John Townsend (author)

John Townsend (born June 1, 1952) is an American Christian self-help author, business consultant, and psychologist.

John Townsend
BornJune 1, 1952
GenreChristian, Self-help
Notable worksBoundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No
ISBN 978-0310247456


Townsend holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with honors from North Carolina State University, a Master of Theology degree with honors from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a PhD degree in clinical psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University.[1]

Townsend co-founded (with Henry Cloud)[2] the Minirth-Meier Clinic West and served as its clinical co-director for ten years.[1] The clinic operated treatment centers in 35 cities in the western United States.[1]

In 2015, Townsend also founded the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling, providing graduate training in Organizational Leadership, Executive Coaching and Counseling, based at Concordia University Irvine in California.[3]

Townsend has authored or co-authored a host of best-selling self-help books throughout his extensive career.


Townsend co-authored 26 Christian self-help books during his career,[4] including Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life in 1992, which sold two million copies and evolved into a five-part series.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c Townsend, John. "John Townsend". Archived from the original on February 10, 2015. Retrieved June 10, 2015.
  2. ^ Haldane, David (May 7, 1992). "Therapy with God: Christians Find Answers to Their Pain in Monday Night Solutions". Los Angeles Times. p. OCB1.
  3. ^ Concordia University Irvine, "Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling"
  4. ^ Christian Post, "Interview: Christian Psychologist John Townsend on His Sermon This Weekend at Saddleback Church", April 13, 2013
  5. ^ Christianity Today, "Redeeming Conflict", May 1, 2004

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