ABOUT

Therapist, Educator, Community Leader

About 2017-06-15T14:15:42+00:00

DR. JOHN “JACK” CROSSEN

APPROACH

Portland couples counselor and therapist Dr. Crossen wants to become an unnecessary part of his clients’ lives.

“I want to become ‘obsolete’ to the couple,” Dr. Crossen says. “My commitment is to provide clear strategies that relate directly to the couples’ goals, and then help them acquire the behavior patterns necessary for sustaining a loving, emotionally close relationship without me.”

The process of reaching toward that objective can be a long road, one that  may include relapse. Through his clinic, Couples Doing Better, Dr. Crossen provides a holistic array of personalized services to aid couples on their journey toward a better, more fulfilling love and to mitigate setbacks.

“In my office and workshops, couples learn to demonstrate positive relationship skills and develop a sense of closeness,” the marriage expert says. “But they need a period of time in the real-world – in their homes and daily interactions – to put what they have absorbed to practice. I believe follow-up and periodic assessments of their relationship are necessary components of a holistic plan.”

The strategies and personalized treatment plans improve relationships, Dr. Crossen says, and couples eventually realize: “Hmmm … We don’t need him anymore.”

“To me, that is success,” he says.

DR. CROSSEN AND HIS WIFE KATHY

SPECIALTY

Dr. Crossen is the first Master Gottman Therapy Trainer in the Portland area, and has an extensive history of direct collaboration with Gottman Institute founders Drs. John and Julie Gottman, assisting at their Seattle workshops several times a year since 2007. His partnership with universities, counseling centers and private practices throughout the northwest region enable Dr. Crossen to provide services to a broad reach of therapists and couples alike.

Dr. Crossen’s passion for learning and helping couples spurred him to earn the highest level of Gottman certification. As of 2016, he is one of 25 therapists worldwide to earn a Master Gottman Couples Therapist certificate. But that distinction is not the end for Dr. Crossen.

A self-described “passionate learner of all things,” Dr. Crossen continues to work to acquire all available and up-to-date knowledge that will benefit couples. Dr. Crossen’s private therapy and workshops center around research and methods from The Gottman Institute, founded by Drs. John and Julie Gottman.

The Gottman Institute’s landmark investigations and creative data collection methods in the 1980s led to a deeper, clinical understanding of the patterns of interactions and behaviors of couples in happy, long-lasting relationships.

“The entire field of couples and marriage counseling underwent a re-boot,” Dr. Crossen says. “Previously, solid studies of beneficial approaches to working with couples did not exist. The Gottman findings led to the development of a practical and easy-to-understand model to build and sustain closeness, friendship and intimacy.”

SEEKING HELP WITH YOUR RELATIONSHIP?

DR. CROSSEN PROMISES TO –

  • Listen and interact with empathy and without judgement.
  • Ask clarifying questions and check with each partner to ensure accurate understanding.
  • Provide personalized treatment plans and flexible treatment processes.
  • Undergo a thorough assessment process.
  • Be guided by the principle that rich, effective relationships are possible for all couples regardless of gender, creed, color, ethnicity or income level.

SEEKING THERAPIST TRAINING & CERTIFICATION?

DR. CROSSEN PROMISES TO –

  • Achieve mutual understanding about your professional goals.
  • Share his expertise to guide you and help you achieve your goals.
  • Provide a post-assessment to ensure services have met your goals.
  • Offer further consultation, such as professional assistance and mentorship, as needed.

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