Therapist Spotlight: Adina Johnson, LPC
What self care techniques or activities do you do?
I enjoy exercising, spending time with friends and family, cooking and trying new restaurants, watching TV or Movies, and reading when I’m ready to wind down.
What made you become a therapist?
Working with couples and relationships is what brought me to the field. My parents separated when I was a child, and they were extremely mature, compassionate, and civil throughout the entire ordeal. They are both remarried, and I have a big happy and healthy blended family. I felt their actions through this process allow me to put faith in the possibility of amicable separations in a culture that experiences relationship termination at such a high rate. At this point in my career, I don’t ONLY want to work with couples. Instead I feel working to making people fulfilled and healthy on their own is a necessary first step to a functional and successful relationship, or lack there of.
What are your specialties?
Grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, general stress management, self-esteem, career issues, cultural adjustments, personality disorders, life transitions, and relationship concerns.
Did you have a career before becoming a therapist?
I did not. I’ve known I wanted to become a therapist for as long as I can remember, and I created an educational path for myself that would allow me to achieve this goal in a very direct way. However, outside of the mental health field I have been an athletic coach at a variety of levels, from intermediate to collegiate, for a total of 8 years
Why do you believe that counseling can help?
Some personality traits, coping skills, or behaviors may be maladaptive or no longer necessary for where we currently are in life. These things can interfere with our daily functioning, thought processes, relationships, and/or every day interactions. Counseling can help individuals explore their current life experience in relation to their past life experiences, and potentially uncover the origins and functions of these adaptations. A therapist can help reflect things that can be difficult to see or acknowledge alone, they can help hold the weight of things that may be too heavy to handle at the time, and they can help provide the skills and tools necessary to function successfully in the world.
Why is it important to seek counseling?
I feel it’s important for all of us to have an open, unbiased, non-judgmental, and communication based relationship. I feel this type of relationship is close to impossible to obtain in any way other than through a therapeutic alliance. Here, the therapist and client can work together to gain a very deep understanding of who they are and often why certain traits they have are presenting themselves at this time.