I'm Martha Jo Atkins, Ph.D., LPC-S, a master certified coach, professional counselor and counselor supervisor.
Please call me MJ.
I love boxer dogs - well, all dogs really - and humans with a keen sense of humor.
I am often with people as they are dying. Thein-between space - one foot here, one foot there - is a place I am steady.
I know how to be with someone who is saying good-bye to this life. I know how to be with a room full of people who are in the midst of a good-bye with someone they love. These experiences? Tender. Awful. Funny. Relieving. Holy. Mundane. Extraordinary. Ineffable.
I see. Patterns. Textures. The space in-between. Fear and Compassion. Acceptance. Or not.
I teach about Signposts of Dying and deathbed phenomenon - the visions, movements, and metaphorical language common in end-of-life experiences. I teach on-demand classes on death and dying. More are in the works.