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Gary Winship

Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences



Dr Gary Winship (PhD, MA, RMN, Dip Gp Psych, Cert Add): [LAST UPDATED JUNE 2016] Associate Professor in the School of Education, University of Nottingham. Course Leader MA Trauma Studies. Editor: International Journal of Therapeutic Communities. Senior Fellow and arts co-ordinator of the Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham University. UKCP registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist, NMC registered Mental Health Nurse, Chair of training standards for the University Psychotherapy & Counselling Association (UPCA). NMC registered Mental Health Nurse. Chair: appointments panel for the Annual Skellern Lecture & Wiley-Blackwell Lifetime Achievement Award in Mental Health (see

Clinical roles in the NHS have spanned more than 30 years. Consultant psychotherapist: HMP Dovegate, Broadmoor, Senior Adult Psychotherapist: Berkshire NHS, Bethlem & Maudsley Hospitals. Out-patient and community services in London, Berkshire, Brighton, South Yorkshire and the East Midlands. Organisational consultant, consultant psychotherapist, MHN, HIV counsellor. Appointed as a clinical governance reviewer for the Commission for Health Audit & Improvement (CHAI) in 2000. He has held teaching positions in 7 different universities: Goldsmiths, University of East London, University of Greenwich, University College London, University of Reading, Sheffield University & University of Nottingham. He has been an external examiner to mental health courses; Cassel Hospital (UEL), Southern Counties Psychotherapy (Newman, Birmingham), MA working with Personality Disorders (Newman), BA in Counselling (University of Worcester). He has published 100+ papers and book chapters, books, and has delivered more than a twenty key note addresses at conferences here in the UK and abroad. He sits on several journal editorial boards.

Co-convened(with Marie Armstrong) a Managed Innovation Network which building research and resource capacity in the area of School age suicide and self-harm.

Honorary president of Real United FC which has a key mission develop programmes of mentorship for young people in Nottingham where football offers a life changing chance to engage in team membership and character building.

Part of a £1.5 million AHRC research project looking at new creative pathways to mutual recovery, developing innovative programmes (from clay therapy to performance arts) supporting people in recovery (see,

China (2010, 2011, 2013) where he has been part of a process of building research partnerships with colleagues in Ningbo and Shanghai. In 2012 he delivered a keynote at the 22nd China National Congress of Child & Adolescent Mental Health looking at the psychology of only children, and in 2013 he was part of delegation which reviewed the landmark first Mental Health Act in China.

GW has extensive clinical and research experience in therapeutic environments, especially working with psychotic states, understanding the optimal conditions for an effective therapeutic milieu, including the resources of staff and team work. He has worked on numerous acute in-patient services at the Bethlem & Maudsley (1980-1994), including Ward Six with Murray Jackson and colleagues, and he has worked in 5 prisons and in collaboration with Eric Cullen established a Therapeutic Community in Aylesbury Young Offenders Institute in 1997. 2000-2001 was locum consultant psychotherapist at Broadmoor High Secure Hospital. From 1994-2004 he was senior psychotherapist, Berkshire NHS, working in a day hospital therapeutic community, carrying an out-patient case load of individual and group clients. He has published numerous papers about the skills and application of talking therapy. In 2010 he edited the collected papers of his supervisor; the late Jonathan Pedder: Attachment & New Beginnings in Psychoanalytic Therapy (Karnacs,2010). His experiences working in the field of addictions since 1980 are gathered in his book; The Spike & the Moon - Why People Take Drugs (Karnacs, 2011). Also recent published is a translation project: The Erotic by Lou Andreas-Salome [editor and introductory essay] (Rutgers, Transactions Press, 2012).

His website: has received over 5 million visits since 2005.

He has led an ESRC project looking at arson and young fire starters and was described by The Times in 2010 as one of the two leading experts in arson in the UK. Treasurer for the Association of Therapeutic Communities (ATC) 2001-2007, full member of Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the NHS (APP), member ISPS UK, clinical member of Universities Psychotherapy & Counselling Association (UPCA).

Selected Publications

  • WINSHIP, G., 2011. Addictive personalities and why people take drugs: the spike and the moon Karnac Books.

Gary is a member of the Centre for Research in Human Flourishing. His research supervision areas include:

  • self-harm
  • suicide
  • substance misuse (drugs and alcohol)gangs
  • bullying
  • knife crime
  • violent conduct and its management
  • transgenerational features of mental disorder and mental trauma
  • football (sport as social inclusion)
  • arson
  • fire-starting
  • green therapy
  • social inclusion
  • personality disorder
  • depression
  • therapeutic democracy
  • therapeutic anarchy (especially chaos theory in human relations)
  • human relations

Research topics of current and recent students include:

  • Thin slicing: analysing interaction in initial therapeutic encounters
  • Bullies and bystanders: dynamics of peer disengagement
  • Perceptions of school counsellors in Singapore
  • Childhood depression and stakeholder perceptions of diagnosis and use of anti-depressants
  • Attachment, Object relations and Addiction
  • Schooling in a post-industrial society

Research proposals: please email Gary if you would like to discuss the appropriateness of your research topic. See also: School of Education research supervision areas.

  • WINSHIP, G & MACDONALD, S, 2016. The New Essential Ingredients of Primary School Psychotherapy Karnac, London.. (In Press.)
  • 2016. Recovery is no laughing matter - or is it? Mental Health & Social Inclusion. 20(3), 167-173
  • WINSHIP, G & DEL-NEVO, M, 2015. Sex and Religion: Three letters to a Young Boy and The Devil & His Grandmother – by Louise Andreas-Salome. Transaction, New York.
  • WINSHIP, G, 2014. Skellern Lecture and JPMHN Lifetime achievement – A brief introduction Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing.
  • WINSHIP, G, 2014. Lucy, Major Tom, Bion and the psychotic vacuum Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. 28(3), 282-294
  • WINSHIP, G, 2014. A Brief History of Addictions Treatment in the UK Austin Journal of Drug Abuse and Addiction. 1(1), 1-7
  • WINSHIP, G., 2013. A genealogy of therapeutic community ideas: the influence of the Frankfurt School with a particular focus on Herbert Marcuse & Eric Fromm Therapeutic Communities: The International Journal of Therapeutic Communities. 34(2/3), n/a
  • WINSHIP, G, 2012. Die Erotik by Lou Andreas-Salome: with Introduction and biography by Winship, G Rutgers, Transaction Press.
  • WINSHIP, G, ed., 2011. From New Beginnings to Graduation in Psychoanalytic Therapy: The collected papers of J R Pedder: with chapter commentaries by Gary Winship Karnacs.
  • WINSHIP, G., 2011. Chess and schizophrenia: Murphy v Mr Endon, Beckett v Bion Journal of Medical Humanities. 32(4), 339-351
  • WINSHIP, G., 2011. Addictive personalities and why people take drugs: the spike and the moon Karnac Books.
  • BOWERS, L, BRENNAN, G and WINSHIP,G & THEODORIDOU, C, 2010. Talking with Acutely Psychotic People.: Communication Skills for Nurses and Others Spending Time with People who very Mentally Ill. City University.
  • WINSHIP, G, 2010. Book Review: Case Study Methods by Simons, H Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing. (In Press.)
  • WINSHIP, G., 2009. The testes: theoretical lacunae and clinical imperatives British Journal of Psychotherapy. 25(1), 24-38
  • THEODORIDOU, C, BOWERS, L, BRENNAN, G and GILBERT, D & WINSHIP, G, 2009. The measurement of psychotic acuity by nursing staff Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing. 16(3), 234-241
  • WINSHIP, G., 2009. The Staff Group that wasn't to be. In: KENNARD, D., ed., Staff Support Groups Hodder Arnold.
  • WINSHIP, G, 2009. Grupperterapeutiske tilgange i sygeplejen (Group Therapy). In: BUUS, N, ed., Psykiatrisk sygepleje Dansk Sygeplejerard, Nyt Nordisk Forlag Arnold Busck A/S. 333-347
  • WINSHIP, G., 2008. Taking anarchy seriously: the fourth strain of organisational, psychic & therapeutic progress Therapeutic Communities. 29(4), 381-392
  • WINSHIP, G., 2008. Therapeutic Communities. In: BARKER, P., ed., The Art and Craft of Caring Hodder Arnold.
  • WINSHIP, G. and REPPER, J., 2007. Focus group research: the role of cacophony in dialogical democracy Group Analysis. 40(1), p.125-139
  • WINSHIP, G & HARDY, S, 2007. Perspectives on the prevalence and treatment of personality disorder Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing. 14(2), 148–154
  • WINSHIP, G., 2007. The ethics of reflective research in single case study inquiry Perspective in Psychiatric Care. 43(4), 174-182
  • WINSHIP, G., 2006. Further thoughts on the process of restraint Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 13(1), 55-60
  • WINSHIP, G., 2006. Conference abstract: Psychotic fixation - connecting features of repetition-compulsion in psychosis, drug addiction and obsessive-compulsive disorder Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. 431(114), 40
  • WINSHIP, G. and HINSHELWOOD, R.D, 2006. Orestes & Democracy. In: COLES, P., ed., Sibling Relationships Karnac Books. 75-96
  • WINSHIP, G, 2004. Democracy in Practice in 14 UK psychotheraputic communities Therapeutic Communities. 25(4), 275-290 (In Press.)
  • WINSHIP, G, 2004. Response to commentary by Adriano Verdecchia on: the democratic origins of the term 'Group Analysis' Group Anaylsis. 37(4), 558-559
  • WINSHIP, G, 2003. A Habermas Kritik Free Association. 10(2), 223-235
  • WINSHIP, G, 2001. Notes on the research technique of group infant observation Group Analysis. 34, 245-258
  • WINSHIP, G, 2000. Jury deliberation: an observation research study. Group Analysis.. 33(4), 547-557.
  • WINSHIP, G & HAIGH, R, 2000. Public mental health and the new therapeutic community. Therapeutic Communities. 21(1), 47-53
  • WINSHIP, G, 2000. The Birth of the New Asylum - Reflections on the progress of neighbourhood psychiatry. In: BARKER, P & STEVENSON, C, ed., The Construction of Power and Authority in Psychiatry Butterworth & Heimann.
  • WINSHIP, G. and HARDY, S., 1999. Disentangling group dynamics: staff group sensitivity and supervision Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 6, 307-312
  • WINSHIP, G, 1999. Screen memories and the role of film in the therapeutic milieu. In: WALLER, D & MAHONY, J, ed., Art Therapy & the Treatment of Drug Addiction Routledge.
  • WINSHIP, G, 1999. Lou Andreas-Salome: at the high noon of culture, in the shadows of psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis & History. 1(2), 219-236
  • WINSHIP, G, 1999. The Prometheus Syndrome: Addiction, death & the liver in mind Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. 13(1), 41-49
  • WINSHIP, G, 1999. Group psychotherapy & the addictions. In: WALLER, D & MAHONY, J, ed., Art Therapy and the Treatment of Addiction Routledge.
  • WINSHIP, G, 1998. Intensive care psychiatric nursing Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing. 5, 361-365
  • WINSHIP, G, 1998. Justice as an inherent characteristic of group dynamics Free Associations. 7(1), 64-80
  • MACDONALD, S, BLYTH, F and NEWRITH, C & WINSHIP, G, 1998. Adolescent transitions and the use of hallucinogens British Journal of Psychotherapy. 15(2), 240-248
  • WINSHIP, G & HAIGH, R, 1998. The group matrix in clay Group Analysis. 31(1), 71-81
  • WINSHIP, G & KNOWLES, J, 1997. The transgenerational impact of cultural trauma - linking phenomena in the treatment of third generation survivors of the holocaust British Journal of Psychotherapy. 13(2), 259-266
  • WINSHIP, G, 1997. Developing the role of the nurse psychotherapist in the UK Perspectives in Psychiatric Care. 33(1), 25-31
  • WINSHIP, G, 1997. Collectivism & Individualism: patient empowerment. In: BARKER, P & DAVIDSON, B, ed., Psychiatric Nursing - Ethical Dilemmas Macmillan..
  • WINSHIP, G & HARDY, S, 1997. Approaches to therapeutic groups. In: THOMAS, B and HARDY, S & CUTTING, P, eds., Stuart & Sundeen's Mental Health Nursing Principles & Practices Mosby. 471-478
  • WINSHIP, G, 1997. Psychodynamics & Psychobiology in the UK & USA Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing. 3(5), 279-281
  • WINSHIP, G & UNWIN, C, 1997. Psychotherapeutic approaches in substance misuse. In: RASSOOL, H & GUFFAW, M, ed., Addictions Nursing Stanley Thornes. 80-88
  • WINSHIP, G, 1996. Counselling drug users Nursing Times. 91(2), 26-28
  • PINES, M & WINSHIP, G, 1996. Reflections on Bion, Foulkes, Bridger & Main: 40th anniversary of the Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic & the birth of the therapeutic community Therapeutic Communities. 17(2), 127-132
  • WINSHIP, G & PEACHY, A, 1996. Health education & safer sex British Journal of Nursing. 17, 999-1019
  • WINSHIP, G, 1996. Collectivism & Individualism: democracy in psychiatry Therapeutic Communities. 17(1), 31-45
  • WINSHIP, G, 1995. Book Review: The Taming of Solitude by Quinodoz, J M.: Separation anxiety in psychoanalysis Network. 6(1), 9-10
  • WINSHIP, G, 1995. Condoms on the ward: Sexual health education in psychiatric settings Therapeutic Communities. 16(3), 163-169
  • WINSHIP, G & PATRICK, J, 1995. Creative therapy & the question of disposal: What happens to artefacts after the session? British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 57(1), 20-22
  • WINSHIP, G, 1995. Nursing & psychoanalysis; uneasy alliances? Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. 9(3), 289-299
  • WINSHIP, G, 1995. Patient Empowerment Therapeutic Communities. 161, 113-116
  • WINSHIP, G, HARNIMANN, B and BURLING, S & COURTNEY, J, 1995. Countertransference & the treatment of drug dependent patients Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. 2, 195-197
  • WINSHIP, G, 1995. When Nietzsche Wept: By Yalom, I D Free Associations. 5(4), 584-588
  • WINSHIP, G, 1995. The unconscious impact of working with acutley disturbed patients: towards an understanding of unconscious bruising Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing. 2(2), 227-233
  • WINSHIP, G, 1993. Facing death in the therapeutic community: A community in mourning Therapeutic Communities. 14(3), 179-185
  • WINSHIP, G, 1993. Book review: The Handbook of Art Therapy - Case, T & Dalley, T Bethlem & Maudsley Gazette. 40(1), 44
  • WINSHIP, G, 1991. Group living is the key to addiction recovery Druglink. 4, 19
  • WINSHIP, G, 1990. The crisis within. Nursing Times. 87(7), 20-21
  • A Brief History of Addictions Treatment in the UK Austin Journal of Drug Abuse and Addiction. 1(1), 1-7
  • Primary School as Therapeutic Community International Journal of Therapeutic Community. 37(2), 27-41

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