Gerard is originally from the North of Ireland, and grew up in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim. He studied Philosophy and Spirituality at All Hallows College, Dublin. He is interested in Spirituality and the journey to discern and discover who we are meant to be in this life. He believes that counselling is one mechanism for helping an individual to find the inner freedom to be themselves.

Gerard completed a Doctorate in Political Science at the University of Ulster in 1997 and his Post-graduate Diploma in Counselling at the University of Edinburgh in 2004. His training in the Supervision of Individuals and as a Supervisor of Groups of Counsellors and Psychotherapists was completed with the Counselling Unit, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow in May 2010.

In recent years Gerard has worked in a number of research and strategy roles within the Scottish public sector in the development of health and wellbeing policy with community planning partners to reduce health inequalities and improve health of the local population. Gerard is currently working with the NHS as well as other bodies. Gerard has also completed training in Spiritual Accompaniment in July  2013 and is excited to explore this practice.