Gordon Wheeler is president and interim CEO of Esalen. He is a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience in his field along with a history in teaching and consulting with nonprofits on such topics as mission development and strategic planning. The author of numerous books and articles in the field, Gordon is noted for his work integrating the Gestalt tradition with relational and developmental psychology. His focus includes child and lifelong development and education, individualism, gender issues, and the dynamics of intimacy and shame.
Gordon's writings also have centered on values and cultural psychology, including multi-cultural issues and post-Holocaust studies. His work includes numerous translations which subsequently have been translated into a dozen foreign languages. He teaches and trains clinicians around the world, and also serves as editor and director of GestaltPress (a logo of Analytic Press).
Gordon and his wife Nancy Lunney Wheeler have seven children and numerous grandchildren. When not at Esalen, they make their home in Santa Cruz, California.