Lesli  Johnson, MFT

Lesli Johnson, MFT

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: MFT - MFC40345
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 02140
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Office 1
200 E Del Mar Blvd Suite 119
Pasadena, California 91105 - United States
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Office 2
9107 Wilshire Blvd Suite 200
Beverly Hills, California 90210 - United States
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I have seen how the powerful process of psychotherapy helps people cope with life challenges and find inner strength. Therapy reduces the symptoms of depression, suffering and anxiety and promotes resilience. Additionally it helps improve communication and understanding in relationships. Effective psychotherapy elicits change and guides people toward living more authentically. I realize that people often seek help at their most vulnerable times. I am aware of of this as I guide my clients toward a better understanding of themselves and their inner world, thereby allowing for emotional growth, peace and the attainment of personal goals.

My current practice includes a variety of clientele including adult individuals struggling with depression, anxiety and relationship difficulties. I also work with couples, adolescents and children. I have special expertise in working with members of the adoption and foster care community: adoptees, adoptive parents, foster youth and birth/first parents. Additionally I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy and TRM (Trauma Resiliency Model).

I co-facilitate two monthly adoption support groups in my community. AdoptCONNECT is a group for all adult members of the adoption and foster care community. AdoptCONNECT meets the 3rd Thursday of each month, 7-8:30pm at Five Acres in Pasadena. Teen AdoptCONNECT, a group for teens who were adopted, meets at my office in Pasadena the 2nd Thursday of each month 7-8:30pm. Please contact me directly for more information.

Personal therapy is a unique collaboration between the therapist and the client(s). I work from a relational framework and I am dedicated to helping my clients connect the dots of their story in order to achieve understanding, clarity, emotional resilience and a general sense of well-being. I utilize attachment theory, EMDR, interpersonal neurobiology and mindfulness practices in my work with clients. I nurture a trusting relationship in my practice where clients feel safe to explore their thoughts and feelings. I contribute my knowledge, skills and the willingness to do my very best. Your commitment to the process will also be an important factor in our work together.

Email or Call Lesli Johnson, MFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 02140

More Info About My Practice


Individual Therapy:
Individual therapy generally takes place once a week for 50 minutes although the frequency and length of our session may vary depending on treatment needs. 75 and 100-minute sessions are also available.

Couples Therapy:
Couples therapy sessions generally occur weekly for a 50 0r 75-minute session. The frequency of our meetings may vary depending on treatment needs.

Family, Child and Adolescent Therapy:
Family, child and adolescent therapy generally takes place once a week for a 45-50 minute session depending on the age of the child and treatment needs.

EMDR Therapy:
Sometimes our current reactions are fueled by negative beliefs stemming from events that occurred in the past. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an integrative therapy that is effective in helping people get "un-stuck." EMDR therapy is proven to be the most rapid and effective psychological treatment for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and is fast becoming the treatment of choice for anxiety, depression and many other symptoms.

AdoptCONNECT: Support groups for the Adoption and Foster care community:
Please contact me directly for the monthly group schedule. I currently co-facilitate AdoptCONNECT, a group for all adult members of the adoption and foster care community and Teen AdoptCONNECT, a group for adopted teens.

Crisis Intervention Services:
I served as Executive Supervisor of the Maple Center's Crisis Response Team for more over a decade. I worked alongside police fire and sheriff's personnel, responding on-scene to critical incidents (auto accidents, suicides, school and work place violence, etc). Today I provide private crisis intervention work and incident debriefings. Immediate crisis intervention that takes place soon after a critical incident occurs may prevent PTSD and other symptoms related to experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event.

Clinical Supervision for MFT Interns:
I am a CAMFT certified supervisor, providing clinical supervision for interns working toward licensure.

Consulting Services:
I offer a variety of consulting services for businesses in transition to support employees and prevent work-place anxiety during times of transition. I am also available to consult with newly licensed therapists to help them grow their private practices.

In-Home Sessions:
In-home therapy can be helpful for women suffering from postpartum depression and families acclimating to a new baby in the home. Clients with chronic illnesses that do not allow them mobility to attend weekly office sessions may also benefit from In-home sessions. Additionally, in-home consults can be utilized as an adjunct when working with children and teens to assist with transitions, developmental and school issues.

Phone and Skype Sessions:
I offer flexible appointment times for clients who travel often or are unable to attend regular office sessions. (Phone and Skype sessions are provided only after initial intake information has been gathered in person.)

I offer convenient day and evening appointments in both Beverly Hills and Pasadena locations.

It is easiest to reach me directly by phone or email. I generally am able to return calls within a few hours however will always get back to you within 24 hours.

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Home-Based Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Members of the adoption and foster care community: adoptees, adoptive parents, first/birth parents, adoptive and foster families.

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fertility Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Parenting
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress
  • Workplace Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Play Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Solution Focused Therapy

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