Avrum Geurin Weiss,
Consultant for Change
Phone: (404) 325-8512
Change is a natural, ongoing process, but just because its is natural
doesn't mean that its always easy or painless. Like a river, life
is always moving. The course can move swiftly or meander slowly, sometimes
taking a straight path, and other times twisting in unexpected directions.
The waters can be smooth and calm or turbulent and rocky.
When the course of life becomes challenging it is helpful to have a guide
to help you find your way.
I am a psychotherapist, author and teacher with thirty years of clinical
experience dedicated to helping people learn how to change their lives.
In addition to the private practice of psychotherapy, I am the director
of the Pine River Psychotherapy Training Institute and adjunct faculty
in the department of Psychology at Georgia State University. In addition,
I am the co-author with Dr. Richard Felder of the classic text Experiential
Psychotherapy: A Symphony of Selves, currently in its third printing.
I have presented talks at over 100 professional meetings, and I am currently
at work on a book about how people make effective and enduring changes
in their lives.
In addition to individual
and couples therapy, I offer group psychotherapy sessions which I believe
are one of the most powerful and cost-effective therapeutic approaches
available. After working with a person for a period of time individual
therapy, if I think it is appropriate I suggest that they join a group.
I co-lead most of my groups with Dr. Debbara Dingman.
When is it time
to seek psychotherapy?
Many people experience uncertainty about consulting a therapist. They
feel something is off but believe only people with serious
emotional problems seek the help of a therapist. This is a common misconception.
In fact, most people I work with simply want to get more from their lives-more
joy, more connection, more serenity and more general well-being.
Here are some common
goals that people bring to my office:
I want life to be easier and less stressful. These
are people who want to struggle less with some aspects of life. They want
to learn how to have less conflict in relationships, help manage a stressful
job or ways to find more time for themselves and for life to feel less
rushed and pressured.
I want to take better care of myself. These
are people who recognize the need to be more self-loving, yet they dont
know how or where to begin. Sometimes habits like getting enough sleep,
eating well, and exercising are hard to implement, as are less tangible
goals like becoming less self-critical and more forgiving of themselves
"I want to feel more connected to others. People
often feel lonely and isolated and they want to feel closer to family
and friends, and more connected to their communities. In essence, they
want to get better at both giving and receiving love.
I want to realize my potential. Whether it is
at work, in creative endeavors or in intimate relationships, many people
benefit from guidance in becoming more fully themselves.
I want a sense of meaning and purpose in my life.
In the course of life, many people find themselves stuck.
Life is too habitual and efforts to uncover a personal passion or sense
of joy have come up short. Gaining the help and insight of a third party
often helps people get connected to something bigger in their
Choosing a psychotherapist:
Choosing a therapist is more art than science. While it is important to
choose an experienced, highly trained and qualified professional to be
your therapist, you still have to find the person who is right
for you in terms of philosophy, methods, personality and approach. There
is no substitute for a face-to-face meeting where you can interview
a prospective therapist. Dont be afraid to ask questions or share
your thoughts in this meeting. Only then will you know if you and the
therapist are a good fit for the work ahead. I welcome the opportunity
to meet with you to discuss working together. If you dont feel Iam
the right person to help you, I will do my best to help you find someone
who can help.
Ph.D. 1986. Clinical
Psychology, Georgia State University.
West Georgia College.
B.A. 1974. Psychology,
Georgia Board of Psychology Examiners, License, No. 1151
New book by Dr. Weiss