Welcome

Patti Johnson, Psy.D.Clinical Psychologist

My passion is the practice and art of psychotherapy and seeing the wonderful changes in mood and behavior that my clients experience.

Welcome to my practice. I provide individual therapy for adults, and relationship therapy for couples. I am a licensed psychologist with a telehealth practice throughout the state of CA.  I have over 18 years of experience providing psychotherapy. From my years of experience,I know that therapy can be a rewarding process for cultivating insight, understanding yourself and others, healing painful experiences, and facilitating the development of interpersonal skills that make for profound and lasting changes in an individual’s life. 

How I Can Help

You can expect a place of compassion where you will be listened to with respect, empathy, and acceptance. We will work collaboratively, clarifying your concerns and setting goals for treatment that match your needs.  Not only will therapy will help you feel better, but it will also help you get better at feeling.  We are all entitled to a full range of feelings in our life, but knowing how to process our feelings, express them safely, manage them effectively, and set boundaries with others is a learning process. A process that many of us were not taught, so we end up with all sorts of buried, painful, and unexpressed feelings that keep us stuck in repetitive behavior cycles. You will be encouraged to look at things differently that create perceptual shifts that lead to insight and understanding. You will learn new ways to respond to events, people, and your own feelings. I prefer an interactive role with my clients. Psychological research has demonstrated the effectiveness of techniques and strategies to change unwanted thoughts, painful emotions, destructive relationship patterns, and unhelpful behavior. It is not enough to only talk about your concerns, we all need strategies and techniques that we can learn in therapy and apply outside of therapy. I will provide information and guidance on how best to use psychological techniques and strategies to get relief from emotional distress, relationship conflict, and the other stressors impacting your daily life.  ​ If you choose to work with me, I will guide you in applying the insight you will gain. You will be encouraged to 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 an article, listening to a podcast, 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.

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 I will provide information and guidance on how best to use psychological techniques and strategies to get relief from emotional distress, relationship conflict, and the other stressors impacting your daily life.

 

Therapy Specialties

If you choose to work with me, I will guide you in applying the insight you will gain. You will be encouraged to 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 an article, listening to a podcast, 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.

These are the type of issues I regularly work on with individuals in my practice:

  • Managing anxiety and depression

  • Stopping panic attacks

  • Coping with stress

  • Understanding and reducing anger

  • Relationship issues and concerns

  • Managing conflict in relationships

  • Identify and reduce triggers that create painful emotional reactions

  • Ending destructive habits

  • Divorce recovery

  • Overcoming fears and insecurities

  • Personal growth and transitions

  • Defining and reaching wellness goals

  • Parenting guidance

  • Embracing spirituality and mindfulness

 

New Psychotherapy Clients

Currently, my psychotherapy services are being offered via telehealth through a HIPAA-compliant video platform. I am licensed in the state of California, so I can only provide therapy services to individuals who reside within the state of California.  If you are seeking services and do not reside in California, I recommend you go to the website – www.psychologytoday.com – enter your zip code, and you will see a list of qualified therapists in your area.
 

I understand that finding a therapist can be challenging, time-consuming and expensive. To that means, I want to make the process easier for you. While I am not accepting any insurances, I will provide you with a monthly billing statement for you to submit to your insurance company. I also believe in setting reasonable fees, and if you have out of network benefits, you will likely be reimbursed for a portion of the fee.  To learn more, select Psychotherapy from the menu where you’ll find my services, fees, policies, and guidelines for self-submitting to insurances. 

 

If you are interested in working with me, please email me using the, and we can set up a time for a phone call for you to ask me any questions you may have, and to see if you are a good candidate for teletherapy with me at this time.