Before his retirement, GERRY MCNEILLY worked within the fields of art therapy, psycotherapy and group analysis. His work settings were within the National Health Service and Social Services in England and Ireland. Following his initial art therapy training in 1976, he was the principal art therapist at the Ingrebourne Center, a Therapeutic Community for people with personality disorders and other complex conditions and it has been these groups of people that he has worked with throughout his career. He became a ‘Full Member’ of the Institute of Group Analysis in 1987. From 1986 to 1995 he set up and directed a psychotherapy and counselling service in Bromsgrove, England. From 1995 to 2011, he was the principal adult psychotherapist and group analyst in Warwickshire, directing the Stratford-upon-Avon District. Throughout all of these years, he has held various teaching and consultancy posts at Universities and teaching institutes for art therapy, psychotherapy and group analysis. Also within these body of professions he has taught and lectured internationally. He continues to be a member of the teaching body of the Portuguese Society of Art Therapy having been involved since its inception. He has also worked privately. Although now retired he still undertakes some lecturing an Academic involvement. He is currently working on a new book called: “Therapeutic Love and Heartfullness-meanderings through art therapy, group analysis and individual psychotherapy”. He is the originator of Group Analytic Art Therapy. His previous publications are:
- “The Changing Shape of Art Therapy: New Developments in Theory and Practice”, 2000 Ed: Andy Gilroy and Gerry McNeilly, Jessica Kingsley publications, translated in hebrew and korean.
- “Group Analytic Art Groups” chapter in: “Pictures at an Exhibition: Essays on Art and Art therapy” 1989, Ed: Andy Gilroy and Tessa Dalley, Routledge publications, translated in korean.
- “Group Analytic Art Therapy” 2006, Gerry McNeilly, Jessica Kingsley publications.
There has also been articles/ papers published in a number of international journals of Art Therapy, Group Analysis and Psychotherapy