"He is truly a philosopher and wordsmith and greatly revered in the field of
mental health and child welfare."
- Sharon Roszia, author, Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency
Randolph Severson,Ph.D., is a therapist and author, whose writings comprise an effort toward a “Roots Psychology,” an effort to get to the root of the things that matter—the things that matter at least to him: Soul, Family, Religion, Culture, History, Tradition, Ambition, Honor; and, to speak them in a manner true to his roots. Severson grew up in Oak Cliff, Dallas, with family roots deep in East Texas, coming over from Mississippi before the Revolution. That is, he speaks a language Biblical- and Blues-oriented, a blend of Shakespeare and the classics, the courtroom and the pulpit, the local politician thundering on the stump, and the Revival Preacher beneath the tent on a hot summer’s evening, beneath the stars, beside a gurgling creek whose fireflies, whippoorwills, and croaking frogs provide a background and a chorus. The touchstone for his work has always been James Hillman, whose example, guidance, and inspiration to “think on these things” and to speak it in a native tongue is, among the great psychologists, unrivaled.
… leaving no room in his workshop for anything but the old verities, the truths of the heart, the the old universal truths ….. love and honor and pride and pity and compassion and sacrifice.