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Louis W. McLeod, Ph.D.

Phone: (404) 325-8512 Ext: 723
E-mail:
lwmc@mindspring.com

After working for over 30 years with couples, individuals, families and groups, I continue to be excited about my work as a therapist. My training in Experiential Psychotherapy at Georgia State University and the Atlanta Psychiatric Clinic along with my work in mental health and alcohol treatment centers in Atlanta gave me the foundation to appreciate the possibilities for change and growth inherent in the therapeutic journey with individuals and couples.

My training with Dr. Harville Hendrix in Imago Relationship Therapy in 1990 was instrumental in my becoming a seasoned couples therapist. Presenting the Getting The Love You Want Workshop For Couples for 16 years with my wife of 25 years and counselor, Linda McNeely McLeod, continues to confirm my belief that most all people have a yearning for connection in which there is safety and passion. I have learned much about relationships from the work of Dr. John Gottman, and Dr. Pat Love. I continue to learn about the complexities, challenges and rewards of committed love relationships from the hundreds of couples with whom I work and from my own relationship journey with my wife.

CLINICAL SERVICES:

Couples Psychotherapy:

A primary focus of my work as a therapist is with couples. Couples who meet with me initially often just want the pain in the relationship to stop. We initially explore the conditions for effective couples psychotherapy, including reducing the negative interactions between the partners and increasing the positive. Couples learn productive ways of communicating about frustrations, concerns, angers and hurts in the relationship. The challenge in a couple's relationship is to create an environment in which each partner is seen, heard and validated and which can provide the opportunity for personal growth and development.

Couples are encouraged to attend one of the Getting The Love You Want Workshop For Couples,weekends that are held in the Atlanta area as a way of becoming acquainted with a road map designed by Dr. Harville Hendrix for moving their relationship to a more hopeful and joyful experience with each other. This experience usually makes our work go much quicker and gives couples an immediate boost in optimism about their relationship journey.

Recovery from Infidelity:

I work with many couples who have initiated couples counseling after the discovery of an affair. My definition of affair is broad because of viewing it as the withdrawal of attention and energy from one’s primary partner and directing that attention and energy secretly toward another person. Therefore, I often see what some call “emotional affairs” just as devastating to the primary intimate relationship bond as a “physical or sexual affair.”

While there are predictable stages in recovery from affairs, I find that a couple often needs support in creating a trusting environment where the betrayed partner’s pain and anger can be aired, questions asked and answered and genuine remorse can be expressed and received. Once forgiveness becomes possible, a couple can begin to look at their whole relationship to determine what a new, safe and recommitted relationship would look like between them.

Couples Recovering from Sex Addiction:

I work with couples in which one or both partners are in recovery from sex addiction. While it is essential that the sex addict be in individual treatment and a recovery program, the couple relationship will also be challenged to grow beyond this betrayal. Many couples wonder if it is even possible for their relationship to survive sex addiction. Finding a safe space to make sense out of the addict’s betrayal and the impact on the other partner can lead to the recovery and healing of the relationship.

Premarital Counseling:

Couples who are engaged, contemplating marriage, or who are considering a committed love relationship can benefit from understanding the stages of intimate relationships, learning communication and problem solving skills, and creating the conditions that can support their continued growth in the relationship. Premarital counseling occurs with an individual couple in my office or in a group setting in the course: Start Right Stay Connected: The Imago Premarital Course.

Family Psychotherapy:

The families I work with often are composed of older adolescent or adult children who are experiencing difficulty in their relationship with parents, step-parents or siblings. Marriages, divorces and remarriages as well as alcohol and substance abuse increase the complexity of maintaining connection with primary family members. Family therapy supports the creation of conditions that maximize beingheard, understood and establishing new more effective ways of relating.


Individual Psychotherapy:

For men, women, and young adults who are struggling with difficulties in relationships, substance abuse, feelings of sadness, depression, anxiety, hopelessness and grief.

Group Therapy:

Co-ed group led with Dr. Debbara Dingman

Psychotherapy Consultation:

Consultation for psychotherapists and counselor
Group consultation (with Judy Pemberton, Ph.D.)Group and individual consultation for
Certified Imago Therapists

Workshops:

Getting the Love You Want:
Workshop for Couples

Faith, Hope and Love in Marriage
Making Relationships Work

 

 

EDUCATION:

Ph.D. 1976. Counseling Psychology, Georgia State University

M.Ed. 1973. Counseling Psychology, Georgia State University

B.A. 1968. Religion, Emory University

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS:

Licensed Psychologist, Georgia Board of Psychology Examiners, License, No. 478

Staff Consultant, Training and Counseling Center

Faculty, Pine River Psychotherapy Training Institute

Certified Imago Relationship Therapy Consultant, 2007

Certified Workshop Presenter for the Getting the Love You Want Workshop for Couples, 1992

Certified Imago Therapist, 1991

AWARDS

Imago Relationships International: 2008 “Is There More?” Award for Outstanding Volunteer Work

 

 

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