Don St John, Ph.D.

Don St John, Ph.D.

Professions: Psychotherapy, Coaching, Other
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Secondary Credential: Marriage and Family Therapist
Verified Credentials
1-800-651-8085 ext. 12822
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Graystone Office Bldg. 1174 E. 2760 S.
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Salt Lake City, Utah 84106 - United States
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I see psychotherapy as a process of facilitating your ability to locate within yourself the qualities you need to accomplish your goals. I believe that we are essentially fluid beings with the capacity to become quite resilient, to access strength, to recognize our uniqueness and lovability, and to establish and sustain nourishing, intimate relationships. I see my role as one who guides you towards recognizing those capacities in the present time in the context of our relationship. I believe "talking about" problems and issues has limited value. I believe we can directly access what we need in the here and now. If there is serious trauma or abuse history, we have to work slowly with a sensation based titrated approach as you gradually develop the capacity to tolerate experiencing your essential capacities.

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More Info About My Practice

My wife and I have recently moved to Salt Lake City from Seattle in order to be close to our family, especially our grandchildren. I am continuing to work because I love how my work continues to evolve. For the past forty + years, I have had a dual track career in psychotherapy and somatic therapy. I am certified in Somatic Experiencing. I am also a Continuum Movement teacher, and find this an extraordinary adjunct to psychotherapy. I have recently completed my first book, "Healing the Wounds of Childhood: A psychologist's journey and discoveries from wretched beginnings to a thriving life."
I do not bill insurance but happily give you the codes and receipts to bill your company. Many of my clients get reimbursed by their companies.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Working with people who have had trouble with intimate relationships. Why? Because in my very early adulthood, I failed miserably, and set out on a journey of learning how to be successful. My wife and I have been happily married for 27 years.I also work a great deal with trauma issues.

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

You can give a person a wonderful fish dinner, and they will be satisfied for an evening. Or you can teach a person to fish, and they will eat well for the rest of their lives. Learning to access our essential nature is learning how to fish.

How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist

My own history was one of severe physical and emotional abuse. It has been my life's work to discover what really helps not only "to recover" but to move beyond. I have found what it takes to love being in a body, which given where I started out, is a miracle.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Other

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I specialize in working with individuals who have not succeeded in establishing a satisfying, nourishing, intimate, committed relationship. Also, I specialize in working with people who have had a history of abuse and trauma. I am certified in Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing, a method designed to work with trauma.

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Body Image
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Dissociation
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Forgiveness
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Isolation
  • Men's Issues
  • Post Traumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Coherence Therapy / Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Continuum
  • Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Hakomi
  • Integrative Body Psychotherapy
  • Non-Violent Communication
  • Reichian Breathwork
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Voice Dialogue

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