Heather Johnson, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
My name is Heather Johnson (1987), I hold a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Bushnell University here in Eugene, OR. I am originally from Florida and have lived in Oregon since 1999.
My fundamental belief is that we already possess everything we need to thrive within ourselves but sometimes discovering this is easier when we are not alone on our journey. When we work towards self-discovery we, in turn, also improve our interpersonal relationships, and work-life balance, are able to better overcome life challenges, and create the life we truly desire.
Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start. – Nido Qubein
It takes a lot of courage to admit you need help, but it’s the first step. I work with clients to live authentic lives. I am influenced by the work of Brené Brown, who writes, “We are all made of strength and struggle.” I will encourage you to acknowledge and build upon your strengths and I will support you through your struggles. I strive to be authentic, compassionate, and respectful, and to foster a relationship where you feel genuinely seen, heard, and understood. I am committed to working with clients, from a place of respect and compassion, to meet their unique health and wellness goals, whether mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, or social. Above everything, I offer you a safe, respectful place to be seen for who you are and to have your story fully heard. We will work together to realize your goals and find your unique path to healing. If you are searching for internal stability and grounding I would love to help facilitate personal growth in a compassionate and safe environment. My goal is to assist you in moving towards self-acceptance and away from shame. I respect the courage that it takes to begin this journey and encourage you to take another step towards wellness by contacting me today.
I am excited to work with a vast array of clients including those in the LGBTQ+, BDSM, Kink, Consensual Non-Monogamy community, veterans, and those with criminal and substance use histories. I work with adults and on a case-by-case basis adolescents aged 15 and up.
I utilize various modalities including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, trauma-sensitive, mind-body, and solution-focused treatments aiming to increase conscious awareness, replace habits that no longer serve the client, and practice loving-kindness with self and others. I am trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) with particular emphasis on mindfulness-based approaches. My overriding goal is to help you to identify and enhance your strengths and overcome challenging and maladaptive thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Often, the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors causing us the most difficulty right now have their roots in old coping strategies that once helped us to survive and care for ourselves. If you are struggling or feel stuck, it may be that you are ready to let go of these old patterns and find new ways of being that fit with who you are today and who you want to be in the future.
More About Heather Johnson
I have worked as a therapist in a wide range of settings since 2014. Some of the locations I have practiced include a substance abuse recovery program, the county jail, a child therapy center, a crisis center, and municipal and circuit court mental health therapy.
I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in Oregon, License C6468. Major coursework included human growth and development with an emphasis on spiritual and cultural influences, group dynamics, and substance use. Since completing my formal education, I have become a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP) and most recently completed my training and hours for CADC I with the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon. I am in the process of becoming a licensed Sex Therapist as well as completing the following certifications; Complex Trauma Certified Professional (CCTP-I), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Certificate, and Certified ADHD Professional (ADHD-CCSP).
I am currently completing training to become a Certified Sex Therapist (CST) through The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). Certification requires over 200 hours of post-graduate education and consultation in areas of the following as they relate to sexual health and pleasure:
- Ethics and ethical behavior.
- Developmental sexuality from a bio-psycho-social perspective across the life course.
- Socio-cultural, familial factors (e.g., ethnicity, culture, religion, spirituality, socioeconomic status, family values) concerning sexual values and behaviors.
- Issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity: heterosexuality; issues and themes impacting lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, and asexual people; gender identity and expression.
- Intimacy skills (e.g., social, emotional, sexual), intimate relationships, interpersonal relationships, and family dynamics.
- Diversities in sexual expression and lifestyles, including, but not limited to, polyamory, swinging, BDSM, and tantra.
- Sexual and reproductive anatomy/physiology.
- Health/medical factors that may influence sexuality, including, but not limited to, illness, disability, drugs, mental health, conception, pregnancy, childbirth & pregnancy termination, contraception, fertility, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infection, other infections, sexual trauma, injury, and safer sex practices.
- Range of sexual functioning and behavior, from optimal to problematic, including, but not limited to, common issues such as desire discrepancy, lack of desire, difficulty achieving or maintaining arousal, sexual pain, penetration problems, and difficulty with orgasm.
- Sexual exploitation, including sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and sexual assault.
- Cyber sexuality and social media.
- Substance use/abuse and sexuality.
- Pleasure enhancement skills.
- Learning theory and its application.
- Professional communication and personal reflection skills.
- History of the discipline of sex research, theory, education, counseling, and therapy.
- Principles of sexuality research and research methods.
I am also completing additional training for Kink Informed Certification (KIC), a comprehensive and progressive certification. Even with the best intentions, many professionals lack access to additional training that would allow their practice to be truly kink-aware or kink-positive. Lack of current education can potentially lead to causing harm to the client by unknowingly introducing sex-negative stereotypes or misinformation into the session.
With this training, I will better provide for clients’ needs regarding sexuality for those that engage in kink, BDSM, and alternative sexuality. Do you want better relationships and to feel more sexually alive? Do you desire closeness and greater intimacy with your partner or spouse? Do you want to improve communication and avoid arguments? Is your sexual relationship tense? If this is you, I’d like to help you create the type of meaningful life, fulfilling relationships, and enjoyable sexuality you want. I want to empower you to live your best life and to feel good about your sexuality. I provide a safe, judgment-free environment to process & address these struggles as well as sexual identity & alternative lifestyle issues/struggles.
Can I Help You?
I treat patients for:
- Depression, Grief, Loss, Sadness
- Anxiety, Worry, Stress, Panic
- Traumatic Events, Trauma, PTSD
- Relationship Struggles (couple, family, or parenting)
- LGBTQIA+ Related Issues
- Bipolar Disorder
- Veteran Issues