Sherry Marshall (BSc. Sociology; MAA Social Work, AMHSW; Masters Science, Social Ecology; Diplomate, Process Oriented Psychology) is Director of Sydney Process Counselling and Therapy and on the Faculty Board of the School of Australia and New Zealand Process Oriented Psychology.
Sherry has been deeply involved with Buddhism since 1988 and helped His Holiness Dalai Lama in Australia since 1996. Her more personal story of meeting her Buddhist teachers is included in the introduction of the book.
She loves to travel and is passionate about developing inner and outer freedom, exploring awareness, deep wisdom and creating a meaningful life for others.
Sherry has worked specializing in Process Oriented Psychology (founded by Dr Arnold Mindell, author of over 22 books) for thirty years in England and Australia. In her life and work she combines her love for Tibetan Buddhism and Meditation with Process Psychology.
She believes that being aware of our deeper processes brings meaning and happiness. She has been studying and practicing Buddhism for over 25 years.
She has also worked as Director of the Staff Counselling Department at Royal North Shore Hospital, the largest teaching hospital in Sydney, Australia and as a consultant for 9 years with an Employee Assistance programme.
Sherry has had numerous articles published in magazines and newspapers including Simply Living, Wellbeing magazine, Nature and Health and Southern Crossings.
She has been a keynote speaker at many conferences, including the Australian Psychotherapy and Buddhist Conference and the international Psychotherapy and Employee Assistance Conference.
Sherry is a published author with Simon and Schuster. She is currently writing her second book, which is a fictional love story based in the high Himalayan mountains.
You can contact Sherry on her Website; www.sydneyprocesscounselling.com.au
When did you first start writing?
I have always written since my early 20's, and had some articles published in magazines. However I never thought about writing a book until 1997, when I was at a Buddhist retreat in the South of France.
What inspired you to write this book
I suddenly thought that there were lots of books written about Buddhism and Buddhist teachers. They were wonderful but I hadn't read anything at that stage, about 'ordinary' people like me and my friends who were interested in Buddhism. Alot of people talked about their happiness and challenges with their teacher. I was fascinated and thought, why not try and write about it? I was fairly philosophical about it and thought that if it was meant to happen,' the doors would open' for me to talk with lots of the students, and if it wasn't meant to be, the doors wouldn't open. But they did, so the book got written.
A Search for Meaning is a book about people just like us discovering the true meaning of Life through meeting a Buddhist teacher. Love, sexuality, relationships, spirituality, money, fame and power are topics that often interest us.These are modern, contemporary stories of love and relationships, happiness and devotion grounded in an ancient tradition. Heartwarming and sometimes heartbreaking.