My Approach to Helping
I believe that everyone is dealt a different hand in life, and sometimes we have to walk difficult paths. The experiences we have help shape the way we view ourselves, the world, and others. When these views become distorted or when we feel that we aren't being authentic to our own values and beliefs, we may have trouble coping. Counseling can help us explore our views and beliefs and encourage us to see things differently, reach goals, learn healthier coping skills, or live a more authentic life.
I work collaboratively with my clients, and I help them on their journey of learning to live a happier, healthier life. I view all of my clients through a multicultural lens and take into account the way gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and more can impact their experience. No two people are exactly alike, and that's one of the things I enjoy the most about working with people.
More Info About My Practice
Johnston received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Alabama and her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from UAB. During her graduate degree, Johnston maintained a 4.0 GPA and graduated with honors. Johnston is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA), and the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling of Alabama (ALGBTICAL). Johnston is an Associate Licensed Counselor working under the supervision of Janice Martin, EdD, LPC-S.
Johnston has experience in both research and clinical settings. During her undergraduate degree, Johnston volunteered as a research assistant in multiple labs. As a graduate student, she completed her internship at UAB's Community Counseling Clinic. At the UAB CCC, Johnston worked with clients from various cultural backgrounds who were dealing with a wide variety of issues. Johnston uses an integrative approach to help her clients. Her treatment orientation integrates Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Existentialism, Gestalt Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy. She likes to incorporate art and mindfulness into her counseling, as well.
My Role as a Therapist
As a therapist, it's my job to walk alongside you on your path to a happier and more authentic life. While I may be skilled in my field, I believe that clients are the experts of their own lives. I can assist my clients by teaching them about their mental health, guiding them toward the answers they seek, and providing the positive regard and warmth they need to succeed.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
The number one most important part of counseling is having a solid alliance between therapist and client. I pride myself on my ability to build rapport with my clients, regardless of background or presenting problem. The unconditional positive regard and warmth that a therapist provides are the most important factors in therapeutic change.