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Robin Gayle, Ph.D., MDiv, MFT

Robin Gayle, Ph.D., MDiv, MFT
Professor of Psychology, Tenured, Dominican University of California

Chairperson, Department of Counseling Psychology

Bertrand Hall Room 21

Professional Licenses and Membership

  •     Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist, California, #MFC23345
  •     California Certified and Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist, #2677
  •     California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Member
  •     American Group Psychotherapy Association, Affiliate Member
  •     American Association of University Professors, Full Time Member
  •     American Association of Professional Hypnotherapists, Clinical Member
  •     Imagery International, Clinical Member

Educational Background

  •     Ph.D., East West Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, California
  •     M.Div., Pacific School of Religion, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California
  •     B.A., Psychology, California State University, Chico, California

Areas of Expertise and Professional Practice

  • In Private Practice since 1987 in Kentfield, California
  • Change and Loss
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mindfulness


  • Gayle, R. (2011).  The Mentoring Relationship: Co-creating Personal and Professional Growth.  In R. Klein, H. Bernard, and V. Schermer Eds., On Becoming a psychotherapist:  the personal and professional journey. Oxford University Press.
  • Gayle, R. (2010).  Metaphoric Dialogue.  The Journal of Imagery International, 14, 15-16.
  • Gayle, R. (2009). Co-creating meaningful structures within long-term psychotherapy group culture. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 59, 311-333.
  • Gayle, R. (1994). An interaction between western psychotherapeutic methodology and eastern buddhist spirituality. University Microfilms International, Bell & Howell. Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • Gayle, R., published as Tribble, R. (1984). Dual career marriages:  problems, satisfactions, therapeutic considerations.  Pastoral Psychology Journal, 35(3).

Workshops and Symposia Presentations

  • Gayle, R. (2014) Teachers Symposium, Invitational. Pagosa Springs, Colorado.
  • Gayle, R. (2013) Cultivating the Heart of Awakening, Tara Mandala Organization, non-profit, 5 week seminar
  • Gayle, R. (2012) Teachers Symposium, Invitational. Pagosa Springs, Colorado.
  • Gayle, R. (2011). Morning workshop entitled Metaphoric Dialogue:  bringing hope alive at the Imagery International’s 2011 Annual Conference, based upon the paper Metaphoric Dialogue (JII, 14, 15-16).
  • Gayle, R. (2010). Half day workshop entitled Meaning Makers: Co-creating Meaningful Group Structures at the American Group Psychotherapy Association's 2010 Annual Meeting, based upon the paper Co-creating meaningful structures within long-term  psychotherapy group culture. (IJGP, 2009).
  • Gayle, R. (2009). Guidelines for Dealing with Distressed Students.  Faculty Development Workshop presented to Dominican University of California Faculty, San Rafael, California
  • Gayle, R. (2007). Addressing Distressed and Disruptive Students.  Faculty Development Workshop presented to Dominican University of California Faculty, San Rafael, California.
  • Gayle, R. (2004). Solution Focused Model Applied to Clinical Supervision. Fenella Das Gupta (Chair), Intern Supervision Issues. Symposium conducted at the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Student Association, San Rafael, California.


  •     2010 Alonso Award for Excellence in Group Psychotherapy for a published paper:
  •     Co-creating Meaningful Structures within Long-Term Psychotherapy Group Culture, presented at the  American Group Psychotherapy Annual Meeting, February 20102
  •     Certificate of Excellent Teaching, School of Arts and Sciences, Dominican University of California, 1999

Courses in 2014-2015

  •     CP5204 Advanced Techniques:  Group Therapy  (3 units)
  •     CP 5208 Advanced Techniques:  Brief and Strategic Psychotherapy  (3 units)
  •     CP 5294 Fieldwork in Counseling  (3 units)


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