Change Is The Only Constant
Douglas Johns, LCSW
Portland, Oregon

About Douglas Johns, MSW, LCSW

Thank you for your interest in my private practice. Since 1984 when I began volunteering on a crisis phone hotline I have continued to work directly with people in some capacity. I was an Outward Bound Instructor for one year teaching mostly teenagers about self-reliance in the wilderness. I've spent a lot of time assisting homeless adults and counseling homeless and runaway teenagers. I also managed a homeless family shelter for one year. Service to people makes sense to me.

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from Lewis and Clark College (1985) here in Portland and I earned my Master of Social Work Degree (MSW) from Portland State University in 1992. I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) since 1998. That same year I started a small private practice while working part-time with teenagers and their families in Vancouver, Washington. Over the years I have also worked in community mental health clinics with adults and adolescents, with youth offenders inside juvenile detention, as a clinical supervisor in adolescent inpatient treatment and as a middle school social worker assisting students and families. All along I maintained a small private psychotherapy practice until 2004 when my practice went full-time.

In 2002 I began formal study of Zen Buddhism. It has radically changed my life. Zen is literally the Way of Compassion. Zen means "meditation." Combined with my practice of Existential Psychotherapy methods, meditation is a profound practice for cultivating
self-compassion. Both disciplines place emphasis on people learning to deeply experience their lives with authenticity, friendliness and appreciation.

Thank you again for your interest in my private practice.

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