Greetings, my name is Deborah Johnson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I work with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adolescents, adults, and couples. My areas of expertise are working with depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, trauma-informed and focused, and co-occurring disorders.
I employ an eclectic approach, blending Eastern and Western philosophies. I have training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, EFT, Brain Spotting, motivational interviewing, and critical incident stress debriefing. I integrate mindfulness and other Eastern modalities to offer a holistic approach tailored to the individual client needs and/or preferences.
My typical client population is comprised of mood disorders, including Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder, a spectrum of Anxiety Disorders, including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Panic Disorder. I also work with individuals diagnosed with Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, and Dissociative Identity Disorder.
My communication style
I work to create a safe space in which a client feels heard, supported, and feels that the sessions are client-centered. Clients are invited to share as much, or as little information as they are comfortable sharing in any given session. I am soft-spoken, transparent, and love to use humor.
My journey to mental healthcare
I went back to college to become an RN, but changed majors when a psychology professor suggested that clinical social work might be a natural fit for me; she was right. I have a passion for working with my clients because each comes with a unique story, one which I'm honored to share.
My goals for you
Goals should be client-driven, so I invite my clients to share their goals for our work together. Goals are defined, discussed, and prioritized. Revisiting client goals often is important, because they can shift.
My first session with you
In a first session, I work on building the therapeutic alliance while doing a biopsychosocial assessment, so that I can get to know my client and the issues that they bring with them. Each client is unique, so it is through history that we start to forge a therapeutic relationship, and our work begins.