Gaye Stockell, M.A., Sydney, Australia, started her exploration of narrative ideas and practices 20 years ago in Sydney, whilst working in community mental health services. Working in partnership, she introduced narrative conversations to people experiencing severe mental illness concerns and as a new approach to therapeutic group work.

In her independent practice as a registered psychologist, Gaye continued to explore narrative practices through her conversations with families, couples and individuals as well with the counselors, psychologists and social workers she meets in consultations. Her consultation/supervision work has been in the areas of sexual assault, mental health, drug and alcohol, adolescence and services for people who are homeless.

She has taught at universities and institutions in Australia and overseas, including the USA, Cuba, New Zealand, Italy, Paris and the UK. Along with Marilyn O’Neil, Gaye recently recorded the (free to download) Friday Afternoons at Dulwich video, “Reconstructing identities and inviting preferred stories of self: Narrative practices in mental health settings and prisons.” Along with Shona Russell and Peggy Sax, Gaye has presented two Extending Narrative Practice: Refreshing the Spirit of the Work workshops in Vermont.