Inspiration in Treatment: The Rewards of Working as a Therapist in 2013

How was 2013 for you? What does 2014 have in store? Do you have any New Years Resolutions? When out socially, I’m regularly told that my work must be demanding, difficult and depressing. It must take its toll on you, people say. I don’t want to pretend that being a therapist isn’t challenging and personally… Continue reading Inspiration in Treatment: The Rewards of Working as a Therapist in 2013

Is this Sex Addiction? Questioning ‘Sex Addiction’ in Therapy and Counselling Conversations

This paper examines the concept of ‘sex addiction’, and its increasing popularity since the emergence of AIDS in gay communities in the 1980s. Adopting narrative therapy’s ethical orientations of decentred yet influential positioning, and being in a ‘lifelong apprenticeship’, the author worked with a number of men to renegotiate their relationship with ‘sex addiction’ in… Continue reading Is this Sex Addiction? Questioning ‘Sex Addiction’ in Therapy and Counselling Conversations

Therapy and Treatment for Gay Mens Depression

Is Depression more common amongst gay men? I often see this question or similar in counselling forums on Facebook and elsewhere on the net. And as a mental health counsellor who has worked with gay men for much of my career, it’s tempting to jump in with an answer. But what concerns me is what… Continue reading Therapy and Treatment for Gay Mens Depression