Dr. John Townsend

Dr. John Townsend is a clinical psychologist, a marriage and family therapist, a popular public speaker and the co-founder of Cloud-Townsend Resources. He is also the author or co-author of numerous books including God Will Make a Way, How People Grow and Who’s Pushing Your Buttons? Dr. Townsend holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Biola University. He resides in Southern California with his wife and sons. Learn how you can earn a graduate degree in Dr. Townsend’s methodology at The Townsend Institute.

Have a Great Christmas With Your Young Adults

Celebrating the holidays with clear communication and healthy boundaries with your young adults will make your time together more memorable and enjoyable.

Setting Healthy Boundaries with Your Kids (Part 2 of 2)

Psychologists Henry Cloud and John Townsend discuss the importance of parents defining appropriate boundaries and sticking with consequences in order to help kids learn to lead balanced, productive, and fulfilling adult lives. (Part 2 of 2)

Setting Healthy Boundaries with Your Kids (Part 1 of 2)

Psychologists Henry Cloud and John Townsend discuss the importance of parents defining appropriate boundaries and sticking with consequences in order to help kids learn to lead balanced, productive, and fulfilling adult lives. (Part 1 of 2)

How to Help Your Kids Behave Better

Establishing expectations and executing them with love can help you tame a young child’s negative behavior.

Boundaries: The Key to Freedom

Equipping your teen with inner strength and a sense of responsibility

Why Kids Need Boundaries

Boundaries are more important than you may realize. Here’s how to establish limits that will help your children succeed.

Establishing Healthy Boundaries in Your Marriage

Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend explain what healthy boundaries in marriage are, and offer practical advice for establishing those boundaries and re-establishing them if they’ve been broken.

Healthy Opposite-Sex Friendships in Marriage

Some couples choose not to have opposite-sex relationships because of the risks. But the couple must make sure all the “nutrients” from others in the body of Christ are present.

Choosing a College Major

How should your teen choose a college major? Use these six suggestions for guiding your child and in facilitating discussion.

Constructive Praise

Help your kids grow in confidence and resilience through healthy patterns of praise. 

Building Trust

A marriage stands or falls on the quality of its foundation.

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