Kristy Johnsson

(MS, LPC)

About Me

Thanks for checking me out! I'm a licensed professional counselor (LPC) through the state of Wyoming and I've worked with clients in all types of settings, from all different backgrounds, of all different ages. Much of my professional experience has been helping clients with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, and certain types of addiction, as well relationships and grief. As both a therapist with four years of experience and as a client who has attended many years of therapy myself, I’ve realized how important it is that as therapists we both get good training and experience, while also exploring our own inner emotional landscapes.

Mindfulness is the bedrock of my work with my clients, but as more than just a tool I give them. Having practiced it extensively gives me the capacity to be fully present with you. Mindfulness and meditation have also helped me cultivate compassion and authenticity, so you can trust I can be honest, but gentle and patient with you.

Mindfulness is also a major part of my practice because my professional and personal experience is that underneath much of our emotional struggles is a history of various kinds of trauma. New research is showing the way trauma impacts our nervous systems by triggering old emotions and unhealthy ways of coping, even painful stories about who we are. By “attending and befriending” our emotions as they express themselves as thoughts and feelings using mindfulness, we can help “update” our nervous systems. We can gently, patiently, and compassionately help ourselves recognize that we are okay and begin to respond differently to our life circumstances. Clients have told me over and over how helpful it is to have this explained, and how it motivates them to do this work.

Tools and skills are also integral to this process. This is where I can give you a variety of specific mindfulness tools, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy exercises, to help cope with and navigate your symptoms. Being able to identify when we’re triggered and practice healthy ways of coping with those triggers allows us to slowly build our internal resources and resiliency. My experience teaching Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) means I have a solid toolbox to help regulate emotions, become more effective in relationships, and tolerate emotional distress. We’ll also explore what has worked for you so far, naming the strengths that are already serving you.

Insight into our inner workings, capacity to stay present with ourselves, and supportive tools all work together to allow us to make this journey. It doesn’t matter what we’re bringing to the table, whether it be profound grief or mild anxiety, we don’t have to soldier through on our own. In our hyper individualistic society where we may subconsciously believe we need to “pull ourselves up by our bootstraps,” this is a radical notion, and our nonjudgmental, authentic relationship alone can be deeply healing.

What both my clients and I have learned is that it is absolutely possible to change. I offer guidance and support from a place of integrity, from knowing the types of twists and turns of the journey, and integrating that with my professional experience having successfully helped diverse clients each with unique issues.

I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes

I also have experience in Addictions, Relationship issues, Grief, Anger management, Career difficulties

Years of Experience: 4

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #1730 (Expires: 2021-05-31)


Reviews

Written by D.E. on Feb 12, 2019 after counseling with Kristy for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Kristy is great. She got to the core of my issue right away.

Written by L.I. on Feb 05, 2019 after counseling with Kristy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

I was skeptical of using BetterHelp at first, I didn’t think it would be beneficial at all, however since I’ve been chatting with Kristy, I’ve learned a lot about myself and my surround emotions. Kristy listens attentively and acknowledges my thoughts. She validates my opinions and feelings and this makes me feel important, and makes me feel confident. Kristy specializes in sinfulness something I wanted to explore more, I’m grateful and I couldn’t have been paired with anyone better. I enjoy chatting with her as I find her approach very comforting, almost like confiding in a friend it. After each of our sessions or her message responses I feel like a weight has been lifted off, I can breathe again and resume back to my daily activities happily. She’s also provided me with great tools and I look forward to working with her more.

Written by H.E. on Jan 28, 2019 after counseling with Kristy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression

Kristy is such a wonderful listener and really got to the bottom of my issues pretty much straight away. Having her ‘holding my hand’ during a difficult time of my life has been very important to me. Kristy is teaching me about mindfulness which I had never known before. Working through the key issues one at a time has helped to strip away the dark clouds. I highly recommend Kristy to anyone, particularly mature ages people. The respect, kindness and genuine support she offers is outstanding.

Written by P.A. on Jan 18, 2019 after counseling with Kristy for 2 weeks on issues concerning grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Kristy has been professional and kind. She has listened to me and kept in contact with me regularly. She provides insight and conversation that is beneficial to me during this time in my life. I’m grateful and thankful for her.

Written by K.A. on Jan 13, 2019 after counseling with Kristy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Kristy has helped me find many ways to deal with and/or cope and/or heal from a variety of issues. She is caring, kind, compassionate and so easy to talk to. The positive changes I’ve made in my life in just a short time are beyond noticeable. Her reinforcement and encouragement is amazing!

Written by C.H. on Nov 12, 2018 after counseling with Kristy for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

I think Kristy is great! She tackles one issue at a time without judgment and doesn’t let little details get by without addressing them. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone who inquired about a counselor.