Douglas Johns LCSW, Marriage & Family Therapy in Portland, Oregon, 97209

Douglas Johns


Douglas Johns


Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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811 NW 20th Ave
Suite 304
Portland, Oregon 97209

My Approach to Helping

First and foremost I listen. Collaborative Couple Therapy is a process of continuous deep listening by the therapist. I want to understand as deeply as I can what you and your partner experience individually in your relationship.

Listening in this way is a skill that goes beyond simple spoken word and only stops when therapy ends. I become aware of your unique style of communicating and relating with your partner and I routinely request your feedback on what I experience to confirm and refine my understanding. I want you to feel understood and accepted by me as I simultaneously help guide you to express your authentic experience in ways that build connection and intimacy with your partner. As I collaborate with both of you in the present moment, I am also demonstrating how you may collaborate with each other.

Collaborative Couple Therapy is a structure for turning disagreement and arguments into intimate conversations that strengthen your loving connection. Within that process I want you both to experience my respect, supportive curiosity, and acceptance for your unique experiences. Our collaboration becomes a learned experience for you and your partner to collaborate on your own, even when the conversation feels risky or painful.

More Info About My Practice

Please call me with any questions you have. I prefer to speak by phone with potential clients so that we can both decide if I will be a good fit for working with you. I do not email clients. My website is also a good place to find more in-depth information for how I work with couples.

My Therapy Focus

The focus of my work is on your relationship; that's the third entity that you and your partner bring into the consulting room. (More on that in a moment.) I help individuals in that relationship to grow in two specific ways: 1. By learning how to identify, take responsibility for, and self-attend to emotions that may interfere with enjoying the relationship (which I describe as healthy 'differentiation') and 2. Learning how to structure intimate conversations that allow for disagreement, even painful topics, and still nurture emotional safety and connection ("Collaborative Couple Therapy"). These are not skills most of us grew up witnessing from our parents but they can be learned.

When two individuals learn how to differentiate from each other in healthy ways and intimately ('transparently') reveal themselves to one another from a collaborative (non-defensive) perspective, the relationship feels connecting, trusting, and confident. Intimacy thrives when two hearts experience such confidence. I like to say that there is a wisdom in your relationship, and an understanding of yourself, that you might never learn without your partner.

Services I Provide

  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Breakup
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Depression
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Collaborative Couple Therapy (CCT)
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Transactional Analysis
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