Randolph Severson

    Randolph Severson, Ph.D., is a family therapist and clinical fellow, AAMFT. His many books express a family soul psychology, an effort to “grow down” in Hillman’s sense, an effort to offer “blood for the ghosts,” to grow down into his “own little postage stamp of native soil” (William Faulkner), into the idiomatic particulars (Albert Murray) of place, family, culture, history, tradition, music, faith. The guiding image for this work is Aeneas sacrificing at his father’s grave (Aeneid, Book 5, ll. 75-105). During the mid and late 1970s and early 1980s, he was James Hillman’s student, graduate assistant, and managing editor and partner at Spring. His books include: Spiritual Existential Counseling; A Catholic Soul Psychology; Adoption: Philosophy and Experience; The Soul of Family Preservation; and Adoption: Charms and Rituals for Healing. Nominated by Congressman Joe Barton, he received the Congressional Angel of Adoption. He was also a Recipient of the Baran-Pannor Award for Excellence in Adoption. (2013, 2014)