John T. Niehaus, LISW-S, IMFT

The Cincinnati Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis   •   3001 Highland Avenue  •   Cincinnati, Ohio 45219
Phone: 513.961.8846  •   Fax: 513.487.3770  •   E-Mail:

Jack Niehaus

I work in psychotherapy with couples, families, individuals, and groups. I see people of all ages with a wide range of personal concerns. I can help with depression and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, couple and family issues, and issues around addictions both behavioral and chemical.

I also consult with family businesses, senior executives, and management teams with a view to improving the bottom line in their organizations. For more information about my services and my practice setting see below.


Adults, Children, Adolescents, Couples and Families

In my current practice I see a broad range of families, couples, and individuals. In addition to treatment of depression and anxiety, chemical and behavioral addictions are an area of special interest to me, and I have helped many families who struggle with these addictions. I have worked successfully with thousands of couples and families using an attachment-based approach. I have worked with many trauma survivors combining EMDR and psychotherapy. I do my own scheduling, and I prefer to speak personally to each caller at the time of scheduling.

Since 1964 I have been privileged to serve thousands of families in the Tri-State area. In addition, I have trained hundreds of Psychotherapists in marriage and family therapy, both at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine-Department of Psychiatry, and under the auspices of my private training program, John T. Niehaus Seminars. Prior to entering private practice, I spent thirteen years in three community mental health centers as therapist, supervisor, and director.

  • Licensed Independent Social Worker – Ohio
  • Licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapist – Ohio
  • Board Certified Diplomate – American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work
  • Approved Supervisor – American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Certified Group Psychotherapist – National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists
  • Adjunct Faculty - Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (Adjunct) University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
  • Full Clinical Member - American Family Therapy Academy
  • Founding Member – International Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Training Programs
  • Full Member – American Group Psychotherapy Association

The kaleidoscope of family business life, like family life itself, changes its pattern with each turn of the wheel of life.

Founders age and think about retirement. Successors itch for increased responsibility and control. While problems of succession are the number one concern of most family businesses they are not the only concern. Family businesses are beset with many of the same problems that families are. Communication breaks down, sibling rivalries spring up, sons feel unappreciated by fathers, spouses quarrel over relationships with children, and on and on. Besides producing a toll on the family, these common conflicts affect the bottom line and sometimes result in the failure of the business. Family relationships are the most intense of all human relationships. Established patterns, like old habits, are hard to break. Sometimes the family’s efforts to solve these sticky problems can create worse problems, so that the family winds up with two problems – the original problem and the problem created by trying to solve the original problem.

In my practice as a family business consultant I have encountered three persistent myths that can only perpetuate family business problems:

  • Just tell me what I ought to do and I’ll take it from there.
  • The answer is in a book.
  • If I work hard and mind my own business there won’t be any problem.

The facts are:

  • Advice rarely solves problems and sometimes makes them worse.
  • If the answer could be found in a book it would have been found a long time ago.
  • Hard work is wonderful but “minding your own business” may only perpetuate chronic communication problems in the family.

When I work with a family business I always keep three principles in mind:

  • There is no family like this one.
  • The problems in the family and the business can be resolved through in-depth understanding.
  • The strengths in the family system must be mobilized to resolve the problems.
  • These principles served me well in my work with thousands of families in psychotherapy. They serve equally well with family businesses experiencing business problems. Family business owners know that hard work got them to where they are today. They come to know that hard work of a different kind – hard work on family relationships – can lead to the solution of family business problems. With this perspective in mind failure is not an option.


  • Family Businesses make up about 80 to 90% of all US businesses.
  • Less than 1/3 of family businesses survive the founder; less than 10% survive through the 3rd generation.
  • 90% or more of the problems in family businesses are family relationship problems.
  • The average longevity for family businesses is 24 years.
  • The healthy thriving family business is usually, but not always, a reflection of an emotionally healthy family.

Call today. Change can begin now!

Executive coaching can help you to use your best asset — YOU — in your business.

Enhance your performance, strengthen your commitment, and sharpen your focus. Coaching removes roadblocks and promotes maximum impact. You can use the unique power of in-depth understanding to achieve crucial business solutions. I understand human systems. In my forty years as a systems-oriented psychotherapist I have helped many CEO’s and senior managers, their spouses and families with personal problems. Since 1999 I have enjoyed equal success as an executive coach with CEO’s and senior managers and consulting with family businesses. I believe that my experience in working with thousands of families and individuals enhances my executive coaching and consultation, offering an advantage most coaches and consultants do not have.

I will meet with you one-on-one at your workplace or at my office. My mission using executive coaching is to help family business owners and senior managers to increase profits and reduce costs by achieving business solutions based on in-depth understanding of individuals, relationships, and human systems and by providing results-oriented coaching.

Practice Setting

The Cincinnati Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis  •   3001 Highland Avenue  •   Cincinnati, Ohio 45219
Phone: 513.961.8846  •   Fax: 513.487.3770

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