Hi! Welcome to the website! My name is Paul Johnston. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Iowa. As of today’s date, I have been a licensed therapist first in Colorado from 1995 to 2011, and then in Iowa since 2013. Overall, I have 33 years of experience providing mental health services for a wide range of different clients with varying concerns.
I believe in a client centered approach which means that I am focused on understanding your specific issues and concerns. Over the years, my work has led me to focus on depression, anxiety, stress reduction and trauma. My approach to therapy is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The treatment plans that we develop will be based on your individual needs and symptoms.
My approach is warm, and client centered. I believe in treating all my clients with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I do not believe in labels that stereotype. My approach has allowed me to work with individuals who prefer a Christian approach.
Making real change takes courage, determination and insight. Seeking help is usually the first step towards accomplishing those goals. If I seem like a good fit for you or a loved one, I look forward to working with you.
Additional areas of focus: Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Abandonment, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Codependency, Control Issues, Dependent Personality, Divorce and Separation, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Men's Issues, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
IA LMHC 001531
I've been working with Paul for over a year and it's been extremely helpful in helping me deal with the enormous amount of absurd transitions and changes in my life. Paul is an excellent listener and is very compassionate. He's not afraid to ask the critical questions, even if my ego doesn't necessarily want to face it. Highly recommended.
Written on Aug 03, 2023 after therapy with Paul for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Great all the way around.
Written on May 24, 2023 after therapy with Paul for 11 months on issues concerning intimacy-related issues, anger management, and coping with life changes
My sessions with Paul have always meant a lot to me. His insights, wisdom, and compassion have been EXACTLY what I have needed to get through a very difficult season in my life. He provided me with tools to process and really start to heal from my trauma. I knew I needed someone professional to talk to about my experiences, and to help guide me on my way toward wholeness, and God placed Paul in my life at the very time that I needed him. I am very grateful!!
[I worked with Paul as my therapist for about 12 weeks]
Written on May 20, 2023 after therapy with Paul for 2 months
Our family has been to several therapists until we found Paul. Paul has been the best therapist by far and everyone in our family feels comfortable in talking with him and listening to his great advice
Written on Apr 08, 2023 after therapy with Paul for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse
Paul is an older soul that understands the complexities of life. He's helped me realize that I'm not alone, and that mental illness doesnt define me. Perhaps best of all, it doesn't even FEEL like therapy; More like I'm talking with a trusted friend.
Written on Mar 15, 2023 after therapy with Paul for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Would happily recommend him to anyone. He offers great insight and experience to those who need it.
Written on Feb 21, 2023 after therapy with Paul for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes