About Me

Professional experience

  • Full-time private practice since 1990.
  • Graduate School Faculty since 1987:
    • John F. Kennedy University, Transpersonal Psychology.
    • California Institute of Integral Studies, Counseling Psychology.
  • Supervision and Consultation since 1993:
    • Clinical supervision of interns and trainees.
    • Consultation for writers (see below).
    • Mindfulness training.
  • Internship in Counseling Psychology, 1988-1990
    • Mills College, Counseling & Psychological Services Center.


  • M.A. Clinical Psychology, John F. Kennedy University
  • B.A. English, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois


  • Training in the Treatment of Trauma, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.
  • Registered Artist-Therapist, American Expressive Arts Therapy Association.
  • Supervisory Study Program, The Psychotherapy Institute, Berkeley.
  • Mediation Training, Lemmon Mediation Institute.
  • Life Coach, Franklin-Covey Institute.
  • Foundations of Buddhist Thought, Jamyang Buddhist Centre, London.
  • Advanced Yoga Studies Program, The Yoga Room, Berkeley.
  • Moksha Yoga Shala Advanced Yoga Studies Program.


  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners, 1990. License # MFT27514

Selected Publications*

  • One Continuous Mistake: Four Noble Truths for Writers. Penguin, 1999.
  • The Intuitive Writer: Listening to Your Own Voice. Penguin, 2002.
  • Writing the Fire: Yoga and the Art of Making Your Words Come Alive. Random House/Bell Tower, 2006.

* For all my publications, including poetry, and information about my one-on-one tutorials for writers, visit: www.GailSher.com

Gail Sher, MFT