Annmarie Johnson, MA, LPC
Women, Couples, Families, Adolescents & Children
Philosophy and Approach
It takes courage and vulnerability to take the initial step to come to counseling. I believe people seek counseling because they want something to be different in their lives, and I believe that the client has the ability to make those changes happen. In the counseling process, clients can be helped to understand themselves better, set personal goals, and be supported in the course of this development. I aspire to meet you wherever you are in your life journey and it is my hope that through our work together you will feel valued, understood, and heard.
Since each person has been uniquely created, I avoid using the same approach to counseling for everyone and instead will try to modify treatment to meet your specific needs. My approach to treatment is collaborative, and I see it as a chance to create an opportunity for clients to see themselves as experts in their lives. I am passionate about helping others discover their potential, finding self-efficacy, and empowering clients to direct positive change in their lives. I use a strength-based perspective; building on the strengths of the client and a variety of theories and methods to best fit the client and their needs.
Through our therapeutic relationship we will work at your pace to begin to unleash the shame, destructive inner voices, and debilitating pain that is keeping you from living a life of connectedness and joy. My focus is to help people discover why they might be relating and behaving the way they are, and give them tools to create change, transforming their inner world and relationships. I consider it a privilege to be let into your journey, and it is my goal to create a safe space where you can feel comfortable exploring the concerns that led you to seek counseling.
As a Christian counselor, I believe that as people, we are comprised of psychological, physiological, relational, and spiritual aspects, and counseling will involve a holistic exploration of how all of these areas are interconnected. I also believe that you are made in the image of God and are therefore, uniquely valuable. I am passionate about therapy, and helping others experience the freedom that comes from exploring ourselves. I’d love to walk with you as you begin your own transformative process!
Formal Education and Training:
I hold a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Vanguard University. I hold a Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from George Fox University. Major coursework that I have completed during my graduate program includes: Principles & Techniques of Counseling, Psychopathology and Appraisal, Personality and Counseling Theory, Cultural Foundations and Social Justice, Addictions, Human Growth and Development, Human Sexuality, Career Development, Clinical Practicum, Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy, and Group Theory and Therapy.
Continuing Education and Supervision:
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with the State of Oregon (#C6345). To maintain my license, I am required to participate in ongoing continuing education every year, taking classes dealing with subjects relevant to my clients.
Payment for Services:
My fee for a clinical hour (50 minutes) is $185. Payment is made up front for each session. Currently, I do not accept insurance, however I am able to provide receipts for you to submit to your insurance company. Some sliding scale slots are available based on need and availability. In the event you need to cancel your session, please contact me within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment to not be charged for the session.
To make an appointment, please call me at 707-696-2071.