W. McLeod, Ph.D.
(404) 325-8512 Ext: 723
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
For men, women, and
young adults who are struggling with difficulties in relationships, substance abuse, feelings of sadness, depression, anxiety, hopelessness and grief.
Co-ed group led with Dr.
Consultation for psychotherapists and counselor
Group consultation (with Judy Pemberton, Ph.D.)Group and individual consultation for
Certified Imago Therapists
the Love You Want:
Workshop for Couples
Faith, Hope and Love in Marriage
Making Relationships Work
Ph.D. 1976. Counseling
Psychology, Georgia State University
M.Ed. 1973. Counseling
Psychology, Georgia State University
B.A. 1968. Religion,
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
Presenter for the Getting the Love You Want Workshop for Couples, 1992
Imago Relationships International: 2008 “Is There More?”
Award for Outstanding Volunteer Work