James Bernard Kynes, Sr., is an African American ordained Methodist minister (M.Div), and a certified Pastoral Counselor and state licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). He’s also a Clinical Member and an Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a Fellow with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and a Clinical Member with the Atlanta Group Psychotherapy Society. He’s been in practice since 1992. Bernard’s a husband of 39 years, father of four and grandfather of three. Bernard believes that human beings naturally seek relief from emotional, spiritual and relational pain. Hence, he provides pastoral psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families and therapeutic groups, to foster relief from and to facilitate an understanding about the complexities for this pain, in hope that a deeper healing and growth might occur. He provides these consultative and psychotherapeutic services regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, race, or sexual orientation. Bernard’s work adheres to a strict code of ethics based on the standards of his certifications, licensure, and ordination.
An integration of Bernard’s theological education and the advanced level of training in the social sciences of human development is what guides him in counseling.
Bernard has a Master of Divinity from an accredited theological seminary—The Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta GA. He doesn’t impose his religious or theological views on his clients; rather, he uses biblical narratives as metaphors to provide insight regarding relational healing and growth.
Bernard has an advanced level/post-graduate doctorial training in Psychoanalytic psychotherapy, primarily using Object Relations and Family Systems Theories as his clinical framework. These theories enhance his understanding of our human development and our human complexities—emotional, intellectual, spiritual and physical.