Douglas Johns

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I am a relationship therapy specialist; I only work with couples. I teach skills and provide tools anchored within two complementary concepts: collaborative conversations and differentiation. I also provide online video telehealth therapy for couples.


  • Couples Therapy
  • Couples Therapy

My Approach

Collaborative Couple Therapy structures intimate conversations that enable couples to maintain emotional connection during painful interactions. These skills are foundational to healthy relationships. Differentiation (as described by David Schnarch, Ph.D.) is the ability to 'self-soothe' when painful interactions tempt you to angrily blame your partner and/or surrender your innate strength and resiliency. It sometimes takes courage to maintain emotional presence and connection in relationship. Remaining present means you relate with both the pleasure and the pain in the relationship. In so doing you cultivate intimacy with yourself and learn to compassionately soothe your own hurt feelings. Cultivating differentiation and practicing collaborative and intimate conversations encourages you and your partner to grow individually and as a couple.

My Background

As a couple therapy specialist I devote my entire practice and professional life to understanding what skills make relationships strong and joyful. My specific methodology is called Collaborative Couple Therapy (CCT) originated by Dan Wile, Ph.D. Since 2013 I have more than sixty hours of ongoing and continuing training in CCT through direct mentorship from and collaboration with Dan Wile who lives in Oakland, California. Because I believe so strongly in CCT, I regularly fly down to Oakland to train with Dan. I will bring that same level of commitment to my work with you. John Gottman, Ph.D., the leader in researching what makes good marriages good has written that Dan Wile is a “genius” and that CCT is consistent with his research findings for couples counseling. I am also informed by David Schnarch’s description of ‘differentiation’, by depth training in Existential Psychotherapy, and by many years of training in and practice of Brief-Solution Focused Therapy.

Insurance Plans Accepted

  • Out of Network


  • 503-252-3739
  • Website
  • 811 NW 20th Ave., Suite 304
    Portland, OR 97209
  • Second Office Address:
  • Online Video Couples Therapy

At a Glance

  • Experience: 22 Year(s) of Practice
  • Neighborhood: Northwest
  • Rate: $150-150/session

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