Calli Johnson MA TLLP
Exploring therapy options can feel intimidating, scary, or overwhelming. You’ve made it this far; congratulations.
I use the pronouns they/them/theirs.
If you’re looking at me as a potential therapist, you may be wondering what therapy is like with me. There are two parts to my answer.
First is the “nuts and bolts” of treatment and how I run the session. For our 50-minute sessions after intake, I begin by checking in with you. I typically find out what feels most important to talk about for the rest of the session. Most of the session is spent on whatever you, as the client, decide needs to be discussed. With about 10 minutes left, we begin to plan what you’re going to do between now and next time we meet, and then we end the session by scheduling the next.
The second part of what therapy is like with me is far more philosophical and stylistic, and less concrete. I use a feminist-phenomenological approach to treatment, which means that I focus on power, privilege, and oppression that may occur in your life and how that impacts your life; recognizing that your experience is unique. Others may have had similar life experiences, but I can’t entirely know what life has been like for you. Because of this approach to therapy, each session with each client is different. While I use interventions from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and integrate mindfulness, everything we do is tailored for you and your experience. We maximize the time we have in a session and help you figure out how to get the most out of the work you do outside the session.
I’m experienced with: depression, anxiety, trauma, phase of life adjustment problems (moving jobs, going off to college), self-injury, chronic illness, gender identity exploration, sexual orientation discussions, kink-aware therapy, sizeism, or weightism, perfectionism, interpersonal relationships and much more. I work mainly with individuals within the LGBTQIAP+ community because I am knowledgeable about this group through research, education, and lived experience. I see individuals that are 14 years or older, and most of my clients are in young or middle adulthood.
Living problems that I’m not able to treat include substance use and eating disorders. You will find far better therapists if this is your main problem of living.
Currently, I can bill Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, and some Medicaid insurances. I may also offer sliding scale services if I cannot bill your insurance.