the last 17 years, and my counselling work with people who identify as LGBT has increased over the past 10 years. I also work with same sex couples. However, please note that I do not advertise this as a specialism.
I was an active member of a Social Support Group for LGTBQ+ in 2012-2013, and I have also been involved in supervising other counsellors supporting a number of LGTBQ+ individuals, as part of a comprehensive mixed work load.
The BACP have published some of my letters concerning Male Identity, TQ+ matters and various other topics. I have also contributed to the “Counselling Dilemmas” page.
I have contributed articles and letters over the years on a number of matters, including an audio recording about Male Identity concerns: (“It’s a Man’s (Woman’s?) World”.
I also provide media content for the BACP at short notice on various topics within my areas of expertise , (e.g. bereavement) sometimes for the press, and sometimes for their online blog areas.