About Dr. Townsend

Dr.  John Townsend, a clinical psychologist and leadership consultant, has been helping leaders, organizations and individuals make changes and exceed their goals for more than two decades.   His expertise in psychology, leadership and spirituality help him connect with, and provide solutions for, people in many venues.  He has written or co-written 20 books, totaling 5 million in sales, including the 2 million copy Boundaries,  Who’s Pushing Your Buttons?,  It’s Not My Fault, and, most recently, Leadership Beyond Reason: How Great Leaders Succeed by Harnessing the Power of Their Values, Feelings and Intuition.  His award-winning books have earned three Gold Medallions and the Retailers Choice award for a book and television venture with Time-Life and Integrity Publishers. He is a sought-after conference speaker.  His engaging, insightful and humorous style has kept him in demand nationally, and on six continents.

Dr. Townsend is highly experienced in a variety of media, including both television appearances and radio, including cohosting the nationally-syndicated talk show New Life Live, heard in 180 markets.  He has been interviewed on Fox News television, and his advice has been published in magazines such as Cosmopolitan.

Dr. Townsend founded and built a health care company which operated inpatient and outpatient treatment centers for ten years in the western part of the U.S., totaling 35 cities.  He was also Clinical Director during that period.  The clinical program was researched and the results published in the professional world.  He sold the company in 1996.  During the company’s tenure, he learned and produced the principles and strategies of success and change that he now uses in his writing, speaking, consulting and media.

As a partner in Cloud-Townsend Resources, Dr. Townsend has produced and spoken at many public seminars and conferences nationally on a variety of topics, ranging from leadership and success to personal growth, relationships and spirituality.  His talks are often linked down by satellite to thousands of live venues.

Dr. Townsend works with leaders and organizations in a number of ways, including  team and key executive coaching, corporate consulting,  training workshops, and speaking at conferences.    He personally conducts his own Leadership Coaching Program in southern California.

A graduate of North Carolina State University, earning a B.A. in psychology with honors, Dr. Townsend also earned a master of theology degree at Dallas Theological Seminary with honors, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Biola University.  He completed his clinical internship at the University of Tennessee, and holds three clinical licenses:  clinical psychology and marriage and family therapist in California, and clinical psychology in Tennessee. He is active on the board of Mustard Seed Ranch, a ranch program for abused children, does training for leaders in third world countries, and is on the board of Mariners Impact, a nonprofit entity devoted to providing  quality media to the culture.  Residing in Newport Beach, California, Dr. Townsend and his wife Barbi have two sons, Ricky, a university student,  and Benny, a high school student.   His hobbies include scuba diving, reading of all sorts, and he is also a member of a dance band which plays locally in Southern California!