James Rapson, M.S., LMFT, is a clinical member of the American
Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the U.S. Association
of Body Psychoterapists, and the Center for Object Relations in
Seattle. Mr. Rapson is a veteran therapist who combines hard-won
personal insight with clinical experience and scholarship. The
journey of healing and growth in his own life has been greatly
amplified by the courageous men and women with whom he has the
privilege to work. Mr. Rapson's focus on human connection, coupled
with his penchant for innovation, has led him to develop programs
such as Group of Dads, Couples in Motion, and The Shared Vision
Project. James' collaboration with Craig has led to the development
of numerous seminars, workshops, and classes.
An avid learner, James draws from a diverse background that includes early career forays in the worlds of music, software engineering, theater, and religion, as well as even earlier exploits on the football field and wrestling mat. These days his wrestling is mostly limited to matters of the mind and heart, though he continues ot play piano, write poetry, and take the occasional raft trip down a northwest river. He has a private practice in Bellevue, Washington.
Craig English, M.F.A., is an award-winning writer with extensive experience in both nonfiction and fiction. He is founder of the much-published "Commoners" writing group in Seattle, Washington. A dynamic lecturer, teacher, and workshop leader, he draws from the wisdom traditions of both East and West to deliver a message that is warm, tough, funny, and poignant.
Mr. English performed as a professional actor for twenty-five years, with numerous credits on stage, television, and radio. He has cofounded such diverse projects as a groundbreaking Montessori middle school and a highly-regarded Shakespearean theater comapny. Among his interests, Craig counts hiking, kayaking, skiing, drinking tea, cooking, reading, and laughing.
Craig and James first met in 1965 on a grade school playground in Santa Barbara, California, and discovered that they shared a similar offbeat sense of humor. They have marked the stages of life together with comic books and ping-pong marathons, dreams of kissing the perfect girl and becoming rock stars, college hijinks and geographical relocations, through buying homes, raising children, and earning some gray hairs along the way. They are, forty years later, still best friends.