Berit Johnson Ph.D., Psychologist in Dallas, Texas, 75231

Berit Johnson

Ph.D.

Berit Johnson

Ph.D.

Professions: Psychologist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - 32099

Offices

10300 N. Central Expressway
Suite 510
Dallas, Texas 75231

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My Approach to Helping

I'm a clinical psychologist in private practice and welcome your questions about meeting with me. I trained at UT Southwestern, have been practicing since 2003, and work with older teens and adults, individuals and couples.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

My expertise is in helping people with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, attention problems, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress, addictions, chronic unhappiness and feelings of emptiness, chronic pain and illness, losses and life transitions.

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

Whatever symptoms or problems lead someone to pursue psychotherapy, I see its essential purpose as gaining self-awareness within a supportive relationship. Symptom relief and solutions tend to follow.

My Role as a Therapist

My role as a therapist is to provide a comfortable, professional setting for clients to work in. I strive to be present and attentive, helping clients continually develop reflection on their own mind.

My Therapy Focus

The focus of my therapy work includes: non-judgmentally observing self and others, delineating basic values, increasing engagement in the present, making use of emotional experience, investigating communication patterns, recognizing thought habits and interpretations of events.

What I Usually Need to Know to Help

Things I need to know to help include: how you're suffering, what's bringing you in right now, what you want your life to look like, what you believe and value, how much time you want to devote to therapy, and what specifically you hope to accomplish.

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

People are normally nervous about trying therapy. That response is natural because of the gravity of it. It's extremely challenging and potentially life-changing. I've heard people express fear (and hope) that therapy will change their personality, but it seems a good therapy rather allows you to become more yourself than you could be before.

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

You can trust what your instincts tell you about whether you have a good fit with a therapist. Theories and approaches are simply tools. It's the person of the therapist and your working alliance that best determine outcome. It's important to feel well understood and that you, the client, are consistently the focus of attention.

Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work

My theoretical influences are from psychoanalytic thought, behavioral neuroscience, mindfulness and Eastern meditation practice, and emotion-focused therapy for couples.

Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed

When approaching therapy, you might have a sense of failure to embody our culture's ideals of independence and rationality. The problem with those ideals is that when pursued inflexibly, they tend to leave us brittle and alienated, undermining our original intent. We are both independent and relational, rational and emotional. Like paying attention to the weather, we're better off when we pay attention these forces in our nature and account for their presence. Therapy is one way of accepting and making good use of emotion and needs for connection with others.

Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance

The client-therapist relationship is important because it is the agent of change in therapy. Clients should expect me to build and protect a working therapeutic alliance that allows them to do their work. I should be fully present but continually focused on my goal of getting my clients to reflect on themselves.

The Duration and Frequency of Therapy

In general, therapy takes as long as the client needs. Visits are typically held on a weekly basis. I also see clients twice weekly at times.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Care
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Women's Issues
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Psychodynamic
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