Djohariah Toor


A family therapist, artist, and mother of four, Djohariah Toor has taught, lectured, and led retreats and workshops nationally and internationally on the subject of personal and spiritual growth for the last thirty years.  She is the originator of Creative Process Training, and author of The Road by the River:  A Healing Journey for Women (Harper and Row, 1987, republished by St Martin’s Press and Gill and Macmillan Ltd. in 1994, and Falken TaschenBuch in Germany, 1998).

Ms Toor’s professional work includes individual and family therapy workshops, seminars, public speaking, and community-oriented social justice.  Her areas of specialty include:  family systems; relationship and communication; conflict resolution within families and groups; art and play therapy; addiction and eating disorders; Depth Psychology, dreams, and myth.  She has taught workshops and seminars in the US and abroad, including Panama, Mexico, Canada, Germany, and South Africa.

She received her BFA in oil painting at the California College of Arts and Crafts, as well as earning a teaching credential there.  She received her MA in clinical psychology at JFK University in 1982.  In 1986 she founded the Arbor House Counseling Center in Livermore, California, providing therapy supervision, consultation and training to interns, students and healthcare practitioners, where she served as Director until 1998.  She served on the Board of Directors of ACT International (an Association of Christian Therapists/and Healthcare Providers) and co-chair of the ACT Therapists Group from 2004-2009.

Ms. Toor has done a number of book-related radio interviews, including the North-West Passage on NPR and KBOO in Portland, as well as multiple speaking engagements and signings following the publications of her two previous books.  In 1998 she received a “Woman of the Year” award from the Livermore Soroptomists Club for her work with women and children in the Livermore valley.  Ms. Toor continues to work and teach, and to work part-time with children at risk, and with people experiencing chronic and terminal illness.  She lives on the Oregon Coast and in Santa Fe, New Mexico.