John Porterfield MFT and Jungian Analyst, Marriage & Family Therapy in Sherman Oaks, California, 91403

John Porterfield

MFT and Jungian Analyst

John Porterfield

MFT and Jungian Analyst

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist, Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - MFC 35445
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Near Ventura & Sepulveda
in the San Fernando Valey.
Sherman Oaks, California 91403

My Approach to Helping

I'm a certified Jungian analyst and a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFC 33445), specializing in couples and individual counseling and psychoanalysis. My private practice is located in Sherman Oaks, California.

I have over 16 years of experience as a clinician, with expertise in individual and couples counseling. I focus on issues such as life transitions, personal growth and development, relationship challenges, anxiety, stress reduction, depression, gay and lesbian issues, grief and loss, Jungian analysis, voice dialogue, active imagination, and dream interpretation.

I also teach workshops on dream interpretation and personal growth. I'm a clinical supervisor, training analyst, and past president of the C.G. Jung Study Center of Southern California.

I'm interactive, practical, and focused on finding solutions. I offer support and practical feedback to help my clients address current problems, as well as long-standing patterns. I blend conventional and alternative approaches, drawing upon various styles and techniques. I believe in doing what works best for the client, sensitivity and compassionately helping each client build upon his or her strengths so he or she can achieve and identify clear goals.

More Info About My Practice

Do you need help with a troubled relationship? Can't seem to solve a problem? Need support moving toward your goals? I help couples and individuals develop effective solutions to address lingering problems. Together we'll help you overcome challenges that prevent you from moving toward your dreams.

I offer a caring, safe environment where you can fully express yourself - your conflicts and struggles, your needs and desires. You're free to be completely honest here, because it is honesty that helps you claim meaningful growth and development. I can offer you practical and useful tools for solving conflicts and problems, enabling you to get past that which holds you back, and move into a satisfying, fulfilling life where you feel appreciated and understood.

My experience means I can be direct and simple, as well as creative in my responses to your interests and needs. We all typically know, deep down, what we need. I pay attention to what you say and don't say, reflecting your inner wisdom back to you in a way that often feels liberating. Our work together makes your path seem clearer, and helps challenges to being your true self disappear.

My clients tell me they appreciate the warm, positive, enthusiastic, and caring approach I bring to therapy. I believe we can change ourselves in satisfying, fulfilling ways.

I encourage you to call me for a free phone consultation. I look forward to beginning our work together.

Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Parenting
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Depth Therapy
  • Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Dreamwork
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Voice Dialogue
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