Michael Johnson, Ph.D. Psychologist
UTILIZING THERAPY TO EMPOWER YOU TO LIVE LIFE WITH COURAGE AND COMPASSION!
UTILIZING THERAPY TO EMPOWER YOU TO LIVE LIFE WITH COURAGE AND COMPASSION!
There is a lot of concern about the effects of the coronavirus on our economy, jobs/livelihood, relationships, and health among other things. Because we have not gone through a similar experience in our lifetime, there’s a lot of uncertainty about how we will cope and it’s normal to feel anxious. We are getting bombarded with conflicting advice – which only makes us more anxious.
To reduce confusion, I recommend that we follow the guidelines of the CDC (www.cdc.gov) to prevent the spread of the virus along with efforts to take care of ourselves should we contract it. To that end, if you feel sick or ill or show any cold-/flu-like symptoms, stay home and cancel in-person appointments. I expect that some of you will also be required to provide child or elder care during this time – limiting your availability. Even if you “need to get out of the house,” attending an appointment while showing any signs of illness is too risky. Stay home.
As an alternative to in-person appointments, I’m offering telehealth services to those that qualify. The process involves using online video to conduct therapy sessions. It’s a way for us to continue our work together while avoiding either the spread or contraction of the virus by going out in public. Telehealth can also help if you have friends and loved ones that need you home to care for them.
Who qualifies for telehealth services? Persons who are emotionally unstable and have been recently hospitalized; exhibit significant cognitive impairments and/or psychotic symptoms; those who are under the influence during the appointment time; and who are indigent and/or are currently experiencing an unstable living situation are all not appropriate for telehealth services at this time. In addition, if you cannot have undisturbed and/or undistracted time to participate in the telehealth session, then you will not qualify for the service.
I am currently only seeing clients using telehealth services. I am not seeing any clients in-person at this time. This will remain in effect through June 30, 2020 or until the number of cases declines to a safe level.
A common concern for people who live with others is how to find a place where you can be alone and undisturbed. There are several ways you can achieve this temporary isolation. One option - identify a room in your house where you can be alone for an hour or so. If you expect to be interrupted by others, maybe ask another adult or adolescent to care for others during your time in session. A second option is to use your car. Setup your phone, laptop or tablet in your car. You can stay in your garage or drive to a location like a park where you’re not likely to be disturbed. If neither of these ideas are applicable, I’m sure we can come up with one that fits with your situation if we put our heads together.
For us to make effective use of telehealth services, I want you to be completely informed of what to expect and how we can best approach it. If you are willing to participate in telehealth hservices, I will send you a 3-part Consent for Telehealth Services form via SimplePractice. Just message me your interest or inform me at our next session.
In the meantime, I have provided links to resources that address aspects of the Coronavirus outbreak on my website. Read through them and apply as needed. Feel free to communicate with me any need you may have related to this outbreak and I will try to offer suggestions.
Do you have difficulty feeling motivated for the day? Do you find it easier to not share your struggles with others? Do you feel as if you're not valuable because you can't feel good about yourself or life? If so, I can help you.
Do you have difficulty showing up at events because you feel too anxious? Do you avoid certain places because of your anxiety? If so, I can help you.
Do you get feedback that others find you abrasive or uncaring? Do you struggle with understanding why people do the things they do? If so, I can help you.
Are there experiences from your past that you "just can't get over?" Do you feel held back by past trauma you've experienced? If so, I can help you.
Do you feel like you are capable of more but can't seem to make that happen? Maybe you no longer feel like yourself. Do you struggle with finding direction in your life? If so, I can help.
Need someone to bounce ideas off of? Maybe get some feedback on how you're approaching an issue? If so, I can help.
Hello, I'm Dr. Mike Johnson and I help people reclaim their lives from depression and anxiety. I enjoy helping people remove obstacles that negatively affect their well-being and limit their potential. Life has always been challenging and our world is consistently becoming more complex and seemingly more uncertain. Feeling a sense of control over our lives is harder to come by these days.
In addition, we are being confronted with physical and mental health problems that steal our drive, confidence, and hope. These problems cause us to sabotage our efforts to pursue the life of our dreams.
That's where I come in. I want to help you take back your life and give you the tools to cultivate the life you've always wanted!
Growing up, I wish I had more tools to face current and future challenges. My family did the best they could, but they were unprepared for those challenges as much as I was. Because of the vulnerability, fear, frustration, and helplessness that I felt in facing those challenges, I don't want others to have a similar experience. I believe that each of us deserves access to every skill and resource available to help us meet our needs and overcome obstacles in daily living. To this end, I want to provide people with as many ways to learn the skills they need to not just survive; but thrive.
My approach to change incorporates cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and compassion-based approaches through an attachment theory lens. This means that I want to know about key relationship experiences you experienced while growing up; how those experiences informed you about your identity, value, self-care, and how to be in other relationships; and how you manage day-to-day life challenges as well as past and current traumas. I am trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) that can be used to treat a variety of symptoms/conditions in order for you to have more of the life you want.
Through a collaborative relationship, I can help you to find the solutions you need to resolve your struggles. My office is conveniently located in Tempe near the I-10 and Warner Road.
Do you have a client/patient that is struggling to make changes in behavior? I provide assistance in helping clients with their motivation for change.
When you refer a client/patient to me, I provide you with timely clinical updates.
I can provide your patients with referrals to appropriate treatment resources so that they can get the help they need.
I support and encourage clients' use of various modalities including massage therapy, acupuncture, meditation, indigenous healing approaches, medication, peer support groups, and nutrition-focused & fitness interventions among others.
It's my passion to primarily help women with anxiety and men with depression! I also help with interpersonal concerns, trauma and abuse, workplace challenges, career issues, stress management, weight management and identity concerns.
I also provide telemental health services such as video counseling to Arizona residents that live in more rural areas or whose schedules may not allow them to attend in person.