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 senior and aspiring neuroscientist at Emory University in Atlanta, 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.

Community Service

Close to home, we support Boy Scout Troop 426 as troop leaders. You've heard it said that it takes a village to raise a child. Scouting provides a great opportunity to help build healthy, well-rounded, young men – while having a lot of fun! Take a look at our troop's web page. We encourage you to get involved in scouting – a wonderful way to make a positive difference in your community.

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 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. Chris is now a fourth year doctoral student in the Neuroscience program at Emory University. His current research is being funded by the national institute of health. Chris is also received a Howard Hughs research fellowship to design science curriculum for undergraduates.

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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