Greg Johanson's background is in therapy as well as theology. Since moving to Oregon in 2010, he is Director of Hakomi Educational Resources as well as Director of the Grace Counseling Center of the Stayton United Methodist Church, a member of the American Psychological Association as well as the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and a research faculty dissertation advisor for the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology Ph.D. program, as well as the George Fox University Seminary D. Min. program.
Greg is a Founding Trainer and Certified Therapist of the Hakomi Institute who leads workshops and trainings throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, Japan, and Australia. When he moved to Chicago in 2005 he became Adjunct Faculty at Loyola Univ. Institute of Pastoral Studies, Northeastern Graduate Department of Counselor Education, and Columbia College Graduate Department of Dance & Movement Therapy. Previously, he was Clinical Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Central Connecticut State University where he taught Internal Family Systems work with Richard Schwartz, Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Counseling at Drew University where he taught Ethnicity and Family Therapy, and a lecturer in body-mind therapy at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. He also serves as editor of the Hakomi Forum, co-editor (with Ralph Cohen) of the Journal of Self Leadership, book review editor of the Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, and is on the editorial committees of the Journal of Pastoral Care, The Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association and The USA Body Psychotherapy Journal.
In 2005 he received retired status as a United Methodist Minister. He has over twenty-five years experience as a Pastoral Psychotherapist and Licensed Professional Counselor in mental health clinic, parish, college, and hospital settings. A particular integration he offers is a combination of Hakomi and Internal Family Systems methods for teaching Emotional Intelligence in business. He has a special interest in Integral Psychology, which relates spirituality to individual consciousness and behavior in the context of social and cultural issues.
He has been active in publishing. In 1984 he edited and contributed to two volumes of sermons on pastoral care themes, Feed My Sheep (Paulist Press) and Pastoral Care Issues in the Pulpit (C.S.S. Publishing Co.). His book Grace Unfolding: Psychotherapy in the Spirit of the Tao-te ching; (with Ron Kurtz) was published in 1991 by Bell Tower-Random House, and subsequently translated into German, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. His over onehundredfifty published items have appeared in a number of journals including Junction, Pulpit Resource, Pulpit Digest, Hakomi Forum, The Christian Ministry, New World Outlook, Challenge for Evangelism, The Clergy Journal, Lectionary Homiletics, Methodist History, Common Boundary, The Journal of Pastoral Care, The Journal of Pastoral Counselling, Contact: The Inter-disciplinary Journal of Pastoral Studies, The Journal of Pastoral Theology, The Journal of Self-Leadership, The Humanistic Psychologist, and The Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, and in various books including Innovative Interventions in Child & Adolescent Therapy by Schaffer, The Minister's Annual Manual by Houck, Hakomi Therapy by Kurtz., Theory and Practice of Body-Psychotherapy by Marlock and Weiss, Eds.
He and his wife Hope were married in 1967, and have one son Leif.