||About Gary Sherman
Gary Sherman began his professional career with a graduate degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Southern California in 1972. After graduation he began working in public and private agencies with the responsibility of providing psychological counseling to individuals, families and couples with a broad range of behavioral, emotional, existential, marriage and work related issues. In 1973 he began private practice by co-founding the Humanistic Psychological Center in Los Angeles, California, a private counseling center that provided psychological services to the general public.
Recognizing a greater dimension to human consciousness than his western training provided, Gary began what was to become a life-long study of meditation and spiritual practice, and new emerging transformational paradigms for understanding our nature as human beings.
In 1975, Gary co-founded The Center for Studies in Awareness, a non-profit corporation dedicated to the study, research and development of educational programs for exploring the nature of consciousness and its role in everyday life.
In 1986, in partnership with his wife Ellen Miller, Gary put his professional and personal life on hold and retreated to the island of Maui for a year of semi-seclusion and study. Out of this experience, described in their book Silence and the Soul – Awakening Inner Wisdom, he created Perceptual Integration, an educational program that trains individuals and organizations in developing skills for expanding self-awareness.
Moving to the San Francisco bay area, Gary intensified his study of meditation and the new emerging fields of energy healing and psychology. With a small group of researchers, he began a fifteen-year exploration of expanded consciousness, inner states, and their usefulness in understanding and transforming the quality of one's life.
While on Maui, Gary was introduced to the joy of working with clay and has become an accomplished ceramic artist whose work has been shown in galleries in California, and New Mexico. In 2003 he was an artist-in-residence at the Mendocino Art Center in Mendocino, California, where he worked and presented his art.
Gary has taught courses nationally on the subjects of Spiritual Process in Daily Life, Awareness and Creativity, Becoming Self Aware, Meditation, Conscious Relationships, and Opening Intuition. He has taught in such diverse venues as social work agencies, corporate America, and at Stanford University.
Gary is presently in private practice in Palo Alto, California, working with individuals and couples. He teaches classes and workshops at the Creative Awareness Project, a non-profit in-city retreat center he co-founded with Ellen Miller that provides education to the general public in the areas of healing, self-awareness, creativity, and spiritual process in daily life.
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