The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

The Rev. Dr. Bill Harkins

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 38 years and they have two married sons, Justin (Michelle) is a 35 year-old Environmental Attorney in Montana, and Andrew (Margaret) a 32 year-old medical student at Emory University. They have twin grandchildren, Jack and Alice, who live in Montana. Bill is the veteran of 42 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.



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