Dr. John Leatherman is a family therapist at Caron Ocean Drive. In this role, Dr. Leatherman draws upon family systems theory that promotes and provides a space for relational honesty and empathy within the family, and in so doing, creates pathways for positive change for individual family members and the family system itself.
Dr. Leatherman strives to meaningfully engage patients and families to build rapport through a spirit of mutual, shared collaboration, while challenging existing beliefs and behaviors that historically have thwarted and derailed desired outcomes. He has received training in cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and person-centered approaches which he draws upon and then tailors to each patient and family.
Prior to his tenure at Caron in 2021, Dr. Leatherman served in diverse clinical, leadership, and academic roles across the behavioral health and substance abuse continuum of care in Philadelphia, New York City, and Florida. Dr. Leatherman holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Temple University and a Ph.D. in organizational leadership from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Leatherman’s research has explored forces and factors that block and constrain innovation, contrasted with approaches and responses that release creative energies to achieve growth and positive change.