I'm Dr. Jake Porter, 

relational psychotherapist, leadership coach, and practice consultant. And I do a little speaking.

It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do when I grew up. After more than a decade in pastoral ministry, I now lead my own rapidly growing counseling clinic and work as an executive leadership coach and practice–building consultant. I continue to have a heart for non–profits, as well.


My unique, transdisciplinary model for coaching draws from my research in developmental neuroscience, affect regulation, attachment theory, spirituality, as well as my formal coach training to enhance clients' capacities for connection, with themselves and others.


I'd love to see if we'd be a good fit to work together. Read more about what I offer, and reach out if you'd like to connect.


About Dr. Jake Porter

Psychotherapist, Coach, & Consultant

Jake Porter is a Board Certified Counselor, Doerr Institute Certified Professional Coach, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator. He is also the creator of Couple–Centered Recovery, a model for treating attachment wounds of couples experiencing the trauma of betrayal.


Dr. Jake is a Level II PACT Clinician and has undergone extensive training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, an evidence–based treatment for couples who have suffered attachment injuries. He has worked with couples from around the world who have travelled to Houston for treatment of severe attachment injuries and relational trauma.


Believing in the inherent worth of every person, Dr. Jake utilizes insights from psychology, interpersonal neurobiology, and spirituality to help his clients experience greater healing and freedom in their lives. He enjoys teaching as Assistant Professor of Counseling at Houston Graduate School of Theology, where he also directs both the Doctor of Professional Counseling Program and the Office of Evaluation.

A Professional Member of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH), Dr. Jake has been trained by Dr. Patrick Carnes, the world’s leading pioneer in the diagnosis and treatment of sex addiction, and is also trained by Dr. Barbara Steffens to work with partners of sex addicts using the Multidimensional Partner Trauma Model of APSATS. He learned Post Inductive Therapy from its developer, Pia Melody, and sat under Drs. Pat Love, Sue Johnson, and Stan Tatkin to learn to work with couples in recovery. He is a member of American Mensa. Jake has taught and presented research on the topics of theology, counseling, trauma, and addiction around the world.


Jake lives in Houston with his wife, Kristen.

Certifications and Trainings

A sampling of the trainings and certification Dr. Jake has completed.

Education & Career History

Below is a partial timeline of Dr. Jake's education and career history.

  • May 2004

    Bachelor of Arts, Elmira College

    Triple major in psychology, music theory and composition, and philosophy and religion. Dr. Jake was recognized as Outstanding Philosophy and Religion Student by the department chair.

  • Summer 2004

    Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Mont Belvieu, TX

    A 13 year ministry as the lead pastor of the local congregation, which concluded in the summer of 2017.

  • May 2010

    Master of Divinity, 
    Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

    Studied biblical Greek and Hebrew, systematic theology, church history, and pastoral leadership.

  • December 2014

    Master of Theology in Spirituality and Ethics, 
    The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

    In this advanced graduate research degree, coursework and research focused on spiritual formation and ethics.

  • December 2016

    Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Lamar University

    In this CACREP–accredited program, Dr. Jake met the educational requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas.

  • Spring 2017

    Founder & President, Daring Ventures Counseling, Coaching, and Consultation, LLC

    Established a private practiced focused on treating those affected by addiction and trauma. The Daring Ventures Team has grown to include 5 master–level therapists and three recovery coaches.

  • Fall 2017

    Founder & President,
    The Daring Ventures Initiative, Inc.

    This 501(c)3 non–profit organization partners with other community organizations, educational institutions, churches, and similar groups to provide education and training to those affected by trauma and addiction. This non–profit has already been instrumental in a number of statewide initiatives. 

  • 2018

    Advanced Training in Attachment–Based Modalities, Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) & Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT)

    Completed all levels of Emotion Focused Therapy Training, and began training in Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy. Finished Level II of PACT training in 2019.

  • May 2019

    Doctor of Education, 
    The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

    Coursework included doctoral seminars in leadership, cultural and organizational change, and human development. Dr. Jake's doctoral thesis was entitled Affect Social Neurobiology and Student Formation: A Transdisciplinary Multimethod Study

  • Fall 2019

    Appointed Assistant Professor of Counseling, 
    Houston Graduate School of Theology

    In addition to teaching responsibilities, Dr. Jake is also the Director of the Doctor of Professional Counseling Program and Director of the Office of Evaluation.

  • Fall 2019

    Certified Leadership Coach,
    The Doerr Institute of Rice University

    The CoachRICE training from the globally renowned Rice University is one of the top coaching programs in the world.

  • Summer 2020

    Major Daring Ventures Expansion, Launching Daring Ventures Recovery, the At Home Library, and Daring Ventures Leadership

    In its first major expansion, Daring Ventures has grown to offering a digital resource library and leadership coaching and training organization.

Dr. Jake's Services


    Dr. Jake provides relational psychotherapy, typically for couples in an intensive format.


    From churches to non–profits, training to conferences, Dr. Jake engages audiences with expertise.


    Leadership coaching for executives, therapists, and other counselors ready for growth.


    Dr. Jake is a passionate teaching, offering coursework online through DV@Home and formally at HGST.


    Bringing expertise to the areas of program design, practice building, and organizational change.


    Training on clinical, leadership, and organizational skills, for both teams and individuals.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

  • The Second Annual Spectrum of Sexuality Summit

    Hosted by Santé Center for Healing, this virtual event will take place August 7, 2020. Dr. Jake's topic is, ""Treating Chronic Shame in Sexually Addicted Clients: A Developmental Neurobiological Approach." Register here.

  • Speaking and Listening in Truth and Love

    This next installment in Dr. Jake's Life Hacks for Your Love Life Webinar Series will take place on July 28, 2020, at 7pm Central. Discover how to create connection through communication. Register for this even here.

  • Dr. Jake Porter's Professional Facebook Page

    Find many videos and resources shared by Dr. Jake on his professional Facebook Page. These include expert interviews, webinars, live Q&As, and more. You can find the page here.

Daring Ventures Recovery
Dr. Jake's Counseling Practice

What is Daring Ventures Recovery (DVR)?

What services does DVR offer?

Can I work with Dr. Jake at DVR?

Do I have to come to Houston?

The Daring Ventures At Home Library

  • On-Demand Digital Resources

    The Daring Ventures At Home Library is an ever-growing digital inventory of resources from Dr. Jake and other experts on important topics, such as addiction, trauma, relational dynamics, and more. Many of the resources provided are free to any who would benefit from them. 


    DV@Home hosts a number of webinars, both live and on-demand. Resources can be accessed individually, but an All Access Membership allows for full access to any resource in the library!

What others say...

You sparked my love of learning and I am now brimming with new ideas and strategies. I'm devouring again some things I have read before with renewed enthusiasm and new eyes! 

Dr. Fran Hopwood

Holding Hope Coaching, The UK

Jake has a unique combination of clinical skills, intelligence and compassion. I would highly recommend him.

Enod Gray, LCSW, CSAT

Author, Neglect: The Silent Abuser

Dr. Jake is really knowledgeable and passionate about what he does. He knows how to motivate you in a unique enthusiastic way by his amazing ability to quickly get to the heart of what is really important to you... I can frankly say that Jake helped me to gain new awareness and a fresh perspective resulting in great success in my endeavors.

Justyna Bukowska-Kania, PhD

Founder, LifeFamilyCoach.com

My coaching experience with Dr. Jake Porter was eye-opening and impactful. Dr. Porter helped me gain insight into my blind spots and habits that had been holding me back. I had a firm plan of action and I felt encouraged and confident that I could reach my goals at the end of our work. He demonstrated tremendous insight, caring and guidance while keeping me focused on my goals. 

Gia Washington Readoux, PhD

Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas

Jake Porter and I studied at The Doerr Institute together. During our coaching session I found Jake to be a very thoughtful listener, picked up on the hidden issues that I had not seen, and most importantly, never judged negatively. Dr. Jake has a natural coaching style. His ability to put his clients at ease. He can discuss even the most delicate or painful issue with extraordinary empathy.

Kathy Forney

Founder, Forney Search and Coaching

I have known Jake Porter for approximately 8 years. He impressed me from the moment we met. He is caring and compassionate. He is dedicated to learning and growing professionally to best help clients on their journey. His ability to pull various ideas together to best help clients is extraordinary, and I look forward to his contributions to the field. I have every confidence in recommending Jake!

Tami VerHelst

Chief Relationship Officer, Seeking Integrity LLC

Contact Dr. Jake

If you are interested in psychotherapy or couple therapy, please contact the Daring Ventures Recovery Offices at 855.602.2554.


If you are interested in coaching, consultation, or training with Dr. Jake, or if you'd like to invite him to speak, use the email or phone below.

  • Address

    3100 Edloe St.
    Suite 210

    Houston, TX 77027

  • Email Support


  • Phone

    +1 855-602-2554

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