Would you like to respond to life’s difficulties with insight, calmness, and purpose?
It can be a struggle to stay emotionally grounded.  Dr. Patti Johnson provides a lifeline of well-researched solutions to the difficult situations that challenge you daily.

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EmMa™ provides simple tips, tools, and techniques from psychological research that you can use to reduce anxiety and feel better – and it will show you how to respond to worry and negative thoughts in healthy and adaptive ways.

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THERAPY APPROACH

The purpose of therapy is goal directed conversation in the service of change. The goal is rapid recovery from painful emotions, destructive relationship patterns, habits or addictions, and troublesome history all of which keep you from living your life fully and effectively.

Most individuals coming to therapy welcome an approach that targets rapid recovery from what is troubling them. To accomplish this, I integrate several well researched therapeutic models including
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Positive Psychology, and Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) among others. Research consistently shows that people who participate in psychotherapy improve.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM ME?

My role is to help each client feel completely safe, understand and clarify concerns, provide confidence in my ability to help, and provide information that is easy to digest and put into action.

My passion is the practice and art of psychotherapy, and seeing the wonderful changes in mood and behavior that my clients experience. Many of my clients are referrals from previous clients. This
suggests that they feel confident in referring their friends and families knowing that I can help them. Every client can expect a place of compassion where each individual is listened to with respect and empathy, kindness, acceptance, and occasional humor as the ability to laugh promotes healing. I am a consumer of current research in the field, so clients can expect up-to-date treatment strategies that have been shown to get results.

THERAPY PROCESS

The therapy process begins with genuine listening and understanding of your concerns. The next step involves agenda setting to decide your goals and changes that you would like to make in different areas such as; mood, relationships, habits, patterns or other areas impinging on your overall well-being.

We will use therapeutic techniques, tools, and strategies, all grounded in psychological research, that will help you feel better and solve problems. In other areas, the focus will be on reducing reactivity through emotional management strategies that you can implement to reduce unwanted feeling and improve mood. Therapy is not just about feeling better; it is about getting better at feeling. You can feel sad, anxious, worried or angry and not be overwhelmed by these feelings, nor do they have to interfere with your ability to enjoy your day or relationships.

WHAT WILL I ASK FROM YOU?

The most important thing each client can bring to therapy is “willingness”. Willingness is one secret ingredient to therapeutic success. For example clients will be asked to:

  • Complete Brief Mood Self-Assessments to monitor the effectiveness of treatment.
  • Do therapy homework in between sessions. Research shows that clients who do therapy homework between sessions make the most gains, and those that don’t are slower to improve.
  • Therapy homework may involve reading, tracking moods or behaviors, writing thoughts and feelings; or trying a new approach to a problem. These will be suggestions, and you always get to decide if it’s useful to you, or something you are willing to try.
  • You will be encouraged to look at things differently in order to create perceptual shifts that lead to insight and understanding, and learn new ways to respond to events, people or your own feelings.