Johanna Jenkins, M.A., L.C.S.W. | David Couper Consulting

Johanna Jenkins, M.A., L.C.S.W.

career background

Devoted to promoting lifelong growth in herself and others, Johanna’s expertise is informed by 25 years of experience coaching and counseling individuals from all walks of life. As Director of the Counseling Psychology Program at the University of Santa Monica, as well as in her role as Faculty Liaison, she guided faculty in course development, project development and implementation, team teaching interactions, student interface, and staff relations, promoting a positive environment of collegial support, and dedication to both effectiveness and integrity. Her private practice in coaching has included executives and entrepreneurs in internet design, business start-up, real estate development, medicine and entertainment, with clients involved with such companies as Google, Disney and Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica. With expertise in creating connection with oneself and others, and enhancing quality of life, she has successfully coached employees and executives at all levels, drawing forth in them new choices resulting in enhanced effectiveness, improved interpersonal relations, and job satisfaction. She has an exceptional ability to listen deeply, assess what is needed and help you understand, and creatively resolve, your situation or issue through accessing your own deeper wisdom. She has a wealth of experience, an insightful approach and a powerful presence.


Transformational Communication Skills, Work/Life Balance, Effective Team Building, Compassionate Leadership, Human Growth and Development, Skills of Counseling, Transference & Countertransference, Applications of the Enneagram, Creating Acceptance, Self-Compassion.

industry background & education

Private Practice in Coaching and Psychotherapy in Santa Monica, CA since 1988. Design and evolution of programs in higher education; team facilitation, dispute resolution, and effective communication. Development and facilitation of ‘The Dream Workshop”, on the understanding of dreams as a means to access creativity and the guidance of your own higher wisdom. Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature, Wellesley College. Wellesley MA; Child Therapy Program, 3-Year Certificate, Seattle Institute of Psychoanalysis; Master’s Degree in Social Work, University of Washington; Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology, University of Santa Monica; Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California, 1988 – present.

noted accomplishments

  • Established, administered and taught at The Open Center for Children, a diverse multi-cultural pre-school in Somerville, Massachusetts.
  • Presented a paper on “The Role of Anger in Female Individuation”, as a respondant to Virginia Clower, M.D. at a symposium on Female Psychosexual Development.
  • In conjunction with other professionals in Seattle, Washington, developed and implemented The Parent/Infant Study Group, a low-fee preventative program for infants at risk.
  • 2009 University of Santa Monica John-Roger Award for Teaching Excellence