We all experience challenges where we recognize that our old ways of getting through life are no longer working for us. Feeling stuck in our own frustration, we tell ourselves that we don't have a choice. However, as deeply as you can feel pain, hurt and despair, this is also the capacity with which you can heal and experience love, joy, and happiness. You don't have to go through this alone. Seeking help in a time of need takes courage, and shows that you already have within you the strength you need to get through these challenges. Jennifer Johnston understands the need we all have for a safe place in which we can share how we really feel, experience caring and acceptance, dare to dream and discover new, exciting choices waiting for us just around the corner.
Helping others recognize and tap into their strengths is a life's passion of Jennifer's; she embraces the process with enthusiasm and optimism. Through her supportive, caring and non-judgmental style, Jennifer will help you uncover the answers you seek, and find how you can use this new understanding towards growth and lasting positive change. She believes that all people have the potential within themselves to not only get better, but to also flourish. Jennifer's creative and innovative approach to counseling will help you find your voice, reconnect with your own inner guidance, and help you build the positive and fulfilling life that you deserve.
At Foundations Counseling, Jennifer Johnston works with a variety of individuals, couples, and families seeking services, including:
- Child and Teen Counseling — ADD/ADHD, anxiety and communication issues, art therapy, child play therapy, cutting and self-injury, depression, eating disorders, self-esteem, trauma, abuse, and PTSD
- Health and Wellness — anxiety, art therapy, depression, grief and loss, obsessive compulsive disorder, life coaching, personality disorders, self-esteem, spiritual counseling, stress, trauma, abuse, and PTSD
- Family Counseling — adoption counseling, authoritative parenting, co-parenting counseling, general parenting, trust and understanding
- Marriage and Couples Counseling — attachment issues, codependency, communication, pre-engagement, pre-marital counseling
Jennifer Johnston earned her Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Florida International University. While there, she received specialized training in group and individual counseling for teenagers. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Towson University, with double minors in French and Music. Jennifer’s therapeutic approach and training includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), play therapy for children, person-centered therapy, family systems theory, and she holds a Life Coaching Certification from Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. She is also trained as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, so if clients request it, she is able to use techniques such as guided visualization to help client’s identify their inner conflicts and then facilitate healing and growth.
Jennifer has provided support and hope in a variety of settings, including: alternative high schools, inpatient adult and child residential units, and as an outpatient child and family therapist working in homes and schools for a community mental health center. Through these experiences, Jennifer fine-tuned her therapeutic approach and techniques designed to increase self-awareness as well as understanding between families, parents, and their children.
From the beginning, Jennifer Johnston places the utmost importance on her clients' needs to feel heard and understood, which helps build feelings of safety and trust necessary for a successful therapeutic relationship. She recognizes the value of moving at the client's pace, and working together to shine the light on and address any roadblocks along the way. Jennifer helps her clients safely explore what they need in order to be able to let go of old destructive and hurtful patterns of thinking and behavior, and nurtures their growth towards uncovering new paths of healing. Her steadfast qualities of patience, never giving up, and constantly searching for new and creative ways to help have been a comfort to many clients working through their most difficult challenges.
With children, Jennifer uses a variety of play therapy techniques to help them feel comfortable and encourage open communication. Children need gentle, guided practice to put what they are feeling into words, which is the first step in sharing what they want and need appropriately with others. When they are unable to do this successfully, tantrums, melt-downs, and behavioral problems occur. Jennifer's form of play therapy speaks directly to the child in the language of imagination and play, which they can more easily understand and relate to. With this approach, children are able to safely navigate through difficult emotions, practice social skills, identify solutions, and learn to communicate more effectively with their family and others.