I am a guide in self-exploration, acoach in the co-creation of meaningful lives, and a mentor in the discovery of who we are truly.I am also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in Santa Monica.
I serve as a faculty member at the University of Santa Monica, which has offered a Master's degree in Spiritual Psychology, and in that capacity, I coached students in bringing into realization a heartfelt project of their own choosing. I also co-facilitated the Human Growth and Development course with Mary Hulnick.
I love all my work, and am enriched by my students and my clients.
I received my undergraduate degree in English Literature from Wellesley College, a Master’s Degree from the University Washington in 1982, and was licensed to practice privately in California in 1988. I received a second Master’s Degree, in Spiritual Psychology, from the University of Santa Monica in 1991, and began teaching there in 1994.In 2008, USM’s Counseling Psychology program, in which I had served as both Director and faculty, drew to a close.At that time, I received the John-Roger Award for Teaching Excellence.
Responses from Clients
"Johanna Jenkins has an exceptional ability to listen deeply, assess what is needed and help you understand, or creatively resolve, your situation or issue. She has a wealth of experience, an insightful approach and a powerful presence. I’m fortunate to be one of the many who benefit from her guidance!”
–Katie Laine Certified Executive Coach
"Thank you so much for the session. Already – in just two weeks I have noticed a HUGE shift (for me) in my parenting style, which has translated into a happier daughter. We’ve hardly had any negative tantrum cycles at all – except when she is super tired and hungry. Thank you so much. I will call you again if anything else comes up."
–Parent of a Four-Year-Old
"Johanna’s work with me is part coach, part counselor and part muse. She has helped me identify what I most want to do with my life and my talents, and coached me with do-able action steps to achieve those things. (I did!) In addition, her unique clarity also spotted gifts and strengths in me that were ready to be developed even more - which lead to even more success! Johanna infused me with the confidence to take risks and the solid plans to follow my heart’s desire.
I have made profound shifts as a result of working with Johanna- in both my personal and my professional life. Plus, Johanna’s expertise makes her powerful work gentle and intelligent, with a palpable sense of Grace."
–Phyllis Firak-Mitz Astrologer
"The word "spiritual" can carry a lot of different meanings to different people. So I think it's important not to get too hung up on that. What I found in my work with Johanna is that it's really about uncovering that which inside is truly causal to our perceptions and behaviors in life, and cultivating an awareness there that enables us to grow and evolve beyond them. Johanna is truly masterful in that process.
In our work I would express a new ideal for my life, or for my presence as a leader in business, that I wished to experience and Johanna would help me trace back inside myself to uncover whatever judgments or beliefs I was holding that may have been preventing me from getting there. She'd then be a powerful facilitator in helping me let them go and move into a new and transformed experience.
As a result of my work with Johanna, I've come in contact with powerful personal insights that have changed, in hugely positive ways, how I am coming forward in both my personal and professional lives. And the loving and joy I experience in each of them."
–Kirk Souder Co-founder and Creative Lead, ENSO