About John and his practice...


Who is John Marshall?


John has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for 40 years. He first practiced therapy in Southern California and now for the last 25 years in Nashville. His expertise includes Intensive Therapy, Couples Therapy, Sex Therapy, Men’s Issues, Trauma Therapy (EMDR),Spiritual Recovery and Grief Therapy. John is also a seasoned Executive Coach and AAMFT Clinical Supervisor. He is an alumni of Fuller Seminary's School of Psychology, the Masterson Institute and the Manresa Jesuit Institute. He lives and practices in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife, Diane. She is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in Women's Issues and Divorce Recovery. They have two adult sons living in Nashville and New York City.


What is Johns approach to helping people in therapy?

John uses many different therapeutic approaches which are geared to the client's unique needs.  He believes the best therapists are also good anthropologists.  His primary approaches are psychodynamic, family systems and psycho-spiritual.  In every day language this means John helps people examine their past, get honest about their present and begin to dream about their future.

What type of therapist is John?

The three words that clients frequently use to describe John are wise, direct and caring. Being competent and having the courage to challenge his clients when it's needed is as important as empathizing with them. They invest significant time, energy and money and deserve a good return on that investment. Therapy that gets results is about clients committing to the process and the therapist not backing away from saying hard things. This is at the heart of his work with all clients.

What type of clients does John enjoy working with?

John feels most energized working with couples in conflict, men suffering from depression and people needing spiritual recovery.  He enjoys working with couples because he is a natural mediator and they often need firm direction to stop hurting each other.  He gets excited to see them move from destructive communication to new ways of emotional connection.

Depression in men is often missed because they can experience it as numbness or a lack of feeling.  When John can help men identify and express their emotions in either individual or group therapy the depression can fade away quickly.  He finds that witnessing men experience the joy of living fully for the first time to be extremely exciting!

How are Intensives different from weekly therapy?


The Private Marriage Intensive is a unique two day (10 hour) experience for couples in crisis. For these couples weekly therapy is often too slow. The three of us meet to assess the marital damage and then give clear direction about the future. For many couples that will mean clear steps towards healing and for some it will be accepting that their relationship must end. Either way the Intensive is guaranteed to get couples unstuck. Being stuck is the worst condition for any marriage.  We believe being stuck is the worst marital condition. 

The Men's Private Intensive is for the man who is unable to come to weekly therapy or is in crisis and needs immediate attention. This one on one therapeutic experience is also over two days (10 hours). After 40 years of working with men I am uniquely qualified to coach men towards healing and growth. Because of my experience and age, men see me as not only a therapist but also a mentor. I strongly believe that most men need mentors in their lives today like never before.