Intellectual Learning Doesn't Cure People

Emotional Learning Does

James A. Howard III, M.D.

American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology

James A. Howard III, M.D. is a member of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is licensed to practice medicine in Georgia and Florida. He has been in private practice in the Atlanta, Georgia area for more than 30 years, specializing in adolescent and adult psychiatry. Dr. Howard’s hospital appointments include Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Northside Hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Ridgeview Institute.

In addition to his private practice, now located in Alpharetta, Georgia, Dr. Howard has been a clinical preceptor for the physician assistant program at Medical College of Georgia.

Dr. Howard
James A. Howard III, M.D.

Dr. Howard has worked with the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany to evaluate Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in holocaust victims currently living in Southeastern United States. His patients now include retired military personnel suffering from PTSD. As an avid sports enthusiast, Dr. Howard consulted with the Atlanta Hawks Professional Basketball Team for one season and worked with an Olympic hopeful cyclist in 1996, and an Atlanta Braves Player. He also volunteered at the Athletes Village during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. He has conducted corporate seminars in Stress Management for a major national telecommunications company based in Atlanta. Dr. Howard is presently working on a textbook on Short Term Dynamic Therapy. Prior to her death in 2012, Dr. Howard studied under the supervision of Leigh McCullough Vaillant, an associate clinical professor at Harvard Medical School who was a pioneer of short-term dynamic psychotherapy. At his private practice, he continues to offer psychotherapy to his patients as well as medical management.

Dr. Howard is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in History. He was a member of the Freshman Honors Society. In 1972, he graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical School. His postgraduate education includes a Residency in Psychiatry at Emory Medical School in Atlanta, Georgia. As a Resident, he was awarded the Hope Skobba Memorial award in 1975 for the best paper submitted by a resident in the State of Georgia. During his residency at Emory, he served as president of the Literary Club. Dr. Howard served as Chief of the Department of Psychiatry for two separate terms at Northside Hospital and Vice Chief of Psychiatry for one year. He was Secretary and Treasurer for the Medical Staff at Ridgeview Hospital from 1980-1981.

Professional Affiliations include Life Fellow, The American Psychiatric Association; Southern Medical Association, Southern Psychiatric Association; and Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association. Professional presentations include Is Psychotherapy Still Viable, SPA, Nashville, 2003; Psychiatry and Sports: American Medical Tennis Association, Palm Desert, California, March 2003; Short Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Mercer University School of Medicine, 2001. He lives in Atlanta with his family. His family includes his daughter, Presbyterian Minister, Rev. Nicole Howard Lock and Dianne, Cathy and Sean Wisner. He is an avid tennis player.

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treating a broad range of mental conditions

  • Sleep Disorders
  • Stress Management
  • Anger Management
  • Self-Esteem Concerns
  • Self-Image Problems
  • Marital & Relationship Conflicts
  • Emotional Pain
  • Sports Psychiatry
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Agoraphobia
  • Hypnosis
  • Bipolar Illness
  • Personality Disorders
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Issues
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Attention Deficit (ADD/ADHD)
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery Evaluations
  • Emotional Problems - Fear, Sadness, Loneliness


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  • Interactive Psychotherapy
  • Adolescent Therapy
  • Couples Session
  • Prescription Evaluation
  • Prescription Management
  • Family Session

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Our Practice

Dr. Howard
Dr. Howard and "Ranger"

I have been practicing psychiatry for over 30 years. As a psychiatrist, my goal is to help my patients find optimal wellness in life. By observing and listening, I can provide the right suggestions that will help you address the problems that may be preventing you from living a happy life.

Some people may think my practice is old fashioned but my procedures are modern and my applications are proven to work. I listen to what my patients say. This simple yet important step is often ignored by psychiatrists today as they often choose medication as a quick fix. I only prescribe medications when I’m confident that it will help my patients. Today, we see that many medications are available to treat and deal with emotional issues, but I believe that medicine is not always necessary. I realize that often times certain medicines have proven to play important roles in helping my patients feel better but I also recognize the many side effects we must acknowledge. As a doctor that adheres to the principles of true psychiatry, I firmly believe that all individuals can overcome the emotional obstacles of life. Plan your session with me today so we can begin the process of solving your problems.

In my practice, I analyze emotional and cognitive issues that often cause anxiety, depression, and the feelings of helplessness that can overwhelm our lives. As we navigate through the stresses in life, many people realize they need assistance. Through a process of self discovery, you can change your life in a positive way, you can take back control of your life, and you can make the changes in lifestyle that will bring you happiness. These processes can be challenging but never impossible. The relationships I build with my patients allow us to work through their issues and find the solutions they need. I have worked with many clients and each individual has a unique set of psychological and physical challenges. I believe we are able to discover our own power to overcome the emotional barriers that we encounter. I truly enjoy my sessions with individuals, couples, and even families. Our office is designed to create a comfortable environment that allows our patients to relax and discuss their problems. Our in-house assistant, Ranger, brings a warm welcome to many patients who feel his presence brings a calming effect. Along with our caring staff, we promise a setting that will be pleasing to all patients as we discover the methods to make your life good again.

Dr. Howard

Find the relief you deserve. Discover the solutions that will help you to live a happy life. Join Dr. Howard in a life-changing discussion that can show you the ways to solve the problems that bring you down.

Dr. Howard

Together we can discover the solutions that will help you live a happy and succesful life.