John (he/him/his)

“Human life and humanity come into being in genuine encounters. The hope for this hour depends upon the renewal of the immediacy of dialogue among human beings.” ― Martin Buber

John graduated from the University of Iowa in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies with a focus on culture, theology, and ethics. Throughout his life, John has valued paying attention to the significance of the everyday experiences, interactions, and rituals that shape the context of our individual, family, and cultural identities. After serving roles in business and education, he is excited to be making a long-desired career transition and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Mount Mercy’s Marriage and Family Therapy Program.

For so many of us, life can be overwhelming and feel disconnected in many ways. John’s hope in working with clients is that we may find room to slow down, to listen with curiosity, and to uncover deeper connections within ourselves and in relating to others. He is committed to being a calm presence as clients face challenges; he is most gratified in witnessing others grow and live more animated lives. He will work collaboratively with clients mapping specific goals and clear outcomes – while acknowledging many of life’s struggles are incredibly difficult or may never be fully resolved. He looks forward to learning from each client’s gifts and perspective as they seek healing and wholeness.

When not in the Olson Clinic or studying for coursework, John is most likely at home, listening to an audiobook, and cooking dinner for his family.

To schedule an appointment with John, please call the Olson MFT Clinic at 319-368-6493.

Clinical Interests:

Individual/Couple/Family Therapy
Life Cycle Changes/Transitions
Grief, Bereavement, & Loss
Religious and Spiritual Concerns/Questions
Discernment Counseling
Child and Play Therapy

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