Dr. Gerald Philips is a renowned psychoanalyst and psychotherapist - and a medium and healer.He is a member of the New Spiritualists' Society. Here he tells us how he came into this way of life.

I was born in Gloucester so many years ago that I think the Romans were still mooring their ships in Gloucester Docks. From a very early age I could see spirit and had an innate ability to channel healing. If one of my grandmother's friends was ill, she would pick me up and say "Let Gerald sit on your lap" I had no idea why she was doing this but I would then be handed back with my Grandmother saying "You will be well soon" My Grandmother quite psychic herself told my parents that Gerald was different and would need a gentle upbringing. My Mother accepted this, indeed she was rather psychic in a prophetic way herself. My Father would have none of it. "Rubbish' he would exclaim.
I went through a period of being terrified of spirit especially as they would seem to invade my dreams. Not long after being settled for bed I would scream for my parents but when they came to my room I couldn't explain why I was so frightened. My younger and older Brothers never acted like this.
Anyway time went on until I took a very serious interest in Spiritualism. I attended Gloucester Spiritualist Church where eventually the President asked if I would like to sit in a group to develop. I did this and gradually fine tuned my skills. One day she said "Gerald you are a healer as well and you would benefit from developing this further" so I joined a healing circle. My Father found all of this exceptionally odd and it wasn't until I had studied medicine and he had grown older that he would ask me about the path I had followed spiritually. In his old age we developed a very strong and loving relationship.
I lived and worked in many places, mainly in the North of England. Eventually I decided to take up psychoanalytic psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults and I worked privately and in the NHS running therapeutic communities. I still felt dissatisfied and decided to train as a psychoanalyst, again this was for children, adolescents and adults. I felt that my career was now finalised. Working with the mind in psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis was exactly what I felt I was born to do. Ah that was my mistake-my role in life was to work with spirit. I found it easy to contact spirit and to channel spiritual healing. My reputation was that of being somewhat eccentric. I did not let this bother me in the least. Working with spirit became a vital part of my life, it was what I was intended to do.
I have never been a very famous crowd pulling medium and healer but feel that I have been doing all that spirit intended. Until now that is. Spirit want me to do more, at the moment I am not exactly sure what it is, what I do know is that it is to do with healing of terminally ill humans and animals. I once asked spirit why I should specialise in this healing of those at the end of the road. Spirit answered "You were born to - there are plenty of others who can take care of the rest" Now all I can say is that my work is work in progress. I expect when my time comes to pass over that all will be revealed to me...