#227 – Reclaiming Your Real Self with Rick Johnson

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Dr. Rick Johnson has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from New Mexico State University as well as masters and post-masters training in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. He is currently associate professor and department chair of Counselor Education at Portland State University. Previously, he was an assistant/associate professor at Montana State University. Rick’s research and scholarly agenda focuses on family systems theory and the effects of family experiences on psychosocial development in adolescence and adulthood as well as the integration of psychological and spiritual health. His research has led to over 20 published articles in professional journals. He recently published a book, Reclaiming Your Real Self: A Psychological and Spiritual Integration (2009). To purchase the book, visit amazon.com and search “Reclaiming Your Real Self.”

Rick is a Licensed Psychologist in Oregon, and a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He maintains an active private practice in the Portland Oregon area, focusing on couples and family therapy, as well as individual adult psychotherapy. His theoretical orientation is an integration of family systems, relational psychodynamic, and humanistic/existential. In working with couples, he integrates differentiation-based models, Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy, and Gottman’s research. Areas of clinical expertise include relational issues, divorce, childhood trauma, family addiction issues, depression, anxiety, and spirituality. Rick also provides post-masters and post-doctoral clinical supervision for psychologists, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists.

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  1. Janet G. Jarzyna
    Posted January 1, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    I am follower of Rick Johnson and so enjoy listening to his comments and reflections..I always get inspired and re-energized to continue my life\\\’s work and purpose. He is so life affirming and easy to learn from.

  2. body mind spirit
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    The mind experiences life through the body, the body cannot live without the mind. It can be seen as a symbiont relationship, a duality (which everything exists as) or as one. But that is more a subjective matter, the fact is they can’t live without the other (atleast in this world)

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