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About Doug
Couples counseling is my specialization and the sole focus of my private practice. In 2013 I had the great pleasure to meet and begin training with Dan Wile, Ph.D., the originator of Collaborative Couple Therapy. Since then I have traveled down to Oakland, California many times for ongoing training with Dan. I pledge to bring that same level of dedication to helping your relationship.
Douglas Johns LCSW Portland Oregon

I earned my Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree at Portland State University in 1992. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in private practice since 1998. My work with couples is grounded in family systems theory, in Dan Wile’s concept of intimate conversations, and in David Schnarch’s description of differentiation. I also have extensive training in Existential Psychotherapy and Brief-Solution Focused Therapy. I have been helping couples and families since 1993.

In my private life I have been a student of Zen Buddhism since 2002. My zen practice and daily meditation certainly inform my psychotherapy practice and I am open to speaking with clients about meditation and Buddhism if that is of interest to you. Buddhism is often thought of more as a psychology than a religion and it has a rich tradition and understanding for decreasing human suffering.

The following is a selected list of continuing education courses I have attended specifically relevant to couple therapy:
2017
  • 6/10/17 Dan Wile, Ph.D., Collaborative Couple Therapy Training Group, Oakland, CA
  • 5/6/17 Dan Wile, Ph.D., Collaborative Couple Therapy Training Group, Oakland, CA
  • 4/1/17 Gottman Institute Seven Principles Leader Training, Seattle, WA
  • 2/25/17 Dan Wile, Ph.D., Collaborative Couple Therapy Training Group, Oakland, CA
2016
  • 12/3/16 Dan Wile, Ph.D., Collaborative Couple Therapy Training Group, Oakland, CA
  • 10/26 - 10/27/16 Gottman Couples Therapy Two Day Workshop, Portland, OR
  • 10/7/16 Karlaina Brooke, PsyD, Couples, Dilemmas and Sex, Portland, OR
  • 9/24/16 Dan Wile, Ph.D., Collaborative Couple Therapy Training Group, Oakland, CA
  • 6/11/16 Dan Wile, Ph.D., Collaborative Couple Therapy Training Group, Oakland, CA
  • 5/7/16 Dan Wile, Ph.D., Collaborative Couple Therapy Training Group, Oakland, CA
  • 2/20/16 Dan Wile, Ph.D., Collaborative Couple Therapy Training Group, Oakland, CA
2015
  • 10/31/15 Dan Wile, Ph.D., Collaborative Couple Therapy Training Group, Oakland, CA
  • 5/9/15 Dan Wile, Ph.D., Collaborative Couple Therapy Training Group, Oakland, CA
  • 2/7/15 Dan Wile, Ph.D., Collaborative Couple Therapy Training Group, Oakland, CA
2014
  • 9/13/14 Dan Wile, Ph.D., Collaborative Couple Therapy Training Group, Oakland, CA
  • 1/18/14 Dan Wile, Ph.D., Collaborative Couple Therapy Training Group, Oakland, CA
2013
  • 11/23/13 Dan Wile, Ph.D., Collaborative Couple Therapy Training Group, Oakland, CA
  • 9/27 - 9/28/13 Dan Wile, Ph.D., Collaborative Couple Therapy Two Day Intensive, Portland, OR
2011
  • 10/14 - 10/16/11 David Schnarch, Ph.D., Two Day Workshop, Seattle, WA
  • 4/8/11 Les Greenberg, Ph.D., Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Portland, OR
2002
  • 1/25 - 1/26/02 John Gottman, Ph.D., Marital Therapy: A Researched Based Approach, Seattle, WA