Dr. David Johns approaches counseling from a holistic and wellness model. Using the interventions from a wide variety of counseling modalities and theories, he strives to highlight each client’s existing strengths and determination in order to facilitate client growth. This relationship-centered approach allows the client to recognize their emotional, relational, spiritual, cognitive, and physical experiences. When a client knows her or his own truth, then typically they are more equipped to grow, develop and change. David highlights the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of the client in order that the client may better understand himself or herself. David attends to the clues provided by the client to help the client move more consistently towards healing and well-being.
Having been trained in research methods, David uses evidence-based skills and interventions to help clients achieve their goals.
David works with individuals to build better relationship skills, create enthusiasm for life, and self-compassion. David works with people to understand and holistically address life situations such as depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, sexuality, relational trauma, communication skills, couples and relationships, spirituality, addictions/substance abuse and dual diagnoses.
Education Masters Degree in Counseling from Idaho State University (Mental Health emphasis) Doctorate in Counseling Education and Supervision from the University of Northern Colorado (Couples and Family emphasis)
License, Certifications & Awards Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Colorado Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC) in Colorado Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).
Additional Training David has been trained in the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Person-Centered Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and the Gottman’s Couple’s Method. He uses principles of these treatment modalities to provide the client an individualized counseling experience that provides insight, understanding, and growth opportunities. David believes that human interactions are the key to growth, and that through neuroplasticity clients can learn from and adapt to new experience. Simply stated, neuroplasticity is the brain's remarkable capacity to change and adapt. The brain is capable of adjusting and growing physiologically as a result of a client’s interactions with others, the self, and the environment. David’s therapeutic approach is to help facilitate new connections between brain cells to grow and reorganize thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that will aid the client to respond in a healthy and authentic manner to life’s demands.
Professional Activities and Memberships David also supervises clinicians, as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC), and having been trained at the doctorate level in supervision, he is qualified to supervise clinicians seeking supervision and consultation. Supervision and consultation can be arranged individually or in group sessions.
As former adjunct faculty member at Regis University, David has taught Master’s Level counseling students. He taught courses on Human Growth and Development, Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling, Substance Abuse, and Theories of Counseling.
A published author, David has peer-reviewed articles about religion and spirituality, research poetry, spirituality and sexuality, and couple’s counseling. In addition, David has presented at National Conferences including, the National Conference for the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, National Conference on LGBT Equality, and the Episcopal Service Corps. Regional presentations have been at the Colorado Counseling Association, Idaho Counseling Association Conference; Windcrest Corporation, Denver, CO; Touchstone Health Partners, Fort Collins; CO, Montview Presbyterian Church, Denver, CO; Wellshire Presbyterian Church, Denver CO; St. John’s Cathedral, Denver CO; and St. Michael’s Cathedral, Boise ID.
Dr. David Johns is available for individual and supervision work. He can be contacted at 303-642-6636 or [email protected]
(photo credit: Elaine Sauer)