Meet Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson is in full-time private practice as a psychotherapist in individual, group, and marital counseling. His formal education includes a BA in Sociology from the University of Washington in 1961, a Masters in Social Work from that university in 1966, and a Ph.D. in Professional Psychology from the United States International University in San Diego, California in 1975. He is licensed in the state of California as a licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Dr. Johnson has worked as a psychotherapist for over 35 years. He was employed at Dewitt State Hospital, a facility under the California State Department of Mental Hygiene for four years while working in a Community Mental Health Clinic for a year-and-a-half of that time. He was associated with Thomas A. Harris, M.D., the author of “I'm OK Your OK." For six years, he served the majority of that time as the Program and Clinical Direct for the Harris Institute of Transactional Analysis. When Dr. Harris retired, Dr. Johnson took over Dr. Harris's practice.
For the next eight years, he managed that practice and concurrently worked as the Staff Psychologist in an intense, in-hospital chemical dependent treatment center which was called the Care Unit. These experiences have aided in giving Dr. Johnson a rich background working with a variety of clients in a number of settings. He is currently dividing his time between his private practice, lecturing, presenting workshops, and consulting.
He is skilled in a number of therapeutic techniques. In addition to his rich background in Transactional Analysis, he has trained with such psychotherapists as Viktor Frankl, Everett Shostrom, George Bach Sidney Jourard, and Harold Greenwald. Since 1995, he has focused much of his training on couples therapy, has trained with the Harville Hendrick Healing Couples approach, and is certified as an Imago therapist. He has also trained with other leaders in the field to include John Gottman, Peter Pearson, and Ellyn Bader. He uses material which he has learned from others and integrates this with insights and applications he has developed.
Craig has worked with colleagues and has co-created and co-presented a variety of workshops for committed couples. These applications have had a positive result for a wide variety and range of couples with a variety of issues. He has been married to Joanne for 40 years and they have three adult children.