• Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice, Toronto
  • Teaching Faculty, Department of Health Psychology, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 2003 – present.
  • Teaching Faculty. Faculty of Social Work. Interprofessional Certificate in Applied Mindfulness Meditation: Psychotherapy or Education, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 2011 – present
  • Adjunct Professor, Music and Health Research Collaboratory (MaHRC), University of Toronto



Dr. Shari Geller is a clinical psychologist with a primary research interest in both (a) Therapeutic Presence as a core foundational principle in effective therapy and (b) Rhythm and Mindfulness as healing modalities, with a particular focus on the neurophysiological benefits of group drumming and rhythm based technologies. Dr. Geller developed the Therapeutic Rhythm and Mindfulness Program (TRM™), which is a comprehensive and novel approach combining three evidenced based techniques: Mindfulness, Group Drumming, and Emotional Expression and Reflection.  She is currently working with a research team from Toronto General Hospital and Thunder Bay Regional Health Services to explore the fidelity of a TRM training program that can be scaled nationally to train health professionals to facilitate TRM™ with cancer survivors. This study will provide the groundwork for a future RCT exploring the effectiveness of TRM™ in enhancing group cohesion and positive mood states and decreasing negative mood disturbance in cancer survivors.


Geller, S. M. & Greenberg, L. S. (2012).  Therapeutic Presence: A Mindful Approach to Effective Therapy. Washington: American Psychological Association.

Geller, S. M (2012).  Therapeutic Presence as a Foundation for Relational Depth. In Knox, R., Murphy, D., Wiggins, S., & Cooper, M. (Eds.). (In press). Relational depth: Contemporary perspectives. Basingstoke: Palgrave

Geller, S. M. (2012).  Therapeutic Presence: An Essential Way of Being.  In Cooper, M.,Schmid, P. F., O’Hara, M., & Bohart, A. C. (Eds.). (In press). The Handbook of Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling (2nd ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Geller, S., M., Pos. A. W., & Colosimo, K. (2012).  Therapeutic presence: A common factor in the provision of effective psychotherapy.  Society for Psychotherapy Integration, 47, Psychotherapy Bulletin, 6-13.

Geller, S. M. & Greenberg, L. S., & Watson, J, C. (2010). Therapist and client perceptions of therapeutic presence: The development of a measure.  Journal of Psychotherapy Research, 20(5), 599-610.

Geller, S. M (2009). De ontwikkeling van therapeutische presentie: therapeutisch drummen en mindfulness-oefeningen (Cultivation of Therapeutic Presence: Therapeutic Drumming and Mindfulness Practices).  Dutch Tijdschrift Clientgerichte Psychotherapie (Journal for Client-Centered Psychotherapy), 47, 273-287.