J. Marshall Jenkins

Author, Therapist, Spiritual Director

Counseling Services


Georgia Licensed Psychologist

Phone: 706-766-1937

Office Location: 305 Redmond Road, Rome, GA 30165 (Center for Neurocognitive Assessment and Rehabilitation, or CNAR)

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 490246, Mount Berry, GA 30149-0246

J. Marshall Jenkins, Ph.D.

With over 30 years experience providing psychotherapy, I can best assist individuals and couples facing the following challenges:

Managing stress

Making hard decisions

Working through depression

Improving intimate relationships

Drawing on spiritual resources


These commitments guide the services I provide regardless of the need:

  • Offer a relationship conducive to healing and growth. The fundamentals of that relationship include listening with empathetic care and responding with authenticity. Psychotherapy research consistently shows that the quality of the relationship makes a greater difference than the selection of techniques.
  • Structure conversations around flexible goals. Sessions may seem to flow in unpredictable patterns because I believe in listening to what most concerns you at the time, and I perform better in natural conversations than in preformatted interviews. But you will see my strong interest in clarifying the outcome you want from therapy, and we will collaborate to develop strategies to reach your goals.
  • Reaching goals usually requires a combination of acceptance and change – accepting circumstances and experiences along with changing attitudes and behavior. There is no silver bullet for managing stress, but the closest we come to one is the Serenity Prayer: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference” (Reinhold Niebuhr).
  • Therapy enhances acceptance through insight (yours more than mine), validation of feelings, cultivating wisdom, reimagining hope, developing nonjudgmental awareness of your experiences in the present moment (mindfulness), and deepening trust in yourself and in God, your higher power, or whatever you call the benevolent powers beyond you.
  • Therapy enhances change by excavating and employing your forgotten strengths and gifts, loosening rigid thought patterns that keep you emotionally reactive, building skills for more satisfying relationships, and teaching and modeling ways to calm the physical tension that can provoke worry or rumination, and promoting new behaviors that give you energy.


How to get started

  • Call me at 706-766-1937. My practice is very simply organized, so I manage the appointments and billing.  We will discuss reimbursement, the rate of which will depend on whether you choose to pay through insurance and if so, what your insurance plan allows. Also, if you pay with insurance, call the mental health number on your insurance card in advance to inform them of your appointment with me – give them my full name, Dr. John Marshall Jenkins – and they will give you an authorization number to bring to me if they require it.
  • At the first appointment, bring your insurance card and the co-pay, usually listed as a specialist office visit. If you believe your insurance does not require a co-pay, please verify that first with a call to the insurance company. We will take about 10-15 minutes to gather information for claims. Then we will conduct an intake session, in which you will tell me your concerns, what you hope to gain from therapy, and some critical background for conceptualizing your concerns. We will decide whether I am the best provider for you, and if not, I will recommend referrals. Otherwise, we will set preliminary goals and a treatment plan that will likely involve ongoing conversations until you reach your goals.

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Spiritual direction is an ancient Christian practice in which a person seeks another for prayerful conversation and listening together for the leadings and showings of God in their everyday life. The real director is the Holy Spirit.  It may be better to call the human “director” a guide and the process “spiritual guidance,” but “spiritual direction” is the traditional term by which the practice is best known.  Unlike psychotherapy, the purpose is not to alleviate suffering or teach skills, although those may occur as secondary effects.  Rather, the purpose is to discern God’s presence and action in the person’s life.

The following experiences often prompt people to seek spiritual direction:

Challenging decisions

Religious doubt or a sense of God’s absence

Clarification of calling

Desire to explore more intentional spiritual practices

The need to share powerful experiences of God

I pursued this ministry after years of receiving direction, after the encouragement of close friends, and after earning two certificates in spiritual formation and guidance, one from Columbia Theological Seminary’s Spirituality Program and the other at Shalem Institute’s Spiritual Guidance Program. As you likely realized from checking the rest of this web page, my career of over 20 years as a Christian spiritual writer has focused on living the Christian spiritual life in everyday contemporary life, and spiritual direction is all about that.

Spiritual direction is much less formal than psychotherapy from a business perspective. If you need a psychotherapist, I cannot do both with you simultaneously and will refer you for that if you want direction from me.  While I do not want you to forego this ministry for monetary reasons, prayerfully discern what seems right to you to donate to this ministry.  There is no standard fee.  While there are no laws about privacy and confidentiality as there are with psychotherapy, I will guard your privacy.

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