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root /ro͞ot/ noun: the basic cause, source, or origin of something.

For fifteen years Eddie and Judy started, developed, and ran a therapeutic and spiritual retreat center in South Louisiana.

THE PARISH HERMITAGE was situated on 24 acres and the format integrated therapy, hospitality, nature and spiritual disciplines.

In September of 2014 the format of the Parish Hermitage shifted away from the retreat center to where Eddie and Judy either traveled to people’s cities and spaces or people came to visit them to facilitate healing, freedom, maturation and transformation to individuals, couples and families.  In January of 2019 Eddie and Judy bought a home and located in New Orleans. New Orleans offers an ideal setting for the flourishing of the roots of Parish Life Therapy.

They have two children, Bristol, who was born in June of 1992 and graduated college from NYU and is currently working and living in New York City . Their son, Arizona, who was born in November of 1994 graduated from Abilene Christian University and is currently living and working in Atlanta.



Dr. Parish has a Masters from Abilene Christian University and Ph.D. from Florida State University in Marriage and Family Therapy. Eddie is a clinical fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Parish was an Assistant Professor at Bowling Green State University and was an Associate Professor at Abilene Christian University. In addition he had successful private practices in Bowling Green Ohio and Abilene Texas. Furthermore, Eddie served as a Youth Minister and a Family Minister and Family Therapist at two separate churches.



Judy has her Bachelors in Elementary Education and has taught at public schools in Texas and Florida. She earned her Montessori diploma and taught at schools in Ohio and Louisiana. She was a full-time mother and co-founder of the Parish Hermitage Inc.