About Gail Danchig, MA, MFT, REAT

Gail is a licensed psychotherapist, life coach, seminar facilitator and Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, with a private practice in Fairfax, California. As a psychotherapist for over twenty years, she has a transpersonal and client-centered approach.  As a coach she is co-creative and co-active in helping clients to discover what enlivens and ignites them. Her work combines practices based on the science of happiness with a heart-centered and spirit-based foundation.

She has worked with individuals, couples and groups in a variety of settings. Her passion is to create a safe and non-judgmental space for each person to explore and express their deepest and most authentic self, through creativity, mindfulness, ritual, nature and positive psychology. She finds great joy in supporting and honoring the blossoming of each person’s sacred journey towards greater life fulfillment. She holds her work in the spirit of compassion, gratitude and loving-kindness.

Her personal and professional journey has been informed by the intertwining of four significant branches; the pursuit of creative expression, being a spiritual seeker, the study and practice of psychology, and a deep connection to nature as a source of inspiration, nourishment and healing.

Dance and clay have been important vehicles for her own journey of self-expression, healing and change. Dance and movement offer a profound physical and somatic connection to the emotions and the spirit. Working with clay for 35 years is a meaningful creative and spiritual form of expression that connects her to the earth itself.

She has been practicing mindfulness meditation for over 30 years and has explored a variety of spiritual traditions. One of her main practices is taking Wisdom Walks, walking mindfully on the earth and in the labyrinth, as a part of her own sacred journey. She built a labyrinth to support this practice and as an offering to others. Gail integrates this process with writing, creating mixed media mandalas and other forms of creative expression. She is passionate about spending time in nature, through hiking and gardening, and brings her love of photography to these experiences.

Gail has a Masters Degree in Psychology from Antioch University. Over the years she studied dance therapy, sandplay and multi-modal expressive arts. Some of her teachers include Blanche Evan, Anna Halpern, Natalie Rogers and Gisela Schubach De Dominico. She trained as a coach through Mentorcoach and the Authentic Happiness Coaching Program (with Martin Seligman).  She is a member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, and a member of the Marriage andFamily Therapist Associations of Marin County, CA and of the state of California.

Gail has taught and supervised students, therapists and others in the expressive arts, through agencies, universities and in private practice. She has presented sandplay and expressive arts therapy at conferences and at women’s spirituality gatherings. She taught as an adjunct faculty member at the California Institute of Integral Studies and is currently a faculty member and advisor for the Core Strengths Coaching Certificate Program at San Francisco State University.

Currently Gail is conducting interviews with women in the second half of life for a book.

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