Hi, I’m Jared DeFife.

Atlanta therapist; Atlanta psychologistAs a relationship therapist, I’m passionate about helping people through their most difficult romantic and relationship concerns…and it all began with a coin flip.

It was in high school, I was 16 years old, and you remember the intensities of adolescent romance, right? Well, a friend called me in deep distress with a dating dilemma about whether to stay with her boyfriend or whether it was time to breakup.

So I had her take out a coin and flip it. Heads you stay. Tails you go.

I waited on the other end of the line and…

Thank goodness my relationship counseling approach has substantially evolved over a long career of professional study, dedicated scientific research, and amazing experiences with awesome clients.

The heart of the matter is that I love helping you navigate matters of the heart.

I work with a dedication to helping heartbroken and hurting people bounce back from breakups, navigate commitment crises and infidelity, come to peace with past emotional hurts and injuries, and conquer loneliness to find connection.

I want to help you break free from disconnection and get in touch with your amazing, authentic self.

But the path to an awesome practice for me was neither quick nor straightforward. I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology from Adelphi University in 2007. From there I shipped it on up to Boston for advanced training in the Program for Psychotherapy at Cambridge Health Alliance and as a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School.

With the academic career path calling, I migrated down south to Atlanta and became a licensed psychologist, clinical research scientist, and Assistant Professor at the Emory University School of Medicine. I was well on my way to establishing a successful academic career and a track record of published scientific research in psychotherapy, personality disorders, clinical assessment, and women’s mental health. There was just one big problem.

I was overstretched, overcommitted, exhausted, and uninspired. And I don’t want that to happen to you!

My passion just wasn’t in being a clinical scientist, so I broke up with academia and took the leap to launch a private practice doing dynamic work that inspires and energizes me. In addition to my practice, I teach psychotherapy skills, I speak for professional audiences, and I blog regularly for Psychology Today. I’ve been interviewed and quoted as a relationship expert for The Huffington Post, Yahoo! Health, The BBC World News, PsychCentral, and Women’s Health Magazine. I also work with other therapists to find their unique practice passions and help them craft inspired and informative messages that speak to the hearts of their ideal clients.

…but whatever happened with my friend and the coin flip?

After a few moments of silence on the phone, she happily announced, “Heads…so I have my answer!” “Just one more question,” I asked, “how many times did you flip it in order to get there?” She paused sheepishly. “Three.”

Don’t wait for the coin to drop! It’s time for you to move forward in life and love. Check out more about my counseling services for individuals and couples or contact me to set up a free phone interview. I look forward to hearing from you!