Dr. Putnam’s Transition to the Center for Relational Care – January 2017

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The Center for Relational Care Announces New Atlanta-Area Office with Dr. Courtney Putnam as Director

The Board of Directors and leadership team of the Center for Relational Care (CRC), based in Austin, TX, are excited to announce a new Atlanta-area office, opening January 1st, 2017 in the North Atlanta suburb of Woodstock, GA.   Established in 2006, the CRC’s mission is to support and equip churches to minister effectively to hurting people and to accomplish this in two ways – counseling and training.   The Center for Relational Care provides counseling services for healing and change. CRC counselors serve children, families, single adults, and married couples as well as provide trauma recovery therapy, especially for those seeking EMDR Therapy.  They provide therapy and support to hurting relationships, wounded hearts, and struggling lives through an accelerated process of growth, hope, and healing, including CRC’s Relational Care IntensivesTM for couples, families and singles.

CRC clients may choose to participate in the Accelerated Relational Care (ARC) Process.  This unique approach helps many clients jump-start the counseling journey with 8-12 hours of counseling completed in a condensed period of time, known as a Mini-intensive.SM This experience followed by a marriage intensive can be particularly helpful for couples. A similar program is available for some individuals and families.  An exciting result of this new Atlanta-area center will be the opportunity to offer Relational Care Intensives for single adults in Georgia.  Previously, singles intensives have only been held at CRC’s headquarters in Austin, TX.

As the flagship counseling center for “Intimacy Therapy,” developed by Dr. David Ferguson of Intimate Life Ministries, CRC also uses its expertise to train counselors and pastoral leaders around the world in this biblically-based and clinically sound counseling model that helps hurting people experience God’s presence, provision, compassion, and truth.   Entry- and advanced-level training in the model is offered in Austin and Atlanta in CRC’s More Than CounselingTM workshops.

CRC has a long history of partnerships with counselors, pastors, and ministry leaders in the North Atlanta area.  Current CRC partners include: psychologist Dr. Andy Ward and Jodi Ward, LPC of the Ward Psychological Group in Roswell, GA; James Eubanks, LMFT, LPC, the Director of Counseling at First Baptist Church of Woodstock; Dave Lewis, Director of The Basic Idea Ministries; and Dr. Courtney Putnam. Therefore, it is with great joy and enthusiasm that we welcome Dr. Courtney Putnam as the Director of CRC-Atlanta.

Dr. Putnam brings over 13 years of experience, including private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, teaching counseling to graduate students, conference speaking, supervising graduate student interns and associate licensed professional counselors, and directing counseling centers in Louisiana, Texas, and Georgia.  Dr. Putnam is a graduate of Cherokee County’s Etowah High School and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Louisiana State University.  She earned a Master of Arts  in Professional Counseling from the Psychological Studies Institute (now Richmont Graduate University) and a Ph.D. in Psychology and Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

After returning to Georgia from Texas three years ago, she established her own practice, SpringLife Counseling and Coaching, and served as a contract counselor for the First Baptist Church of Woodstock Counseling Center.  During this time, Dr. Putnam also did contract counseling for CRC, providing two-day intensive therapy for couples in crisis using CRC’s Accelerated Relational Care Process. She also co-led CRC marriage intensives at the WinShape Retreat in Rome, GA.

Dr. Putnam says about her new role at CRC: “I am extremely honored and humbled to stand alongside the gifted team of counselors at the Center for Relational Care in this new initiative to provide individual, marriage, and family counseling in the North Atlanta area, and to serve together with our partners at WinShape Marriage, where marriage intensives offer healing, reconciliation, and growth for couples in crisis from all over the U.S.   I’m very excited to establish the CRC office in Woodstock and look forward to building relationships with and serving our area pastors and church staffs and the community at large for many years to come.”


Dr. Bruce Walker, the Executive Director of the Center for Relational Care, says about the addition of Dr. Putnam to the full-time CRC staff: “Many of us at CRC have had the privilege of working with Dr. Putnam as a colleague and Professional Associate in years past, and we have come to value her skills, knowledge, ethics, and heart for God and His people.  As we open this new Atlanta center, we look forward to years of mutually-rewarding partnership with Dr. Putnam in a calling to help hurting people heal and grow as individuals, couples, and families.”

Dr. Putnam will develop a “Pastor Support Center” where ministry leaders can reach out for resources and referrals to serve the mental and emotional health needs of their congregations.  Though initially services will be available for only adult individuals and couples, counselors experienced in working with children and families will be added to our team early in 2017.

The CRC-Atlanta office will formally open on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 in the Ivy Village Office Park at 3380 Trickum Road, Building 200, Suite 102, Woodstock, GA.  The vision is to pursue a permanent office location along the I-575 corridor, to open in Summer 2017 and to be easily accessible to clients from all of Cherokee County and the surrounding areas.  The CRC-Atlanta office can be reached at 678-653-3CRC (3272).  More information about the services offered can be found at http://www.relationalcare.org.  Couples interested in Center for Relational Care marriage intensives at WinShape Retreat can visit http://www.relationalcare.org/intensive-retreats and http://winshape.org/marriage/save/save.html.