Dr. Jean John, PhD

Dr. Jean Densmore John is a licensed psychologist specializing in adolescent or adult, individuals, couples and family therapy.  Dr. John maintains a private practice in Santa Barbara, CA.


With over 30 years experience as a Nutritionist and more than 3 years as a licensed psychologist in California, she is an integrative psychotherapist.  As a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute, she specializes in Jungian, Archetypal and Self psychology, focusing on dream activation, bridging psyche (soul) and the soma (physical body) and individuation in relationship to Self and others.  She is currently in private practice,  among her areas of expertise are eating disorders, body dysmorphia, anxiety, psychosomatic disorders and fertility issues.  Dr. John can also provide pre-surgical assessments for Bariatic Assessments.

Dr John has presented at National conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of eating disorders; dream activation and use in treatment; dance and performance art in treatment; nutrition and wellness.
Dr. John's therapeutic approach is to provide support and a process of listening to body, mind, soul and spirit to help clients effectively address personal life challenges.  She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
2010 CA Licensed Psychologist, PSY 23961
2000 Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA.
1974-76 Master of Science, Human Nutrition, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
1974-76 Dietetic Internship, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Center for Life Sciences, Madison, Wisconsin.
1970-74 Bachelor of Science, Food and Nutrition, University of Arizona, Tucson.


Additional Training
2006 Certified Yoga Instructor
1989-90 Using the Imaginal, Drawing, Dance & Play in Therapy, Santa Barbara.
1990-91 Dance Therapy Workshops, Naropa Institute, Boulder, CO.
1978 Nutrition Fellowship Adolescent Health, Child Development Mental Retardation Center, University of Washington.
11/10- current California Licensed Psychologist, PSY 23961, private practice.
2007-current Yoga Group Exercise Instructor, Santa Barbara Channel Islands YMCA
9/06-11/10 Psychological Assistant, PSB.32056
3/06 –3/07 Movement Therapist, Sanctuary Psychiatric Services of Santa Barbara; New Seasons Behavioral Health, Port Hueneme, CA.
2000-2010 Private practice consulting for nutrition and body Image therapy. Training workshops for  eating disorders treatment; SBCCAdult Education Teaching Faculty; Adjunct Faculty of Pacifica Graduate Institute.
3/97-8/98 Psychology Intern, St. Vincent’s, Adolescent Probation and Single Mothers PATH Program.
10/95-4/96 Psychology Intern, Sanctuary Psychiatric Services, Santa Barbara.
1993-95 Clinical Dietitian for Devereux of Santa Barbara; St. Francis Medical Center and Goleta Valley Hospital.
1989-93 Private practice consulting specializing in Wellness Promotion and Nutritional Normalization and Body Awareness
1989-92 Clinical Nutrition consultant for the following facilities:Santa Barbara Artificial Kidney Center; Urban Indian Health Clinic;Santa Ynez Indian Reservation.
1987-89 Private practice consulting with:  Human Performance Center; Channel Islands Retirement;Mission Terrace Convalescent; Santa Barbara Artificial Kidney Center
1987-89 Nutrition education for Continuing Education (Santa Barbara City College) and Santa Barbara Research Center
1986-89 Clinical Nutrition Consultants of Santa Barbara, Eating Disorder Specialist with the Eating Disorder Program at Cottage Care Center
1982-83 Part-time Clinical Dietitian for Capistrano-By-The-Sea Psychiatric Hospital and the University of California, Irvine, Eating Disorder Program
1981-82 Dietitian for Camelot Weight Reduction Camp, Whittier College, CA.
1980-81 Facilitator for teacher workshops throughout Western Washington University promoting the use of the “Energy, Food And You” curriculum guide.
1979-81 Nutrition Education Coordinator at Cispus Environmental Center, Washington State Department of Education, Nutrition Education and Training Program.
1979 Nutrition Consultant to the Kitsap County Health Department, Bremerton, WA.
1979 Nutrition Instructor for Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA.
1979 WA. State Department of Education, Nutrition Education and Training Program to assist in planning objectives and activities for a Nutrition  Curriculum Guide.
1978 Contracted by WA. State Department of Public Health to improve the nutrition component of a pre-natal and infant care health education program.
1976-78 Child and Youth Project Nutritionist, Milwaukee Children's Hospital; a multi-disciplinary team approach to meeting the health and social needs of inner city youth.
1976 Nutritionist for seasonal migrant and farm workers, La Clinica De Los Composinos, Fox Lake, WI.
Monthly contributor to the local chapter of California Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) Newsletter (Spotlight on members), 2005-2006.
Activating Food Dream Images to Feed the Subtle Body:  An Archetypal Perspective of Food Imagery and Symbolism as Viewed Through the Cycle of Life Archetype , unpublished dissertation, 2000.
Modern Concepts of the Eating Disorders: Research Diagnosis, Treatment , Edited by B.J. Blinder, et al.  PMA Publishing Corporation, New York 1988.
"The Diet Disco-nnection" Journal of Nutrition Education, 19:72A, 1987.
"Nutrition Through The Arts: A Curriculum Guide", Washington State NET Program, 1979.
"Be Size Wise" Poster and pamphlet, Washington State Heart Association, 1978
“Nurturing Soul and Body:  Activating the Food Dream Image in Treatment of Eating Disorders”, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Symposium (2009)

“Identification, Assessment and Treatment of Clients with Eating Disorders”, Community Counseling Center, Pacifica Graduate Institute, and Sanctuary Psychiatric Facilities (2003-2009)
“Archetypal Hunger”, Workshop Presentation through SBCC Adult Education (2002-2005)
“Activation of Food Dreams with Eating Disorder Clients”, International Association for the Study of Dreams, Berkeley, CA.  (2003 & 2005)
“Nutrition Wellness for MS”, Santa Barbara MS Society, 2002
Santa Barbara Women's Day Conference Workshop Leader: “Moving From Your Higher Power: Dancing Your Own Dance” 1989, 1990, 1991.
“Xposure” dance and lecture presentation:

International Association of Eating Disorders Conference, Orlando, Fl. 1993;
Mental Emotional School Health (MESH), 1990, 1991 and 1992.
Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Hancock College, Santa Maria, 1989;
Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Santa Barbara City College, 1989;
Santa Barbara High School, 1989.
“Food Related Behaviors in Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia: Specificity and Differentiation”, International Conference on Anorexia Nervosa and Related Disorders, Swansea, Wales, 1984.
“Dietitians Role in the Treatment of Eating Disorders”, Orange County and Riverside Dietetic Associations, CA., 1983.
National Television Interview on the Richard Simmons Diet and Exercise Program, 1981.
“Hyperactivity and Food Additives”, Milwaukee Dietetic Association and Madison Dietetic Association, 1976.
Civic Leadership
2011-2012  Secretary of  the Board, Santa Barbara County Psychological Association.
2008-2010  Worship Service and Connection Circles Committee Member, Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara.
2007-2008  Fund Raising Chair, Vieja Valley Elementary School PTA Board.
2000-2001  Secretary of  the Board, StarKing Parent-Child Cooperative.