At Spring Garden Counseling, our approach to helping people is quite simple. We believe that individuals are capable of achieving satisfaction and wellbeing in life. Living up to one's potential often requires hard work, however without effort, true satisfaction in life becomes a fleeting experience. The professionals at Spring Garden can provide the tools that you need to help you meet your goals in life.

We also believe that true happiness is found when we focus on our connections with and compassion for others. Therefore, we spend a considerable amount of time and effort giving back to our community and world through volunteer efforts. Our mission is to make the world a better place, one day at a time, one project at a time, one person at a time.

Ryan Makinson


Building a school in
Santa Cruz, Boliva,
July 2006

Overcoming Obstacles

"Some people fear heights, others fear snakes, what I fear is writing essays" is the first sentence of the winning essay for the 2007 Anne Ford scholarship granted to Ryan Makinson by the National Center for Learning Disabilities. You can read about Ryan's inspiring life journey through the trials and tribulations of coping with a learning disability and ADHD at NCLD's web page. Now a neuroscientist working for the DoD in Virginia, Ryan serves as a role model for other young persons dealing with learning challenges and as an example of the power of the human spirit.

Healthy Development Throughout the Lifespan

Healthy interactions with our children lead to optimal mental health and satisfying home environments. I invite you to take a break and enjoy a poem written by Logan Makinson Peaceful Days.

Educating Ourselves to Serve Humanity

Helping others is both our vocation and avocation. No one exemplifies this value more than Chris Makinson who is conducting research aimed at developing more effective treatments for epilepsy and other diseases of the brain. Chris received his PhD from EmoryUniversity and completed his post doctoral fellowship at Stanford University. He is looking forward to a new phase of his career as a professor in the Neuroscience program at Columbia University in New York.

Summing it Up

We encouraged a balanced lifestyle focused on optimum physical, mental, and spiritual health. Take a look at Dr. Makinson's recommendations for a healthy life style and determine what changes you can make to live a healthier and more satisfying life.

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