Leading therapist & counselor in Bozeman Montana MBSR, Mindfulness-Based Compassion, meditation, Mindfulness coach, psychotherapist, Bozeman counseling, adult & couples psychotherapy, relationship, marital counseling, international mindfulness expert, self-care expert, lecturer, educator

 

John Christopher, Ph.D

 

Treat The Cause Not The Symptom

 
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Psychotherapy, Coaching & Research

Psychologist & Mind-Body Expert John Chamber Christopher, Ph.D

DR. JOHN CHAMBERS CHRISTOPHER IS A licensed PSYCHOlogist, CONSULTANT, AND Executive COACH, AND AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED EXPERT IN MINDFULNESS, WELL-BEING, AND SELF-CARE WORKING WITH INDIVIDUALS, COUPLES AND ORGANIZATIONS. As a Scholar and teacher, John provides consultation to corporations and businesses, health care agencies, higher education and schools, to bring the practice of body-centered mindfulness into these settings to enhance performance and creativity, promote resilience and self-care, and prevent burnout and stress-related illness.

As an expert in mind-body medicine and stress management and a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist in Bozeman Montana, John has been teaching mindfulness for over 25 years and has maintained his own daily practice of meditation and yoga for 35 years. Additionally, he brings over 15 years of experience practicing qigong to his practice of integrative medicine with his clients. In his Bozeman Montana psychotherapy, consultation and mindfulness coaching practice with individuals and couples, John draws on psychodynamic, interpersonal principles and attachment-focused interventions combined with the latest research on neuropsychology and developmental psychology. In 1998 he began teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and training counselors and psychotherapists on how to use mindfulness practices in the service of self-care. As a mindfulness expert, he has extensive training in a number of body-centered or somatic practices including Focusing, Hakomi, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). Dr. Christopher provides mindfulness, self-care practices and stress reduction/management coaching for individuals and organizations in Montana and via Skype.

Education

  • PhD The University of Texas: Counseling Psychology (1992)

  • MEd Harvard: Counseling & Consulting Psychology (1987)

  • AB The University of Michigan: The Psychological & Philosophical Foundations of Culture (1984)

Clinical Expertise

Interpersonal and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Adults and Couples, Mindfulness, Stress Reduction, Self-Care, Mind-Body Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Biofeedback, Hakomi, Focusing, Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Meditation Support 

Scholarly Expertise

Well-Being, Mindfulness, Self-Care, Ethical Development, Multiculturalism, Psychotherapy Training, Health Psychology, Cultural Psychology, Theoretical & Philosophical Psychology, Developmental Psychology

As a teacher, John pioneered the application of mindfulness to counselor training and provides professional supervision to early career counselors and psychologists. His innovative graduate counseling class Mind-Body Medicine and the Art of Self-Care was featured in the American Counseling Association's Counseling Today magazine. His research articles and publications on applying mindfulness are highly cited and appear in The Journal of Counseling & Development, Mindfulness, The Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Counseling and Psychotherapy Research, The Journal of Mental Health Counseling, and The Teachers College Record. With a focus on the mind-body connection, his healing approach expertly weaves his experiences from studying with teachers, traditional healers, and shamans in Bali, India, Thailand, Mexico, and the United States with years of training and therapy and over thirty years of his own theoretical scholarship, forming a unique framework for his psychotherapy practice. For over twenty years he has assisted health care professionals and the general public in cultivating self-care and preventing burnout.

Dr. John Christopher specializes in therapy that integrates the latest findings in developmental and cognitive science with mindfulness, body-centered therapies, and interpersonal/attachment-focused interventions. John works with patients who struggle with a broad range of emotional, behavioral and medical issues, including chronic pain, to help them develop awareness of their internal states and more effectively work with their emotions, lessen their stress response, improve interpersonal relations, and ultimately improve their immune function.

In addition to being licensed in Montana, Vermont, and New Hampshire (inactive), John is a National Registrant of Health Service Psychologists and has a Certificate of Professional Qualification from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. Dr. John Christopher provides personal one-on-one counseling psychotherapy, coaching and consultation in his office located in Bozeman, Montana or worldwide via the internet or telephone. John Christopher, Ph.D also provides mindfulness-based coaching to individuals and offers Mindfulness Practice Routines and meditations for the general public on Youtube.

Services Offered

Psychotherapy

As a Psychotherapist working with individuals and couples, I work with people struggling with a variety of concerns and problems to help them cope more effectively in today's challenging

Consultation

Wellness and Mindfulness-based Consultation for organizations, businesses, health care agencies, universities, and schools. I consult internationally to help organizations …

Coaching

Mindfulness focused coaching for wellness, stress management, and resilience. I tailor programs to meet your unique needs and lifestyle. My goal is to be flexible and responsive as...

Research

Research and scholarship on well-being, moral and ethical development, self-care, resilience, and cultural sensitivity. My research is interdisciplinary in nature and I pursue themes that …

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Mindfulness & Meditation Practice Routines

Meet John

Before going into psychotherapy private practice full-time, John was a Professor for 23 years at Dartmouth, the University of Washington, Montana State University, and the University of Guam. In 2012 and 2013 John was a Fulbright Scholar in India and a Visiting Professor at The University of Delhi. John is a founder of the Bozeman Center for Mindfulness and Mindful Self-Care and currently provides consultationto corporations and businesses, health care agencies, higher education and schools, bringing the practice of mindfulness into these settings to enhance performance and creativity, promote resilience and self-care, and prevent burnout and stress-related illness.

John is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a Past-President of the Society of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (a Division of the APA). John is also a Fellow of the Mind & Life Institute. He was a founding member of the Mind & Life Institute’s Ethics, Education and Human Development Project to develop a pedagogy and curriculum to promote the Dalai Lama’s vision of teaching ethics in the schools.

Scholarly Contributions

As a scholar, John’s work spans the fields of health psychology, cultural psychologytheoretical and philosophical psychology, and developmental psychology. The author of over 60 articles and chapters, he has written on the cultural, moral, and ontological underpinnings of theories of psychological well-being, moral development, and psychotherapy.  John is the recipient of the 2003 Sigmund Koch Early Career Award by the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He also received Montana State University’s top research award, The Wiley Award. Most meaningful to John is the Bozeman Peacemaker Award for which his students nominated him. His scholarly work appears in the leading journals in psychology and counseling and he has guest edited special issues of the journals Theory & Psychology and The Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. His recent article “Critical Cultural Awareness” was the lead article in a recent issue of The American Psychologist, the flagship journal of the APA. John is also on the editorial boards of The Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical PsychologyThe Journal of Humanistic PsychologyCounseling & SpiritualityThe International Journal of Spirituality, and The Annals of Yoga and Physical Therapy.

His Inspiration

For over thirty John has been bridging traditions: science and spirituality, and Western and non-Western healing traditions. To gain perspective on American society, he has traveled extensively to study indigenous practices of healing in non-Western cultures. In 2012-2013 he was a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in India where he focused on Indian indigenous psychology. His scholarly research has also included participant observation in various forms of mindfulness training as well as fieldwork with traditional healers and shamans. John has spent over twenty years learning from Balinese shamans and was initiated as a balian by Jero Tapakan and Jero Kobayan. These experiences have provided John a vantage point to observe what is presupposed in Western understandings of health and have expanded his training in practices that are increasingly being integrated into behavioral medicine. He brings these perspectives into his teaching as well, emphasizing how Western views of the self can obscure how we are embedded in socio-political-economic practices that have consequences for health. Focusing on consumerism, health disparities, social determinants of health, he helps others understand how working downstream with patients will never solve the deeper structural problems that contribute to mental illness and health disparities. He sees this broader program of work as critical for promoting health across our society and avoiding the pitfalls of looking at health in solely individualistic terms, such as focusing on individual health risk factors.

Contact Me

Thank you for contacting me. To make an appointment for psychotherapy, coaching and consultation or mindful SELF-CARE, MBSR groups in the Bozeman Montana area or online, Please email me here or use the form below so that we can explore how we might work together. YOU MAY ALSO REACH ME BY PHONE OR TEXT (406) 548-8571.

 

 
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My Office In Bozeman, Montana

1946 Stadium Drive, #2
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Additional offerings & Practice Information

Research

My research is interdisciplinary in nature. I pursue themes that I first addressed through an undergraduate major I designed at the University of Michigan entitled The Psychological and Philosophical Foundations of Culture. As a social scientist, my passion is in exploring how culture shapes the self, identity, meaning, moral development and psychological well-being. Much of my scholarly work attempts to examine Western psychology from a cross-cultural and historical perspective. I have been particularly interested in how Western assumptions about the nature of the person, or self, and the good life, underlie Western psychological theories, research, and practice. In particular, I have examined how individualism influences a variety of psychological fields.

Most of my current research considers the limitations of current understandings of positive psychology and psychological well-being and explores the nature of psychological well-being in non-individualistic cultures. Other areas that I have addressed include moral development, character education, and psychotherapy. I have spent a considerable amount of time studying indigenous psychological traditions in non-Western cultures. This has included participant observation in various forms of mindfulness training as well as fieldwork learning from traditional healers and shamans. This research has provided me with a vantage point from which to get more clarity about what is presupposed in Western understanding of well-being, but has also expanded my training in methods that are increasingly being used in behavioral medicine. I see this program of work as critical for the practice of counseling and psychotherapy in general and for working with clients of differing ethnic backgrounds and international clients in particular. Moreover, it has implications for related fields such as public health, health promotion/education, character education, and personality and developmental psychology.

More recently my focus has been developing alternative notions of the self and of well-being that aim to transcend many of the conceptual limitations of much of current theory and research. While this work has been over twenty-five years in the making, it has only been in the past five that I have been able to integrate the two main strains in my intellectual formation – philosophical hermeneutics and interactivism – into what I see as a compelling framework.

One area where I’ve applied my theoretical work is in mind/body medicine and stress management which I’ve been teaching over 25 years. I bring over 30 years of experience practicing meditation and yoga and 15 years practicing qigong to the practice of integrative medicine. I have been pioneering the application of mindfulness to counselor training. My graduate counseling class “Mind-Body Medicine and the Art of Self-Care” was recently featured in article in Counseling Today, the monthly magazine of the American Counseling Association. My research articles on using mindfulness practices in the training of counselors appears in the Journal of Counseling & DevelopmentThe Journal of Humanistic Psychology, and The Teachers College Record. The 2006 article “Teaching self-care through mindfulness practices: The application of yoga, meditation and qi gong to counselor training” is currently listed on the Journal of Humanistic Psychology’s website as its most frequently read article.

I have attempted to publish my work in a variety of journals. Some, like the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology and Theory & Psychology,  I chose because they allow me to pursue the furthest reaches of my conceptual work. Other outlets, such as The American Psychologist, The Journal of Counseling and Development and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, and Training I chose because I am deeply committed to making theoretical psychology practically meaningful to practioners and bridging the divide that can sometimes exist between theoretical scholarship and the actual practice of psychotherapy and counseling.

Professional Supervision

John Christopher, Ph.D provides professional supervision to psychologists and counselors helping them integrate mind-body practices into their work with clients. He provides Doctoral and Master's level supervision for students who are accruing hours towards becoming a psychologist or licensed professional counselor (LPC or LCPC) in the state of Montana. As an expert in mind-body medicine and stress management and a practitioner and teacher of Mindfulness and yoga for over 30 years, John is able to help newly licensed counselors integrate mind-body or somatic therapies into their counseling work. He has been supervising students since 1991 and creates a safe space for them to learn how to work with their emotional reactions and internal experience. In his 20+ years as a professor, he pioneered the application of mindfulness to counselor training in his graduate counseling class “Mind-Body Medicine and the Art of Self-Care” and was featured in the American Counseling Association’s Counseling Today magazine. Before going into private practice full-time, Dr. Christopher was a Professor for 23 years at Dartmouth, the University of Washington, Montana State University, and the University of Guam. He has a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas, a Masters in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard, and an honors independent major at the University of Michigan. Please contact him for information about supervision needs.

Clinical Expertise  

  • Mindfulness training, MBSR, self-care and well-being 
  • Adult individual psychotherapy
  • Couples therapy, marital and relationship counseling,pre-marital counseling 
  • Divorce, separation and infidelity
  • Anxiety expertise, stress reduction support, emotion regulation
  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Chronic pain, insomnia and medical concerns
  • Spirituality and self-growth
  • Self-esteem concerns
  • Transitions, life challenges and coping skills
  • Stress, trauma, abuse and PTSD
  • Sexuality and identity concerns
  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual
  • Professional supervision, college students and career 
  • Codependency concerns
  • Anger management 
  • Attachment difficulties and family of origin issues
  • Grief, bereavement and loss
  • Mindfulness expertise for business and organizations
  • Health care professionals, burnout prevention
  • Men's issues