You are more than just a client coming to our office. You are an individual with a story as important and diverse as anyone else. You are the expert on your life and I am a guide. Life can go sideways. At times issues arise that can trigger challenges leading to dysfunction, despair, distress even suicidal ideations. We might not even know why they are there, but they are and they need to be addressed. In our sessions we will have goals, plans, ideas of what we want to accomplish. Our ultimate goal is to make you more whole. I use no pre-prescribed treatment but an organic approach with you at the lead and me beside you as we take this journey together! Sometimes we can all just use a helping and sincere ear and a different perspective.
We Are What We Think
You woke up and started having thoughts. Maybe they were positive like it will be a great day, looking forward to work. Maybe you woke with thoughts of dread, of how today will be miserable and how others will ruin your day. Such thoughts can dictate how your day begins and evolves. Our thoughts are words and WORDS HAVE POWER. In 3 minutes you can uplift someone and encourage or discourage them. The same is true for ourselves. These automatic thoughts are learned from our past and reinforced in the present. We will find out what they are, why they exist and how to change them together! This is often a cause of relational/personal stress.
Power of Perspective
We tend to believe we know who we are. Maybe you do. You are a culmination of life experiences influenced by events and relationships. These interact in ways we may not be aware of. We may also think we know what other think of us. We can probably all think of times we were wrong about that. For your whole life you have been given messages of who you are, what's important and what makes you of value. Have you truly evaluated if these are true? Are there things that cause you distress and not sure why? Maybe you assume everyone loves you or the thought of relationships with others scare you. There is a reason why and it can be overcome.
Meet Jason C. Johnson, MA, ALC
My goal as a counselor/therapist is to bring a high and genuine level of caring, empathy and hope to every session. My counseling and therapy is interpersonal focused with an emphasis on cognitive and emotional healing. Sessions are goal focused with the plan to work together to help you feel whole, healed and ready to move forward in life. If you have questions about me, my background and experience feel free to call or e-mail me and I would be happy to speak with you! When not working or spending time with family I enjoy working with many groups. These include those with addictions, adults and the elderly. I work under the supervision of Cheryl Bray, MS, LPC-S.
What to Expect and Cost
Foundations of Mental Health
Mental health treatment can be very effective. This video describes 3 essential foundations that will make any plans, goals, learning new skills, developing coping mechanisms that much better. These tend be overlooked but they are a must for individual success.
Power, Sex, Drugs, Corruption
Most people do not seek out to be a corrupt person. However, they can put themselves into positions where the likelihood of becoming corrupt is increased. This video discusses one way via basic human cravings.
We have so many things that are told that divide us that it seems everyone is divided. These divisions are often based on ideologies. News media loves to exploit these. When you remove these ideologies (e.g. politics, religion) you see that we have more in common than not. This is especially true with our common experience and humanity.
Priming a Conversation
Communication really is an art although it seems basic. This video talks about how to frame a potential difficult conversation in a way that can minimize chances for conflict.
Why I Made my Client Cry
At times we can define our identity in terms of solid pedestals (e.g, honest). When such pedestals are shaken or falter we feel distress because our identity seems to have crumbled or cracked. This video provides an example of how this happens, how to avoid it and understand that identity is not a set standard but a constant process of becoming.
A Message to Child Abusers
Child abuse may just take a moment or may last for a long period of time. Either way it can cause extreme damage. If you find yourself abusing a child. Please stop, think and get help. I beg you. Do not emotionally cripple a child due to lack of control, temper issues, substance use or impulses.
There are many resources on childhood development. However, it seems once someone hits 18 or adulthood then they are "developed" However we due continue to develop throughout our adult years. These should also be considered and used as an evaluation and self assessment tool. Not all kids develop equally and not all adults do. This video discusses why this is important. .
Breaking the Cycle
Many times abuse and other problematic behaviors can become a generational norm. The norm is thus used by an adult to deal with stressful situations. They get upset at their kids or spouse and that generational norm kicks in and they react poorly and usually regret it. Some of the strongest people I have met have made the decision to break that cycle. Instead they choose to be loving, caring and nurturing. Not always easy and often times my clients are dealing with this. But it CAN be done.
You do not have to look far or long for bad news about this virus. It is in our face 24 hours. Yet there is another story that should be shared. That is the amazing extent people are going to help each other and incredible acts of kindness which should give us all hope.
Self Care and Corona
People are panicking. This is the trial of a generation. Definitely one for this century. Many feel helpless, some are terrified and hysterical with fear. The plan to get through this is through objective knowledge and action. This video discusses the role of fear and the importance of objectivity and self care during this time .
Just Tell Them
Often as time goes by we just assume that those in our life know how we feel. We assume they know all the ways they impact us for good. So nothing is said, our relationship gets in a rut, and it impacts us negatively. We then are confused at the state of distress we may be in or our relationship. This video discusses why telling someone how you feel over just assuming they know can truly change the dynamics of the relationship.
Passion and Purpose
People come to see me at my Practice for many reasons. I can often place a certain percentage in broad categories, those with passion with purpose and those with with out. Passion and purpose are not the same but do compliment each other. A life without either, or one or without the other can become problematic when the external and internal storms of life occur. This often leads people to a place I call the void. This is what this video discusses.
Money, Purpose and Meaning
Money is often idolized in our country. Yes money can lessen stressors when it comes to the necessities of life but it does not give us purpose or meaning. When our primary goal is to make more money we may find our selves in a nice car and clothes but potentially devoid of meaning and purpose. Now you can have all three. The problem is when we think the money is ultimate goal and it in itself will give us meaning and purpose.
Grief Moving Forward
Grief due to the loss of a loved one is probably one of the worst pains. When it happens to us it devastates our world. We are bombarded by platitudes that it will get better and time heals. This video is a raw look at grief but ends with why there is hope and how you know when you are moving forward.
Presented Vs. Authentic Self
Every day we wake up and put on a presentation of what we want others to think about us, who we want to be a be perceived as. Then we go deeper to find our authentic self. Sometimes the person we present and the authentic self does not mesh. Friction then occurs and problems arise. This video go into detail as to why.
From Suicide to Hope
Suicide attempts are rising. Many do not understand it. They can even get mad at the person who does the act. That is understandable. However, it is important to understand why someone would consider suicide and the warning signs. You may just save a life.
Blast from the Past
On specific days like valentines or anniversaries we may tell our significant other what they mean to us. We then spend the next 350+ days talking and likely having some conflicts which is common. Now during the year at random times remind the other of how you fell in love, what you love(d) about them and how you value them. It might just change the dynamics of your relationship (for the better).
Impact of Infidelity on Children
Many people cheat on their spouses or committed partners. This in of it self is terrible but when children are involved it gets much worse. It can negatively impact them for life and damage self-image, ability to trust and hurt relationships before they even enter one.
Belief helps drive our daily lives and decisions. The fact is sometimes these are wrong and can be destructive. These beliefs are often based on assumptions of past experiences, things we have been told and seen. We should spend time validating them!.
Whether personal or in relationships at times we want ourselves or others to change. This is extremely difficult. often times It seems impossible cause of the mesh of influences that make us who we are. Now as for others we can't change them but we can influence them and take steps towards self-improvement ..
Today I was struck learning how a favorite singer of mine recently died of an overdose at 46 . I am not far from that age and realized clearly that Generation X is now "middle aged". "Midlife crisis" has been discussed thoroughly enough. So this video is more about what commonalities got us here and why the 40s are as important as our 20s. Especially in regards to our physical/mental health and potential future.
Penn State did a great study on love and not surprising they found verbal and physical affection important. I would like to propose another factor and welcome your feedback. A question we rarely ask but actually consider more than we realize and one of an essential nature.