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Janet Stauffer is a Contextual Therapist, professor, and scholar. She was introduced to Contextual Theory and Buber’s I Thou (dialogue) early in her career and was immediately drawn to this resource based therapy. Its healing potential emerges as persons turn and face one another in ways that build trust and provide a healthy legacy for future generations.

“We are deeply interconnected at existential levels. When we honor one another in our shared existence, we grow into who we are as persons.”

Janet is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Pennsylvania, an American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy Fellow and certified Clinical Supervisor. She is a professor in the Graduate School of Marriage & Family Therapy at Evangelical Seminary and maintains a private therapy practice.

Her mentors in Contextual training included Dr. Barbara Krasner, Dr. Maurice Friedman, and Dr. Douglas Schoeninger. She has presented internationally and locally as well as published in MFT journals. Janet enjoyed connecting with Contextual colleagues around the world in the process of developing the video: The Bridge Between: Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy and Contextual Therapy.

Among her many interests, Janet can be found volunteering in her community teaching English as a second language to adults who have immigrated to the US, or canoeing among lily pads in gentle streams with Jim, her beloved dialogue partner.

“I am indebted to each one who walks the journey of dialogue with me.”


She has presented internationally and locally on topics that include:

  • Receiving through Giving: A Case Study in Exoneration, International Contextual Therapy conference, Ede, Netherlands, April 19, 2018
  • Building a Bridge of Feathers: Practicing Hospitality in an Inhospitable World, Samaritan Counseling Clergy and Congregational Care Series, Lancaster, PA, April, 16, 2015.
  • Relational Formation in the Classroom: Preparing the Person of the Therapist, International Family Therapy Congress, Panama City, Panama, March 7, 2014.
  • Nurturing Spirit in an Age of Technology: The Practice of Genuine Meeting, International Family Therapy Congress, Panama City, Panama, March 6, 2014.
  • The Sacrament of Genuine Meeting Between the Generations, All you Need is Love: Honoring the Diversity of Women’s Voices in Theology, National Conference Center, Leesburg, VA, February 22, 2014.
  • Sexuality and Spirituality: The Sacrament of Genuine Meeting, The Religious and Philosophical Forum, The Schuylkill Campus of The Pennsylvania State University, April 20, 2012.


  • Stauffer, J. R., Minnich, F. S., Morford, J., Trani, S., Tomlinson, N. J. (2013). Formation of the therapist through dialogical engagement: A qualitative study. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 24, 208-227.
  • Stauffer, J. R. (2012). The last dangling thread: Personal Story. Family Therapy Magazine, 11(4), 29.
  • Stauffer, J. R. (2011). Dialogue in the navigation of loyalty dynamics between and across the generations. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 22(2), 83-96.
  • Kolko, D. J., & Stauffer, J. R. (1991). Child sexual abuse. In R. T. Ammerman & M. Hersen (Eds.), Case studies in family violence (First ed.). New York: Plenum Press.