Gay McKinley

 

Gay published her book 'On Becoming Good Enough - stories from both sides of the couch' after retiring from her private counselling and psychotherapy practice. She saw in her clients, the wider community, and indeed herself, a pervading sense of 'not being good enough'. She is now passionate about teaching others how to find their own 'good enough' selves. She has worked on many Quest programs both in the role of counsellor and facilitator.

Prior to her career in counselling and psychotherapy, she worked in the corporate healthcare industry for more than 25 years where she learned a lot about drugs for depression, anxiety and schizophrenia to name a few. She consequently also developed a real concern for the respectful treatment of mental illnesses and ways to foster psychological and spiritual wellbeing.

Gay used the principles taught at Quest extensively in her practice and she still does in her writing and her daily life.

She has been an accredited telephone and personal counsellor, as well as a training facilitator, with Lifeline. She was also a registered trainer in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and has a Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training.

Her interests include music - listening to and playing the piano; calligraphy, volunteer counselling, yoga and meditation; travel, growing (and smelling) roses. She lives with her partner in Glebe and together they have four children.