About Me

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.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
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 , Read more...

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

Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

IA LMHC 001531


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Paul Johnston. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written on Nov 21, 2022 after therapy with Paul for 7 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

Paul is thoughtful and compassionate. He listens well and knows how to get to the critical questions. Very supportive.

Written on Oct 26, 2022 after therapy with Paul for 1 month on issues concerning depression, and coping with life changes

Does very well and has been helping me.

Written on Oct 23, 2022 after therapy with Paul for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, anger management, and coaching

I've only had a couple of sessions, but so far I've been given nothing but kindness, understanding and support. This is my first time seeking therapy of any sort as an adult and any apprehensions I had were quickly put to rest by Paul. He presents himself confidently and his friendly disposition makes him easy to work with.

Written on Sep 23, 2022 after therapy with Paul for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, parenting issues, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Paul has been so wonderful and helpful. Only had two sessions and he's already helped me help myself feel better.

Written on Jul 03, 2022 after therapy with Paul for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

Paul is exceptional. He listens to your wants and needs, helps you set goals and supports you. He has and continues to be extremely helpful. His insight and strategies in personal growth are wonderful. 10/10!

Written on Jul 01, 2022 after therapy with Paul for 3 weeks on issues concerning intimacy-related issues, anger management, and coping with life changes

Excellent start. Listens. Asks good, simple questions.

Written on Jun 19, 2022 after therapy with Paul for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, anger management, and career difficulties

Paul is down to earth, compassionate, and most importantly, wise. He clarifies and asks question to prompt thinking. He cares and responds to my needs.

Written on Jun 13, 2022 after therapy with Paul for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

I believe that God ordained our matchup on betterhelp . Paul has been exactly what I have needed at this stage in my life . And has given me some good key tools on moving forward . thanks for everything.

Written on Jun 01, 2022 after therapy with Paul for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Paul has been very insightful and eye opening in my journey of growth. He is very easy to talk to and receptive to my feelings.

Written on May 29, 2022 after therapy with Paul for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

Paul is authentic, professional and cares about people.

Written on May 26, 2022 after therapy with Paul for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes

Paul is an excellent therapist that I would recommend without hesitation. I feel safe sharing and talking without fear of judgement or misunderstanding. Paul is fantastic at listening, expressing compassion, sharing genuine interest or concern, and offering realistic solutions and steps to take to overcome obstacles or difficulties. He encourages and praises regularly even if I feel I'm not making the progress I want and it helps me keep life in perspective.

Written on Mar 31, 2022 after therapy with Paul for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Paul is laid-back and down to earth in his style of communication. He empathizes well but also gives practical advice.

Written on Mar 23, 2022 after therapy with Paul for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Amazing person, just what I was looking for

Written on Mar 22, 2022 after therapy with Paul for 1 month on issues concerning intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Paul is very caring, personable and experienced. I really enjoy working with him and value his input.

Written on Mar 11, 2022 after therapy with Paul for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and adhd

Paul is a wonderful person who os really helping me and i am greafull for it.

Written on Mar 10, 2022 after therapy with Paul for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, parenting issues, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Paul is awesome

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