HOW ARE YOU, REALLY?

Individual Counseling

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.  

Dr. Heather Johnson                                        San Diego Psychologist              Trauma/PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Grief

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Heather Johnson, Dual PhD 

I can help you overcome

Depression

Stress/Anxiety

Grief

Trauma/PTSD

Meet Dr. Johnson

Dr. Heather Johnson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY27023) practicing in the Scripps Ranch area of San Diego. She has over 15 years of experience working with individual adults and adolescents. 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.

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 Forest Grove, Oregon. She completed her Master's of Science Degree in Psychology and Dual Clinical and Industrial-Organizational Psychology Doctoral Degree from Alliant International University in San Diego, California.  

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Dr. Heather Johnson

About Psychotherapy

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.

Fees and Insurance

My standard fee is $160 for an individual 55-minute therapy session.  Some sessions may last 55-60 minutes, depending on your needs. My fee is $200 for an initial session (60 minutes).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Can I Use My Insurance? 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. Most insurance plans do not reimburse the full fee; you are responsible for the agreed upon fee at the time of service. I can assist in this process by preparing a statement of services or "superbill". These statements may then be submitted by you for reimbursement directly from your insurance company. For more information, call your insurance provider and ask about your "behavioral health benefits". Policies vary widely and not all plans will provide reimbursement for an out-of-network provider. Insurance Accepted: Tricare MHN (Managed Health Network which manages most Health Net mental health plans) Private Payment Most clients have found that the direct pay option may be best suited for their needs. There are several advantages to paying for services directly, on an "as you go" basis. The direct pay option ensures your confidentiality, and allows treatment to be guided by clinical issues rather than restrictions and limitations imposed by your insurance provider. I accept checks, cash, flexible spending accounts, Paypal, or credit cards.