- M.A., Counseling, Pacifica Graduate Institute
- M.F.A., Writing, University of Iowa
- Ph.D., Somatic Psychology, Santa Barbara Graduate Institute
Gary holds a BA from Brown University, a counseling MA from Pacifica, a writing MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, and a PhD in somatic psychology from The Chicago School and the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute (SBGI). He is a certified Somatic-Experiencing Practitioner, as well as a dance-movement facilitator, voice teacher, cellist, songwriter and novelist, and uses elements of all those studies in his private psychotherapy practice in Santa Monica, and in retreat settings on the Big Island of Hawaii. He has taught counseling skills on the faculties of SBGI and TCS, and creative writing skills on college faculties across the country, including the UCLA Writers Program. Twice the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, he is the author of Years From Now, Aura, and The Scrolls of Nef, as well as composer of an album of song-settings of Walt Whitman lyrics, Full of Life Now.