Focused Counseling & Therapy, LLC.

Personal, Applicable, Hopeful

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                          Why Not Just Speak to a Friend or Family Member?


At times we all need someone who will listen. Somethings can be so sensitive or difficult we cannot talk to those involved. Maybe we need to discuss such issues with those we are closest to us but can't or don't know how without causing conflict. 


We all have relationships. These include those with others and ourselves. These can become “complicated” and impact our ability to function in our lives and cause significant distress (individually and in relationships), often leading to poor coping/adapting skills, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and other issues. Situations in life can also change and cause distress and conflict.


Other times we want to grow personally and/or professionally and develop but not sure how!


These are just some of the ways a good counselor or therapist can help and is different than talking to a good friend or family member. A safe place where you can be open, honest, safe and free from judgment!

Focused Counseling & Therapy Services
Below are a few of  our primary areas of service. 

Personalized Counseling, Managing Tough Changes, Group Therapy, We Are What We Think,

Power of Perspective, When the Storm Rages, Work Life Balance, Serious Mental Illness

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Personalized Counseling

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.

Managing Tough Changes

Changes at times can be simple as moving to being  complicated like divorce or devastating like grief. Such changes are often traumatic. These can cause anxiety, depression and other serious issues. There are many factors that impact how we successfully manage such events. Some are effective where others can make us feel lost or become problematic. These factors may be related and influenced beyond the event itself. These can be related to the past, present and future. We will figure it out and develop a plan to manage such events. It is a journey where you are not alone. We can help you get the support you need. Times like these can help us define who we are and who we want to be.

Group Therapy

Although individual counseling works great, it is not uncommon to experience a feeling of loneliness at times. In our modern society, where technology has replaced face to face interaction and communication, people are often feeling more stressed, anxious, depressed and isolated than ever. However you are not alone. We often find support in each other.  We share in common more than that which differentiates us. This may can give us the strength we need to move forward.  Groups will be specific and open at times. I will be glad to talk to you about these and ease your concerns and answer any questions. Groups usually include 6 to12 people at most.

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.

When The Storm Rages

Storms can rage but usually do pass but can leave a mess. You may be in the midst of one right now. What to do? Which steps should be taken? What plans should be made? What do you do when it is over and you are faced with the aftermath? What if the storm stays, how do we cope? These can definitively be sources of dysfunction, despair and distress. Well we will take this journey with you. We will be a resource and be able to give you a list of resources you can utilize.  The storms will come, they will rage and pass. Our services are here your help you as life's storms rage and pass and we develop a plan on what to do after.

Work, Life Balance

As a Human Resources consultant, I have seen people bring work related stress home and vice versa. This can have a devastating effect on families. These are learned behaviors and habits and can be unlearned. Is your work life unbalanced? Does it  cause stress at home or the office? We will discuss why and how it became this way and what can be done. If you work 8+ hours a day and are miserable or stressed you will take that home. Likewise if home life is a source of distress then it will impact your work. This can be worked on and improved it just takes effort and commitment. Life is often a series of habits and work life balance is a habit that may need to be adjusted. This can be difficult so we will begin where you are and take realistic steps.

Serious Mental Illness

When you meet with us whether you are in the middle of a storm of life or just struggling to find direction in life we are here to help.  However, there are times when symptoms go beyond what can be addressed in therapy. I am not saying we can't help but some symptoms may require a referral to other resources. If this is the case we will be there with you along the way. We want to make sure you get the proper referrals you need and sometimes issues can be biological in nature and thus may need a biological treatment. We work with people who can help you on this journey.  Although medicine can definitely assist with symptoms it can't fix the issues that cause the symptoms.  This is where it all works together.  Medication can assist in dealing with anxiety but does not help deal with the situation causing us anxiety.

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

I encourage you to watch the short video to get an idea of what to expect when you visit.


The stigma of going to a counselor or therapist is fading rapidly. Our services are designed with one purpose in mind and that is you.  We will discuss what is going on in your life, which direction you want to go and how to get there.  Our services go beyond traditional psychotherapy to personal and professional development.  Cost for our services are generally $50.00 per session.  A session can last 1 to 2 hours.  Our goal is for sessions to end organically and not stopped arbitrarily due to time constraints.

MEDIA


Mental & Physical Health Intertwined

For many years mental health has not been talked about openly. It is extremely misunderstood thank to the media and general past ignorance. The fact is that mental health can be as important and impactful as physical health. This video clarifies mental health an how it relates to physical health and they both are important.

Adultery - The True Cost

Some may look at the "statistics" of adultery and become discouraged. This one action almost always comes up in therapy as a first memory of pain and disappointment in a child who has grown up and find their life problematic. This video discusses ways and why adultery occurs. If what I say in this video touches just one person and prevents them from making this mistake than it is worth it. I AM NOT discussing abusive and/or toxic relationships here. That is a whole other issue.

Common Humanity

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.

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

Marriage "for Worse"

In marriage vows we often say for better or worse. Somehow how we have taken for worse and think finances or down times in the marriage or when we hit a rough patch. People will end the marriage to the "for worse" when what they often consider the "for worse" to be is just a difficult season in their marriage so the bolt. This is becoming increasingly common. This video will address this and why it is serious problem. Not talking about infidelity or abuse

Embracing the "F" word

We live in a world where we are constantly told to succeed at all costs. Where failure is not considered an option. Success in of it self is not bad. What is considered bad is when fail and we give up. Failure is often what can lead us to success cause it makes us work harder, learn and discover what does not work, and become more resilient. The the worst thing that can happen is to fail and quit trying which also does happen.

Your Amazing World of Dreams

We spend almost a quarter of our life sleeping, During that time we most often dream, even if you cannot remember them. Basically you live in an alternate reality that is in a world all your own. They can be vastly different and at times profound. Do not take them for granted.

Stubbornly Hopeful!

I have been asked why on my materials the word hopeful is there when sometimes there seems to be no hope. Well even in the darkest season of our life hope my may not be apparent but it is there and may manifest later. I have yet to see a situation devoid of hope.

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.

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.

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.

Struggle Between Presented &Authentic Help

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.

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.

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!

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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 .

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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.

CONTACT US

We are conveniently located in downtown Daphne on Main Street.  We are easy to find with a large sign out front.  We look forward to hearing from you.  Even if you just have some questions about our practice we would be glad to speak with you.  Don't feel pressured to share personal information. Thanks.