Dr John Andersen

BA, Grad. Dip. Psych, MA, MSc (MFT), MTh, PhD

Honorary research fellow

  • “The virtue of Honor and Shame” in Acting for Virtue: A Therapist’s Guide. Tom Edwards (Ed.): Australian Academic Press in press.
  • Shame in theology and clinical practice

  • Dynamics of shame in the Eden Narrative

  • The Image of God as a metaphor

  • Shame, emotion regulation and sinfulness

  • Advanced Counselling Theories, Processes and Strategies
  • Counselling Theories, Processes and Strategies

John Andersen is a psychologist and marriage and family therapist. He has 21 years of clinical experience in private practice.  He currently works at Mount Evelyn Counselling.

John did his initial training in organisational psychology.  His first career was in strategic business planning, marketing, and finance management. He then did a career change that involved studying marriage and family therapy at Fuller Seminary in California. After graduating, he worked as a marriage and family therapist in Nebraska, USA before returning to Australia to take up a position as Head of the Counselling Department at Tabor College Victoria. He held that position from 2000 – 2005. Since then, he has built a successful private practice, while taking further studies in theology.

John’s commitment to the integration of theology and psychology is reflected in his MTh thesis on Deficit Identity and Identity Transformation and PhD. in Old Testament Theology examining the dynamics of shame in the Eden Narrative.

John has been actively involved with the Christian Counsellors Association of Australia since he returned from the United States in 2000. He is currently the President of the Christian Counsellors Association of Australia and a Board member of the Asian Christian Counsellors Association.