Katie Johnson, APCC

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

Supervised by Lisa Macedo, LMFT

  • Anxiety, Anger, & Social Skills
  • Depression & Grief
  • Relationship/communication concerns
  • Parenting
  • Ages: Children 12+, Teens, Adults, Family & Couples

Certifications

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness and/or Mindfulness Based CBT
  • Trauma Focused CBT

Experience 3 Years

 

Katie believes a therapeutic relationship is the key to effectively working together. She uses empathy, unconditional positive regard, and congruence in order to establish trust and safety throughout therapy. She uses evidence-based practices from cognitive-behavior therapy, dialectical-behavior therapy, and mindfulness in order to reduce any mental health discomfort. Katie is passionate about helping adolescence through adulthood who struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, adjustment to life transitions, grief, and relationship distress. She strives to collaborate throughout the therapy process in order to gauge what is working and not working for her clients. Katie hopes that her clients will adjust any unhelpful patterns while discovering their strengths to help guide them throughout life.

Katie is an associate professional clinical counselor (APCC) who completed her master’s degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Before moving to the desert, she lived in Ohio to complete her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Science at THE Ohio State University! She has varying experience working in the community, elementary schools, colleges, and the private practice setting.

Katie values the importance of self-care by spending time with her partner and enjoying nature through running, hiking, and, her new-found passion, mountain biking.

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” –Viktor Frankl

What is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)?

Professional counselor education and training standards for licensure are on par with marriage and family therapists and clinical social workers, the other two master’s level mental health providers in the state. Requirements for California’s Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCCs) include:

  • Possession of a 60-unit master’s or doctoral degree in counseling, or a closely related degree, from a regionally
    accredited or “approved” institution of higher education that includes certain core content areas
  • Completion of a minimum of 3,000 hours of post-master’s supervised clinical experience, performed over two years, and continuing education hours for renewal
  • Passage of the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) and a California Law & Ethics Exam
  • Adherence to a strict Code of Ethics and recognized standards of practice, as regulated by California’s Board of Behavioral Sciences

How can a LPCC help me?

Like other mental health professionals such as social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, LMFTs, LPCC’s help clients by diagnosing and treating common emotional and behavioral difficulties that interfere with functioning at an optimal level. LPCC’s use empirical-supported counseling techniques to help their clients achieve desired goals.