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Robin Gayle

Growth. . . The ability to experience new emotions, experiment with new behaviors, take responsibility within change, and move forward with renewed strength.


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Teaching and Research Interests

Life transitions; loss and grief; communication for couples and colleagues; guided imagery and metaphoric dialogue; Brief Solution-focused and Narrative therapy; co-creative groupwork; gestalt techniques; dual career marriages; and mentoring psychotherapists development. Psychotherapy practice in Kentfield, Ca.

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Gayle, R. Metaphoric Dialogue workshop. Presentation at Imagery International Annual Conference, 2011.
  • 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. Meaning Makers: Co-creating meaningful structures in group psychotherapy.  Presentation at The American Group Psychotherapy Association annual meeting, February, 2010.
  • 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).


Training Guides

  • Gayle, R. (2008, 3rd ed.).  Individual Case Study and Treatment Plan Guide.  Department of Counseling Psychology, Dominican University of California.
  • Gayle, R., & Danielson, J. (2007).  Group Case Study and Treatment Plan Guide.  Department of Counseling Psychology, Dominican University of California.


  • 2010 Alonso Award for Excellence in Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy.  Awarded by the Group Psychotherapy Foundation for the paper "Co-Creating Meaningful Structures within Long-Term Psychotherapy Group Culture" published in The International Journal of Group Psychotherapy (July, 2009).
  • 1999 Excellence in Teaching Certificate for Advanced Counseling Techniques: Groups, and Fieldwork Seminar.  Awarded by the School of Arts and Sciences, Dominican University of California.

Professional Organizations

  • Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist, MFC 23345
  • Board Certified and Registered Hypnotherapist, 2677
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • American Group Psychotherapy Association
  • American Association of Professional Hypnotherapists
  • American Association of University Professors
  • Imagery International

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