Gender and Sexuality


Psychological therapies need to move beyond their gender biases and embrace a world of constructed, fluid and multiple gendered possibilities. 


Members of CREST are part of a research culture which is heavily informed by recent gender theories that advance psychological therapies past their gender biases, bringing them into a world of constructed, fluid, and multiple gendered possibilities. They carry out research which challenges the heteronormative assumptions underpinning psychotherapeutic theory and practice by deconstructing hegemonic gender positions in order to assert/promote the role of excluded other(s). They also dispute the dominance of sexual desire by emphasising the importance of the development of multiple intimacies. Viewing gender as a multiple, fluid, interpersonal construction - gender as a soft assembly - they advocate a new form of intersubjective gender pluralism.

Dr Anastasios Gaitanidis


Forthcoming Publications

  • Gaitanidis, A. and Kyritsis, A.: Visualising the invisible: Constructing homosexual/heterosexual identities through media representations of the act of ‘coming out of the closet’. Studies in Gender and Sexuality (In Preparation).


“Contemporary Gender Theories and their Relevance for Clinical Practice” – University of Roehampton, 19 June 2013. “Training and Clinical Placements Conference”.

“The Male in Analysis”. Bletchingley Counselling Services, 23 February 2013.

“Contemporary Gender Issues and their Relevance for Clinical Practice”. Croydon Pastoral Foundation, 2 February 2013

“The Male in Analysis”. Sutton Counselling, 14 July 2012.

“Masculinity Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy”. Croydon Pastoral Foundation, 4 February 2012.

Doctoral Supervision

Jones, Lee “How Do Counselling Psychologists Construct Male Sexual Dysfunction: A Foucauldian Discourse Analysis”. Supervisors: Dr Jean O’Callaghan and Dr Anastasios Gaitanidis.

Humphry-Baker, Hannah “How Do Fathers Make Sense of Late Miscarriage or Still Birth after Therapy”. Supervisors: Dr Beatrice Allegranti and Dr Anastasios Gaitanidis.