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Gary Winship

Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences



Gary Winship is Associate Professor in the School of Education, University of Nottingham. Senior fellow, Institute of Mental Health. Course Leader MA Counselling Children & Young People.

Chair of Training Standards for Universities Psychotherapy & Counseling Association (UPCA) and the UKCP Universities Training College (UTC). UKCP psychotherapist (UPCA), NMC MHN registered, formerly Lecturer; Universities of Sheffield, Reading, visiting lecturer: Greenwich, UCL, Goldsmiths, Oxford Brookes. Senior Adult Psychotherapist; Berkshire NHS Trust, Broadmoor & Maudsley Hospitals. Appointed as a clinical governance reviewer for CHIA in 2000. Full member: Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the NHS (APP). CV & professional activities, go to:

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 & DEL-NEVO, M, 2015. Three letters to a Young Boy and The Devil & His Grandmother – by Louise Andreas-Salome. Transaction, New York. (In Press.)
  • WINSHIP, G & MACDONALD, S, 2015. The New Essential Ingredients of Counselling & Psychotherapy with Children Karnac, London.. (In Press.)
  • 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

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