John Branderhorst, MFT

MFT #42823
Phone:  916-672-0033 (Google Voice)
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John BranderhorstBasic Philosophy/Heart for Counseling
I have always had a heart for counseling and bringing health and growth into the lives of those with whom I have worked. A constant in my life has been a passion for working with adolescents and their families. This translated nicely into working effectively with couples and individuals. My hope is people find me to be safe and assuring, while at the same time, direct and honest.
In my practice as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, my goal is to bring relational wholeness into the lives of those I have the privilege to counsel. This may involve dealing with emotional hurts within, as well as dealing with factors from outside a person that have long-lasting effects in their lives. I have dealt with a variety of issues from depression and anxiety, to issues plaguing young people like being anxious, oppositional, hurt and angry. I am comfortable dealing with a variety of clientele such as adolescents, individuals, couples and whole family systems.
I invite you to call me and find out more about who I am and “what makes me tick” as a person and therapist. I am not God’s gift to the profession, but feel I have the training and emotional and spiritual sensitivity to deal with you right where you are.
In His grip,
John Branderhorst (a.k.a. JB)
Prior to coming to Cornerstone, JB was a full time Youth Pastor for 6 years and a teacher/counselor at Valley Christian High School for 8 years. He also worked for 5 years on a crisis assessment unit for adolescents in a private mental hospital. JB previously taught full and part-time for 12 years at Victory High Continuation School (Rocklin) for at-risk youth. Currently he teaches part time as an adjunct Psychology Professor at William Jessup University. He has expertise in working with adolescents and their families as well as with blended family issues. He teaches courses for blended families and pre-marital couples. JB has taught several classes in the Marriage and Family Therapy master’s program at Brandman University including: Marital Systems and Domestic Violence, Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, and Practicum Supervision. In addition he has been part of the Advancement to Candidacy assessment process.
JB is also a qualified MFT Supervisor and supervises various MFT, PCI and AFT interns in various settings. He has also worked extensively with the youth at his church which includes leading small groups, teaching, and leading trainings.
Specialties: Adolescents, blended families, pre-marital, individual issues, men’s issues, couples/families.
MA Psychology – Chapman University, 2004.
Marriage and Family Therapist, 2006 CA License # 42823 (through the Board of Behavior Services).
Bachelor’s Degree, History with Teacher Certification (MI), Calvin College, 1985.
Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology, Calvin College, 1983.
California Clear Teaching Credential, Social Studies, 2001-Present.
John Branderhorst, MFTOrganizations:
CAMFT – California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
AACC – American Association of Christian Counselors