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
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.
Keeping a Journal
Great minds have almost always passed down their wisdom through writing. It is a basic way to communicate ideas and thoughts. This video discussed how this can be very powerful tool in self development and personal insight.
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.