About Peter Finlay

Dr. Peter Finlay

Peter studied for a Masters Degree in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and the Psychoses under Dr. Dianne LeFevre in Basildon, Essex.
He has a Post-graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and has been practising privately for over 15 years.

As with many counsellors and psychotherapists, Peter has become a practitioner after a career in other fields. In Peter’s case he has been a consultant in analytical techniques examining fluid mechanics, especially biomedical fluids as an alternative to animal testing. In the last
10 years or so he has shifted the focus of his experience to now working as a forensic computer scientist and data recovery expert. While one may think that data recovery and psychotherapy are two widely differing subjects, they are not as diverse as one may think.

Peter: “By some strange quirk of fate I find myself with two parallel careers: One as a computer data recovery and forensic specialist recovering obscured information; and the other as a psychotherapist and counsellor; taking care of people who have lost their way or become overwhelmed by circumstances. However, in my view, computers and people have remarkable similarities: They are both pre-programmed to perform routine tasks, they both have inner workings which most others don’t understand and they both suffer from hang-ups and ‘freezes’ which impair their ability to function.  

If our computer goes wrong we get it fixed and if we hurt ourselves physically, we seek help to mend the wound. But emotional or psychological problems are also part of us and need to be managed. We all have slightly odd or bizarre facets to our character and may think weird things or question our sanity – it’s a natural part of human behaviour; as are anxieties and concerns. It is when these thoughts start to impact on our lives and ability to function, that we need to consider some form of help in regaining control. In these situations, we shouldn’t be frightened or ashamed to acknowledge that we have a problem: A problem which may lead to longer term issues which could have been averted.

Blank computer screens, cuts and aches have no stigma associated with them but as a society we are inclined to shy away from anything which may imply a psychological disorder, in case we are perceived as ‘nuts’. We all need someone to talk to at various stages in our lives and seeking help from a trained and experienced therapist or counsellor should not be perceived as a failure or disgrace. It’s computers that fail or disgrace themselves! – people are very different. Computers can’t help themselves – we can”