John’s Training

2016: Advanced training in the PACT approach to couples therapy as well as Gottman Method couples therapy

2013 to 2014: Invited to be 1 of 12 couple therapists worldwide to serve on the founding faculty of the PACT Institute. Core Faculty training, Calabasas, CA, 2014

2009 to present: In depth study with couples therapist, author and researcher Dr. Stan Tatkin of the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Tatkin’s work is at the leading edge of relationship science, applying modern neurobiology to our understanding of partner interactions

2007-present: Numerous professional trainings in attachment theory, group psychotherapy, interpersonal neurobiology, and current approaches to counseling including Gottman Method couples therapy and the work of Drs. Pat Ogden, Steve Porges, Sue Johnson, Dan Siegel, Alan Schore, Diana Foscha and Steve Finn among others. Dr. John Gottman is considered the world’s top scientific researcher in the area of relationships and has conducted extensive long-term studies on what makes relationships healthy and successful

2011-2013: John provided psychotherapy services at Austin-area clinics including Capital Area Counseling, the Austin Family Institute and an eating disorder clinic. Work included support groups, the treatment of anxiety, depression, bipolar depression, mood and personality disorders, as well as group process, therapy in Spanish, eating disorders and anger management.

2009-2011: M.A. in Counseling with a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy, St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX

2007-2012: Holistic healing private practice. Energy healing, mindfulness, couples work, Gestalt and visualization, Austin, TX

2004-2006: B.A., University of Texas at Austin

2002-2004: Pre-Medical studies, University of Iowa, Iowa City

2000-2002: Holistic healing private practice. Energy healing, mindfulness, couples work, Gestalt and visualization, Napa Valley, CA

1995-2002: John trained with indigenous peoples in several cultures learning holistic and shamanic methods of healing and growth. He also spent years studying and working with well-known medical doctors who were incorporating energy healing and intuitive medicine in their practices


— Sampling of Professional Trainings Attended: —

Does Your Relationship Come First? The Secrets of Secure Functioning Relationships. Dr. Stan Tatkin. Austin, TX. October, 2016.

Attachment, Regulation and Intimacy: Deepening Your Understanding of Relationships & Couples Therapy. Dr. Stan Tatkin. Austin, TX. October, 2016.

Attachment, Trauma & Intimacy Conference. Dr. Diane Poole-Heller, Amir Levine, Maggie Phillips, Richard Schwartz and others. Focus on trauma treatment, including Somatic Experiencing clinical application and demos, as well as understanding and working with attachment styles and disruptions. Boulder, CO. April, 2016.

“Exploring the Triple Flame: Attachment, Intimacy and Sexuality” Esther Perel. AustinINConnection, Austin, TX, Nov, 2014

“The Heart of Health & Transformation: Principles of Psychological Well-Being” Daniel Siegel, MD. AustinINConnection, Austin, TX, April, 2014

“Was the Buddha an IFS Therapist?” Richard Schwartz, PhD and Flint Sparks, PhD. Integrating the Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy model with spiritual models of change. Austin, TX, February, 2014

“Recovery from Trauma: The Role of Intimate Partners & Families” Don Catherall, PhD. AustinINConnection, Austin, TX, August, 2013

“Belonging as a Healing Factor in Group Psychotherapy” J. Scott Rutan, PhD, CGP, FAGPA. Austin Group Psychotherapy Society, April 2013

“Working with Shame in Psychotherapy and Psychological Assessment” Stephen E. Finn, PhD. 2-day workshop. Dec 2012

“Bridging Interpersonal Neurobiology into the Room: What we See and What we Do” Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, LMFT. 2-day workshop. Oct, 2012

“Transformation Through Persistent Attunement: Defense Restructuring and Repairing Trauma” Diana Fosha, PhD. 2-day workshop. AEDP Third Coast, Jan 2011

“Affective Neuroscience in the Clinical Hour” Allan Schore, PhD. Schore Study Group, July, 2010

“Sensorimotor Psychotherapy” Pat Ogden, PhD. 2-day workshop. Austin IN Connection, June, 2010

“Deepening the Connection: The Body in Psychotherapy” Barbara Davis, LCSW. AIC, April, 2010

“Excitement, Sexuality, and the Omnipotent Child” Stewart Aledort, M.D., GCP, FAGPA. Austin Group Psychotherapy Society, 2009

“The Psychobiology of Attachment” Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT. AustinINConnection, 2009