Director, Cathedral Counseling Center
Christy obtained a master’s degree in professional counseling from Georgia State University in 2002 and has been a practicing counselor ever since. She also received an Ed.S. from Georgia State University, specializing in trauma recovery and crises intervention. Christy got her undergraduate degree from Rhodes College majoring in psychology. Previously, she has worked as a counselor at Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences, Care and Counseling Center of Georgia, and most recently in a private practice. Christy works with individuals (adults and adolescents), couples, families, and groups. Her special professional interests include grief and loss, premarital and couples counseling, life transitions and issues related to physical health, depression, anxiety, addiction, and trauma.
Christy views the therapist and client as fellow travelers and that a healthy therapeutic relationship will not only help people navigate difficult times, but it will also bring a renewed sense of life purpose.
Christy is a native of Atlanta and is married with three children ages 14, 12, and 6. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being in nature, and cooking.
A graduate of St. Mark's School of Texas, Bill earned his A.B. in psychology from Duke University, his Master of Divinity from the General Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry from Perkins School of Theology at SMU. He served as Head of The Westminster Schools in Atlanta for 23 years. Before joining Westminster, he was Head of the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia. An Episcopal priest, Bill has also worked in parish ministry and pastoral counseling.
Bill is a member of several boards as a director and/or advisor, including the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation, the R. Howard Dobbs Family Foundation, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, and the Fugees Academy.
Bill is a native of Texas, but enjoyed living in New York City where he met his wife, Lucile. They went on to live in Dallas, Texas, and Washington, D.C., and then moved to Atlanta in 1991. Bill enjoys golf, salt water fly fishing, and long walks with Lucile and the dog. For more information about Bill, visit his website: liminalcoachingconsulting.org.
Bill Harkins is in his 20th year teaching pastoral theology and counseling in the various graduate programs at Columbia Theological Seminary, where he co-directs the THD program in pastoral counseling (shared with Emory and ITC). He is a Priest Associate at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip, entering his 16th year on staff. Bill practices psychotherapy and marriage and family therapy at the Cathedral Counseling Center in Atlanta. Bill joined the faculty of CREDO, a wellness program for Episcopal clergy, as Psychological Health faculty in 2012. In 2015 he was appointed by the Presiding Bishop to the National ECUSA Commission on Impairment and Leadership. Bill holds degrees from Rhodes College (B.A.) and Vanderbilt University, M.Div., Ph.D. (with honors on comprehensive exams). Bill and Vicky, a hospital administrator, have been married 39 years and they have two married sons, Justin (Michelle) is a 35-year-old Environmental Attorney in Montana, and Andrew (Margaret) a 33-year-old medical student at Emory University. They have twin grandchildren, Jack and Alice, who live in Montana, and a granddaughter, Sophia, born on Christmas Eve 2018. Bill is the veteran of 43 consecutive Peachtree Road Races, and completed the Asheville Marathon in March of 2015, his 10th full marathon. He enjoys trail running, sea kayaking, and wilderness adventures off the grid.
Bill enjoys meeting people in the spaces within life transitions, whatever the sources. Often, such times are the occasion for discernment, assessment, and reevaluation amidst change. Whether you are experiencing depression, anxiety, grief and loss, or you are simply seeking a safe context for considering “next steps,” Bill provides a confidential, professional relationship for the journey. He focuses on strengths as well as challenges and seeks to co-create creative, imaginative solutions. He respects all life contexts and spiritual orientations. He enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families, and has extensive experience working with churches in transition, leading vestry retreats, and consulting with institutions in conflict.
A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Approved Supervisor in AAMFT, Bill is also an ordained Episcopal priest and Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He enjoys working with those in vocational discernment and/or in need of clinical supervision. Neuroscience is reminding us of what we have known experientially; that relationships built upon compassion can transform our neural pathways and neurochemistry and they can change lives. Bill believes this is connected to our feeling fully alive in generative and life-giving ways, and to being persons of integrity. These are values he seeks to embody in his professional practice.
Since 2008, Jared Smiley has served a broad diversity of people across the lifespan to cultivate health and well-being. Jared offers psychotherapy to individuals of all ages seeking counseling for doing deep psychological work. Couples therapy is offered upon consultation, and group therapy is offered periodically.
Jared believes that the practice of psychotherapy is as much artistic as it is scientific and has found that the process is often mysterious. He values spirituality as well as the application of mythology, anthropology, philosophy, natural sciences, and the fine arts.
Jared's joys include running, playing and listening to music, taking pictures, rock climbing, outdoor activity, and writing. He is passionate about his work and his family, and he loves the midtown community in which he lives.
For more information about Jared's background, perspective, and approach, please visit jaredsmiley.com.
Katie earned her bachelors degree at Davidson College with a double major in Sociology and Religion. With a growing desire to support others in pursuit of healing and wholeness, she went on to obtain a Masters in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University. Now as a licensed therapist, Katie is privileged to journey with clients towards greater health and wellness.
Katie provides a safe and nurturing environment to help people navigate difficult life seasons and circumstances. She believes that intentionally attending to ourselves and our lives gives us the opportunity to address past pain, engage the present, and gain vision for the future. Katie primarily works with female clients across the life span with a variety of presenting concerns. Some areas of professional interest include depression, anxiety, relationship issues, identity development in older adolescents and young adults, postpartum support, addressing shame, life transitions, difficult family dynamics, and issues of faith and spirituality. Katie also offers couples counseling and periodic therapy groups. Additionally, Katie is a former collegiate athlete and coach, and enjoys integrating her past experience by working therapeutically with athletes, coaches, and teams.
Katie is an Atlanta native. She lives with her husband and three young children. She enjoys adventuring with her family, spending time with friends, sampling local coffee, writing, and being outdoors (especially in the fall).
For over 40 years Meg has practiced as a psychotherapist for individuals, couples, and groups. She received her B.A. from the University of Kentucky and M.S.W. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. After working at the Cerebral Palsy Center for Families in South Carolina and Oklahoma and the New York Foundling Hospital in New York City, she moved to Atlanta and joined the Training and Counseling Center at St. Luke’s as a volunteer and then a counselor. Since 1998 Meg served as Clinical Director and therapist at TACC, working with a diverse population of people from the Atlanta community. She continues to lead support groups and programs for elders and caregivers at St. Luke’s.
Meg’s special areas of interest include grief, transitions, chronic illness, and women’s issues, as well as relationship issues, personal and spiritual development, and issues of life stages. She enjoys working with all ages from young adults to those in their later years, as each stage of life brings challenges and wonderful possibilities for growth.
Meg, living in Atlanta for 40 years, has been married for 46 years, and has three married adult children and seven grandchildren. She loves playing with her grandchildren, writing, photography, travel, and time with family and friends.
Caroline Paris earned her B.A. from Furman University and a Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. After working for five years in ministry, she realized her passion for helping individuals navigate life transitions and/or crises. She then sought training as a clinical mental health counselor at Mercer University’s Penfield College. This past year, she earned experience working with adults, couples, adolescents, children, and families at a private practice in midtown. Previously, she has worked in the Family Services Department at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, as the Director of Youth Ministries at Oak Grove UMC, and as the Director of Girls Ministries at Peachtree Road UMC.
Caroline’s personal mission in life is to help others experience healing, purpose, and joy through the cultivation of authentic relationships. Caroline works with individuals, couples, and adolescents and their parents. Her areas of professional interest include working with adolescent females, parents striving to utilize positive discipline, family members of individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder, and issues related to communication in relationships, depression, anxiety, faith, major life transitions, grief, self worth and self-acceptance, and finding meaning in life.
Caroline fell in love with the Decatur community while attending Emory, and that is where she and her family live now. Caroline enjoys being with her family and friends, being outside, reading, watching movies, going to the dog park, and cycling.