gary a johnson
licensed professional counselor
4410 arapahoe ave, suite 205, boulder, co 80303 | 720. 545.4073
hold me tight® (hmt) workshop for couples
the next HMT Workshop is planned for Spring, 2019 in Boulder, CO
Hold Me Tight® Workshop Info & Registration
For 30 years as a counselor, my goal has been to provide a trustworthy, caring, and supportive relationship that helps you work toward significant change with renewed confidence and hope.
I work with individuals and couples to help them achieve greater clarity about their challenges and to establish effective strategies for lasting change. With couples I use the empirically validated approach of Emotionally Focused Therapy to help them break patterns of disconnection and emotional distance and create relationships that are close, satisfying, and life-giving.
I routinely work with individuals and couples who seek to contextualize counseling within their Christian faith journey.
My work with individuals often focuses on the important patterns of attachment and their underlying longings, emotions, and values. I help individuals understand the ways these are accessed in the distress or uncertainty of major life events, transitions, or in conflicted relationships, so they can respond with integrity and live meaningful and satisfying lives.
A segment of my work explores the meaning and spiritual significance of one’s challenges within the larger arc of their life before God.
My fee is $130 per 50 minute session.
My goal is to help couples deepen their connection by strengthening the security and resiliency of their relationship. This begins by recognizing the way a couple’s pattern of interaction can restrict the very thing they want most when conflict and intense emotions arise. I coach couples to develop close and caring patterns of relating while addressing important underlying concerns, and help them effectively resolve hurt feelings and break habitual patterns of conflict.
I frequently use the proven approach of Emotionally Focused Therapy in my work with couples.
My fee is $130 per 50 minute session.
Two coaching experiences to choose from
A 5-hour intensive for upper division college students, graduates, and young professionals
REVEAL clarifies your life purpose and calling and creates a deeply personal life plan that reflects your unique passions and aspirations, inspires you each day, and guides your critical choices.
Step 1: Discern Your Giftedness
Inventory your current pursuits and desires in 5 key domains
Assess your personal strengths
Identify and understand your Spiritual Gifts
Step 2: Clarify Your Calling
Analyze the way your accomplishments reveal your innate talents and performance
Picture the dynamic relationship between your spiritual gifts, strengths, and skills
Express your sense of call in a clear and compelling way
Step 3: Focus Your Life
Craft a living description of your identity, calling, and purpose
Create a specific strategy to pursue your personal vision
Establish initiatives that accelerate the fulfillment of your life
The REVEAL coaching fee is $500.
A 2-day intensive for personal and vocational clarity
The LifePlan™ process was created by nationally renowned business consultant and strategist Tom Paterson. At the end of the two-day experience, you walk away with a custom-tailored blueprint that delineates your “total-life” strategy and the specific steps you will take to see it realized.
Step 1: Personally Guided Comprehensive Paterson Diagnostic
Identify and affirm your unique giftedness and purpose
Renew your perspective of how your past is prologue to your future
Clarify your sense of call
Step 2: Craft your detailed LifePlan™
A detailed strategy consistent with your values and expressing your passions and dreams
Aligning your work with your vocation
Develop specific next steps in five crucial life domains
The Personal LifePlan™ fee is $1900. A Couple's LifePlan™ fee is $2400.
Gary is a native of Colorado, and while completing his Environmental Design degree at CU he deepened his love of the outdoors through climbing and backpacking. He entered graduate school to study theology and psychology, and earned a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Counseling from Denver Seminary. He then worked in a co-occuring treatment hospital, developing their outpatient program before taking the position of Associate Pastor of Counseling at First Presbyterian Church of Boulder. While there he became Licensed as a Professional Counselor and ordained as a Presbyterian minister, serving that and a congregation in Kansas for nearly 20 years.
Since then he has been trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy and certified as a LifePlan™ facilitator. He also earned a Doctorate of Ministry from Fuller Seminary with an emphasis in historic Christian spirituality. Gary brings a unique combination of gifts, skills, and experience to his work as therapist and life coach, and he welcomes the opportunity to be of help to you.
International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
Boulder Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy
Colorado State Licensed Professional Counselor
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Externship & Core Skills, Alliant University/ICEEFT
LifePlan Certified Facilitator, The Paterson Center
Spiritual Director, Pecos Benedictine School for Spiritual Directors
PREP Trained Facilitator
Advisor, ZoeScore Pre- and Marital Inventory