Rebellious, runaway, angry, selfish... these are the words Jeff Pipe uses to describe a story he knows all too well - his own.
Long before he was "Dr. Pipe", Jeff was an angry teenager struggling to find his way through a family tumult of his own making. Raised in a conservative Christian home and a community that offered few alternatives between restrictive and godless, Jeff struggled to find room for his own passions and gifting. Not understanding his own anger, he reacted against authority through both subtle and overt means. However, unbeknownst to him, God was at work redeeming his earlier experience and transforming his anger into a passion for integrity, openness and honesty.
After completing a degree in Christian Education, Jeff took a full-time youth ministry position at Brainerd Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The six years he spent in youth ministry were exciting and challenging. However, when Jeff had reached the end of himself in that ministry his passion led him to Colorado Christian University where he received his MA in Biblical Counseling while studying under Dr. Dan Allender (www.thepathlesschosen.com) and Dr. Larry Crabb (www.newwayministries.org). It was during this training that Jeff came to recognize the passion for integrity which God was building in him. Simultaneously, he began to see how counseling provided an outlet for this passion, as well as a rich opportunity to help other persons find greater emotional, relational and spiritual integrity. After completing his MA, Jeff subsequently completed a PsyD in Clinical Psychology at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology and was later licensed as a psychologist. He joined AlphaCare a Christian counseling center in Atlanta where his practice quickly grew; he served as the Office Director for AlphaCare and, later, as the Clinical Director for Transitional Family Services. However, in 2006, AlphaCare changed ownership and the same passion for integrity that had led Jeff into the field of counseling compelled him to establish his own office, Tapestry Psychological Associates.
Jeff's passion for personal and interpersonal integrity - in combination with his own brokenness and daily need for grace - now energize him to create a counseling context which offers safety, as well as a push toward risk and change. Whether he is wrestling with his own personal growth, counseling a man seeking freedom from sexual compulsivity or helping a strained marriage find a deeper level of intimacy, Jeff's pursuit of integrity - a consistency of personhood from the inside out - fosters personal, relational and spiritual growth in those with whom he works.
Jeff regularly speaks at retreats, churches, professional conferences and training seminars across the region. He and his wife lead marriage retreats and are the creators of "KidSMARTS", a child safety program addressing child abduction and abuse. He has appeared on a number of local radio and TV stations to share his expertise on marriage, child safety and child behavior, including an interview on CNN Headline News just days after the September 11, 2001 tragedy. Jeff enjoys fishing and he is an avid Mountain Biker; whenever possible, he rides his bike to the office. He is active in leadership at his church. He and his wife have been married since 1985 and have one daughter.