John H. Van Ness,
M. Div., Ph.D.
Senior Staff Therapist

Dr. Van Ness has been on the staff at MAPS since 1985. He received his doctorate in transpersonal psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California, in 1986, having completed his dissertation on Spiritual Aspects of Men's Mid-life Career Change. Integrating spirituality with psychotherapy is his particular concern at MAPS, and Dr. Van Ness has made several presentations on that subject. He works with men and women of all ages and couples, using a variety of therapeutic and spiritual techniques as appropriate to the individual situation. He also conducts training groups in Meditation for the Healing of Mind, Body, and Soul.

In addition to his work at MAPS, Dr. Van Ness teaches in the Applied Psychology department of Antioch New England Graduate School. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and a Licensed Pastoral Psychotherapist in the State of New Hampshire (license #37). Dr. Van Ness is an ordained Presbyterian minister.

Before coming to MAPS, Dr. Van Ness was an administrator and campus minister at the State University College at New Paltz, New York. He also served as pastor of several Presbyterian churches in New York State. Having grown up in Glen Rock, New Jersey, he received a BS in electrical engineering from Lehigh University.

You may reach Dr. Van Ness at MAPS at 603-355-2244, ext. 314, or in our Peterborough office at 603-924-2240; Mail: MAPS, 19 Federal Street, Keene, NH 03431; FAX: 603-355-2299; or email:

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