About the Author
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.