Let's be honest, how are you really feeling today? Do you feel calm, peaceful, and harmonic with yourself or do you feel stressed and anxious? Whatever your answer, you deserve to feel better. I will help you improve the quality of your life, overcome your fears, anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, stressors, grief, and more. I specialize in treating PTSD and trauma. I have extensive training and experience in the military population and work with active duty, veterans, and dependents. I also work with civilians as well!
Dr. Heather Johnson San Diego Psychologist Trauma/PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Grief
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Heather Johnson (she/her), Dual PhD
Dr. Heather Johnson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY27023) practicing in the San Diego. She has over 15 years of experience working with individual adults. She also coordinates cutting-edge research studies on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She has extensive training and experience with the military population, including active duty, veterans, and dependents. She also works with civilians struggling with PTSD/Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Life transitions, and Stress.
Dr. Johnson completed her Honor's Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at the Oregon State University Honors College in Corvallis, Oregon. She completed her Master's of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology at Pacific University in Oregon. She completed her Master's of Science Degree in Psychology and Dual Clinical and Industrial-Organizational Psychology PhD from Alliant International University in San Diego, California. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with family and friends and enjoy the sunny weather!
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Dr. Heather Johnson
Psychotherapy is one of the most effective and efficient ways to facilitate personal growth and sustainable life change. Psychotherapy is an evolving process. Some people call it "talk therapy or counseling." However, current brain research teaches us that we are wired for growth and healing. A positive, responsive, and safe therapeutic relationship produces chemicals and hormones which enhance the development of higher brain function and the regulation of emotions and stress. We are all striving for connection, understanding, and growth. The more these desires are thrown off by trauma, deprivation, neglect, or loss, the more profound and painful the longings and needs can become. Psychotherapy addresses our basic human desire to grow, heal, transform and become our true and best selves. How Can Psychotherapy Help Me? The science and art of psychotherapy is based on the ability to identify particular aspects of a person that calls for adjustment or transformation. And while we all face challenges in life, identifying where we are getting stuck is vital in understanding how we organize our inner world: the place where we experience doubt, fear, guilt, anxiety, grief, anger, and hopelessness. Unlike so many external events, our inner worlds can be explored, understood, and managed. By taking the time to understand our thoughts, feelings, and choices; we may begin to quiet the past and change how we address the future. Psychotherapy can be a challenging process at times, but in return, a sense of energy and vitality occurs when we are in harmony with our values, purpose, and actions. Psychotherapy offers the possibility of real and lasting change, a reduction in suffering, and an increase in the overall quality of life. How Long Does Psychotherapy Take? Each psychotherapy session is usually 55 minutes. Initial sessions are usually 60 minutes. With regard to the length of psychotherapy treatment, it's different for everyone. The length of psychotherapy treatment depends on how much you want to accomplish. You decide how in-depth you want to go in your psychotherapy.
Specialities: PTSD/Trauma; Depression; Anxiety; Grief and Loss; Adjustment Issues Related to Life Events (moving, divorce, etc); Parenting; Health and Wellness; Identity and Life Goals; Mindfulness and Stress Management; Relationship Challenges; Career Issues; Perfectionism, Shame, Worthlessness; Personal Growth and Self-Acceptance
Sessions may last 50-60 minutes, depending on your needs. I am an in-network provider for Tricare and Managed Health Network (MHN which manages most mental health plans for Health Net). At this time, I am out-of-network for other insurances; however, most insurance health plans will pay a significant portion of therapy services with an invoice or "superbill". I also accept Private Payment--Please reach out for current rates
Diversity makes us stronger. I believe in diversity, social justice, and affirming all human rights. This is a safe, affirming practice for all clients