Meet John Townsend and Henry Cloud
HENRY CLOUD & JOHN TOWNSEND
The concept of "Christian counseling"—blending psychology and Scripture to help believers mentally, emotionally, and spiritually—can be quite a controversial topic. Critics say it’s unbiblical to apply psychological principles to God’s Word, but those directly involved in this work are passionate about their calling. As they see it, their professional training in psychology allows them to recognize and treat ailments, disorders, and more serious illnesses based on proven research, while their grounding in the Christian faith allows them to steer their patients toward God for complete healing.
At the forefront of today’s Christian counseling movement are Drs. John Townsend and Henry Cloud. Both of these licensed psychologists have graduated with doctorates in clinical psychology from Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology, and both maintain private practices in Newport Beach, California. Together, they co-host the nationally broadcast Minirth-Meier New Life Clinic radio program; founded Cloud-Townsend Communications, Inc.; serve as co-directors of the Minirth-Meier New Life Clinics West; and have authored numerous best-selling books. Dr. Townsend, a Th.M. graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, specializes in individual and group adult psychotherapy and the spiritual needs of character functioning. Dr. Cloud possesses extensive experience in organizational consulting, and specializes in individual adult psychotherapy and models of spiritual and psychological development.
Perhaps the best-known of their works is the Gold Medallion Book Award-winner Boundaries, in which they explain how clearly defined boundaries are essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. In this bestseller, they introduce 10 life-changing principles that teach people to take control of their lives by learning when to say yes and when to say no. Their biblically based insights explain how to establish healthy boundaries with parents, spouses, friends, coworkers, and others. The success of this book prompted two more related works, Boundaries in Marriage and Boundaries with Kids, which apply the same 10 principles in other specific relationships.
In addition to their many other popular titles, such as Safe People, The Mom Factor, Twelve "Christian" Beliefs That Can Drive You Crazy, and Raising Great Kids, Drs. Cloud and Townsend have also written noteworthy books on their own. All of their efforts—whether in print, over the airwaves, or within the privacy of their clinics—are driven by the same purpose: to offer people healing, understanding, guidance, and a joyful new freedom in daily Christian living.