Education & Certification

Licensed In

Graduated From
Stanford University (1971)

National Register Member Since

John Rhead, PhD

I am a psychotherapist and I love my work. I believe very strongly in the power of good psychotherapy to alleviate a wide range of the kinds of difficulties and suffering we all encounter from time to time and also to go beyond that to enhance the quality of our lives. I believe that such positive outcomes are only possible when both the therapist and client(s) put their hearts into doing the work they came together to do. This is true regardless of the format of the therapy–individual, couple (marriage counseling), group, or family.

Therapy is hard work. It is perhaps the hardest work you will ever do, and perhaps the most important as well. However, it is not only work. It can also be quite a shared adventure for all those involved, including the therapist. In group therapy this sense of shared adventure can also include include the other members of the group.

My beliefs about therapy are based on two things: (1) the extensive scientific research on the effectiveness of psychotherapy and (2) my own many years as a therapist and as a client in psychotherapy.

In addition to being a psychotherapist, I am also a father, husband, stepfather, uncle, friend, writer, mystic, inventor, auto mechanic, lumberjack, psychologist, citizen of the world, theologian, engineer, electrician, plumber, scientist and adventure-seeker. All of theses identities have just emerged as I have lived my life as fully as I can. The only one I can prove with credentials is psychologist, for which I have a BA (Dartmouth), a PhD (Stanford), and a license (Maryland). These credentials were acquired long after I already regarded myself as a psychologist.

Learn more about me on my website:

Practice Characteristics

Areas of Expertise

  • Couples Therapy (e.g., relationship communication difficulty, premarital consultation, divorce mediation)
  • Family Therapy (e.g., parent-child problems, divorce with kids, family illness)
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Individual Psychotherapy

Ages Served

  • Adults (18-64 yrs.)
  • Older adults (65 yrs. or older)

Treatment Modalities

  • Existential/Humanistic/Interpersonal


    B.A. Psychology, Dartmouth
    Ph.D. Psychology, Stanford
    Licensed Psychologist, Maryland
    Member American Academy of Psychotherapists, Mid-
    Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Society, American
    Psychological Association, Maryland Psychological

Fee Information/Office Policy

Office Hours: As early as 7:30am
As late as 7:00pm
Monday through Friday

I check my phone messages much more frequently than I check email.

Health Care Plan Participation

I do not bill insurance companies on behalf of my clients. I bill my clients directly and provide them with the necessary paperwork to collect from their insurance company. I will offer a sliding scale to clients who seem particularly well-suited to work with me but cannot afford my usual fee, but I limit the number of clients to whom I will make such an offer.

Contact Information

Primary Contact

5560 Sterrett Pl, Ste 205
Columbia, MD 21044
P: 410-997-5060 (Office)