Kempler, Ph.D., ABPP
Diplomate in Clinical
Psychology, Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Georgia,
I earned my BA in psychology from Brandeis University in 1958, where I
studied humanistic psychology under Abraham Maslow. I received my Ph.D.
in clinical and developmental psychology in 1964 from Clark University
in Worcester, MA. In my teaching, research, writing, consulting, and
clinical practice I have consistently been informed by a humanistic,
phenomenological, and growth oriented approach.
For many years,
while teaching in the graduate programs of Emory University and
Georgia State University, I maintained a private clinical practice.
Since leaving the university six years ago I have been in full time
practice of psychotherapy and consultation to business and other organizations.
I work with adult individuals, with couples, and with groups. In
my work I stress the importance of deep listening, of the here-and-now
relationship with my client, and of the creative expression of unconscious
processes in dreams and imagery.
In the past several years I have worked with many couples, who are either
in crisis or are attempting to negotiate important transitions in
a long-term relationship.
I have become
convinced that each person has his or her unique optimal way of confronting
and working though personal/emotional difficulties. Consequently, my approach
has become increasingly tailored to each client and less and less theoretical,
ideological, or technique based.
As a Holocaust
survivor, who grew up in Poland and Sweden and then immigrated to
the United States, I have become interested in human resilience,
particularly in the face of severe trauma. I understand these issues
both from the perspective of my personal experience and from my
humanistic growth orientation. These perspectives have proved useful for
me in the trauma relief work I have done in Bosnia for the past
five years and, more recently, with Katrina evacuees in Little Rock, Arkansas
Every person is a
unique "experiment" in the great enterprise of living
a human life. My objective in all my work is to recognize, acknowledge,
and cooperatively promote this process towards its most creative
expression. I feel privileged to do work that is forever fresh and that
always deals with the essential challenges of living.
Group psychotherapy with adults
Consultation to business and other organizations, including staff development
Psychotherapy training and consultation for mental health professionals.
Ph.D., 1964. Clinical
and Developmental Psychology, Clark University, Worcester,MA
Psychology, Clark University, Worcester, MA
Psychology, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Georgia Board of Psychology Examiners, License, No. 180
Diplomate in Clinical
Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)