Focused Counseling & Therapy, LLC.
Personal, Applicable, Hopeful
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 When You Enter Our Office
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.
They Were All Strangers Once
Absent maybe family at some point all of the people you are closest to and love were a "Stranger". The term "strange" itself causes thoughts of fear of the unknown, unease, anxiety, etc. This video will make you question this concept of what a "stranger" actually is and how it can impact you
Joy Trumps Happiness
"Be happy" is a phrase we often here. People can spend large parts of their life chasing happiness and ultimately find that it does not last. Media is also always trying to sell us items to make us "happy" It is a constant treadmill that can lead to depression, anxiety and hopelessness. Nothing is wrong with happiness, however it is typically external driven and temporary. Joy is often more intrinsic and lasts and impacts us way more than momentary happiness and this video explains why. Please if you disagree let me know.
Self Induced Trauma
Before the internet people would learn of traumatic events via evening news or paper. They would then react, process and move on with their lives. Now with 24 hour media and constant news we can watch a traumatic event over and over which can cause what one researcher called "vicarious trauma". This means that we our selves can be traumatized by over watching traumatic events. This video explains the concept and offers some guidance.
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.
Rationalizing with Teenagers
Most of us want the best for our teenagers. However, they are teenagers. They seem like mini adults so we try and rationalize their behaviors with them when the part of the brain for rationalizing is not done developing until 25. Here are tips.
Why Do I Feel So Alone?
Studies show that loneliness is on the rise even though we are "connected" via media. With that loneliness comes all kinds of potential problems ranging from depression, health deterioration to anxiety. This video addresses one of the potential reasons for this with and a practical solution.
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.