Four Mental Health Professionals Join the Team: Welcome From Us All!

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Have you noticed a few new faces around lately? It’s not your memory playing tricks on you, it’s the four outstanding mental health professionals joining our team.


Our recent call for new contributors drew an unprecedented level of interest in joining the team at (See “Would You Like to Join the Team? We’re Looking for More Faculty Members and Authors!”.) On behalf of our existing team and especially on behalf of our readers, I’d like to take this opportunity to extend a big warm welcome to everybody who has joined us over the last couple of weeks.

I’m personally tremendously excited about having such a great bunch of folks joining our team. I’ve already enjoyed the creativity, thought, and sensitivity behind the writing of these four mental health professionals, and in the coming weeks and months, I hope you will too.

(If you missed our announcements, and you’re wondering how you can work alongside these people too, it’s not too late — just see the note at the end of this post.)

Marci Payne

Marci Payne

Marci Payne works as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri. She specializes in anxiety, the stress response, and marriage and family issues. Marci has an MA in Clinical Psychology and actively participates in post-graduate studies in Bowen Family Systems Theory. For more information on her practice, visit

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Marci writes for Counselor Perspectives, a blog that hopes to inspire others to discover new choices in life, love, and work, and she joins us now as an occasional contributor to Psychology, Philosophy and Real Life.

Gordon Shippey

Gordon Shippey

Educated in psychology, mathematics, computer science and counseling, Gordon Shippey has completed degrees at Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Argosy University. A Licensed Associate Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia, Gordon provides psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families. Gordon is particularly interested in mindfulness and positive psychology.

Gordon Shippey joins us as a regular contributor to Psychology, Philosophy and Real Life.

Libby Webber

Libby Webber

Libby Webber is a counsellor in private practice in the south of England. With her husband, she also runs a newly-established counselling and therapy centre. Prior to training as a counsellor, Libby worked for many years as a radio and television producer for the BBC and later for the charity sector. She was drawn to working as a counsellor partly through the experience of interviewing people for her social history documentaries, and realising that the stories she was hearing had much deeper emotional resonance for those individuals than any radio programme could possibly do justice to.

Libby was born and brought up in a small village in the west of Scotland, and her childhood enjoyment of the freedom to roam for hours on end, untroubled by adult restrictions, forms a core part of her beliefs about embracing life as much as possible. In 1981, however, her life was very nearly cut short after a catastrophic road traffic accident which resulted in Libby’s becoming a full-time wheelchair-user. Not one to let catastrophe get in her way, Libby went to Stirling University less than two years after the accident and earned an honours degree in history and social anthropology, both of which continue to be relevant in her work as a counsellor. Outside of work, she loves spending time with family and friends, sailing whenever possible, and just generally being out in the fine fresh air.

Libby Webber joins us as a regular contributor to Psychology, Philosophy and Real Life.

Dr Virginia S Wood

Dr Virginia Wood

With a background in both Community Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Dr Wood devotes most of her clinical hours to working with older adolescents and adults who have experienced trauma in childhood. A graduate of Guilford College, Georgia State University, and the Georgia School of Professional Psychology, she has helped individuals deal with the impact of child abuse and neglect, disability, and alcoholism for over thirty years.

Dr Wood has been in private practice since the mid-eighties; her site at includes additional information on her background and her work as a clinical psychologist.

Dr Wood joins us as one of our lead psychologists for the Ask the Psychologist column.

It’s Not Too Late to Join the Team

Enquiries are still coming in, and I have no doubt we’ll still be adding another contributor or two — but if you missed our original announcement, and you’d like to work with a great bunch of folks, please do drop us a line soon so you (and we!) don’t miss out. We’re especially still seeking another clinical or counselling psychologist to join Dr Wood at Ask the Psychologist. (See “Second Call for Ask the Psychologist Contributors”.)

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