FAMILY PROGRAM THERAPIST
John Souza, Jr., D.MFT
Dr. John Souza, Jr. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) who specializes in working with at-risk adolescents and their families. Originally from Oahu, Hawai’i and raised on the Mainland, Dr. Souza completed his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN. He went on to earn his Master of Arts and Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy with a concentration in Addictions and Psychopharmacology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Twin Cities.
Dr. Souza is a true family therapist in that his specialty is the development of healthy, sustainable relationships within and between people. His main experiences involve working with families struggling with adolescents dealing with anger, depression, anxiety, and chemical dependency. Dr. Souza has worked in a number of settings including outpatient, intensive in-home, community mental health, and school-based mental health agencies.
As a nationally approved MFT supervisor through the AAMFT, Dr. Souza has also enjoyed supervising clinicians and teaching at the graduate-level. John has also served as the Director of Research and Development at Change Inc., one of Minnesota’s largest marriage and family therapy training institutes. He has presented findings from his work at Change Inc. at several state, regional, and national conferences.
In his personal time John enjoys bonding with his family, playing music, and learning.
Dr. John is amazing! He really ‘got’ our son, and supported him through some very difficult moments of self-discovery and self-awareness.
Our experience with Dr. John was excellent from beginning to end. We were impressed by his knowledge of family dynamics and of the young adults he works with. Our son clearly trusted him, and we did as well.
The trust he built with our son allowed him to journey to places within himself that he had closed off for years. All of this has allowed for a seamless transition to his next placement.