Providing individual, couples and family counseling.
Treatment specialization includes:
Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
Couples Counseling – PAIRS certified relationship educator
Work and Career issues
Trauma and recovery abuse issues (sexual,emotional, physical)
I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for depression and grief counseling to parenting support, couples counseling and beyond. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my clients individual needs to help attain the personal growth they’re striving for.
Private sessions are available with Tina Johnson for a variety of relationship and mental health concerns. Sessions are often recommended as a beginning point for couple relationship work. Mental health services include relationship education, clinical assessments and psychotherapy for children, families, individuals and couples.
Clients who live in Fargo or in this area are welcome to call to set up private sessions as individuals or couples. These sessions usually involve identifying relevant issues to be discussed, intervals between sessions and amount of work to be done. The person’s goals are the primary determining factor of the direction of the work.
Clients who live outside Fargo may set up appointments in longer blocks of time to make the most of coming in from out of town. It is common for people who are in need of immediate or intensive help to travel to Fargo for such appointments. These appointments are better scheduled as much in advance as possible to secure the amount of time requested.
Private sessions with Tina Johnson are generally characterized by:
Understanding the individual’s way of thinking and reasoning for thinking/feeling as they do.
Assessing efforts made in the past to manage symptoms.
Introducing new skills and tools to promote completion of each individual’s goals.
Providing collaboration with physicians and/or psychiatrists if there are medical and/or psychiatric issues involved.
Sessions are highly interactive with regard to the introduction of new ways of viewing the individual/couple/family’s situations, new skills and new use of tools to disrupt ineffective patterns. Sessions are solution and action oriented, setting up the possibility of new patterns which are more effective and pleasurable.
Tina Johnson specializes in relationship education, clinical assessments, stress management, depression/anxiety and other psychiatric concerns, child and family therapy and problems related to physical, emotional or sexual abuse.
Private sessions with Tina Johnson are usually 50-60 minutes in length. Evaluations are 60-90 minutes. Fee for services are $135 per hour, although this may vary depending upon insurance providers or EAP contracts.
Tina Johnson is an approved provider for many insurance companies including: NDBCBS, MNBCBS, Medica, United Behavioral Health, Tricare, Select EAP programs, MN MA and Medicare.
Referrals to qualified professionals who provide services on a sliding fee are available upon request.
Couples – Life’s pressures both in and out of the home create stress, distance, and overwhelming problems. Open, constructive communication is vital but couples often lack problem solving and conflict resolution skills – unresolved issues don’t disappear – they only get worse. Therapy can assess and teach skills to help you work things out now and in the future.
Relationship Education – A common sense, research based approach to teaching individuals and couples effective communication skills. These skills, just like math and science, need to be learned. They don’t just materialize. Children can also learn these skills when they see their parents’ relationship practice and can teach them exactly how it’s done. The Daily Temperature Reading is just one of these tools that may be used around the family table as well as between the couple in a more intimate setting.
Psychotherapy – Adult Issues commonly addressed in therapy include stress reactions, depression/anxiety and relationship issues.
Stress Reactions – Symptoms are variable and may include mood changes, fatigue, concentration and sleep problems. Stressors are usually related to changes in one’s life such as death of a loved one, divorce, career and job issues, physical/medical problems etc.
Grief – Helping you move beyond the pain. Loss is an unavoidable part of life. With loss comes grieving. Each person grieves differently but most move through stages:
Experiencing the pain
Acceptance of the reality of loss
Adjusting to life after loss
Shifting energy used to cope with loss
Therapy can help make this shift if you feel like you haven’t been able to cope and function well again.
Depression/Anxiety – Depression affects millions of Americans. The National Institute of Mental Health reports nearly 20 million Americans suffer from chronic nervousness, panic attacks or phobias. This may include fear of heights, public speaking anxiety, nervousness in social situations, agoraphobia or test anxiety, to name just a few. Symptoms of Depression include sadness, discouragement, inferiority, decreased motivation or changes in eating/sleeping patterns. Suicidal thoughts that are fleeting or recurrent need attention. If you have thoughts that life is not worth living or think that others would be better off without you, please seek professional help immediately, as this is a serious symptom of depression which can be successfully treated. Psychiatric emergency help is available at the following locations:
EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a powerful method of psychotherapy. To date, EMDR has helped an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress.
How does EMDR work?
No one knows how any form of psychotherapy works neurobiologically or in the brain However, we do know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes “frozen in time” and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.
EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. you still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.
What kind of problems can EMDR treat?
Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post traumatic stress. However, clinicians also have reported success using EMDR in treatment of the following conditions:
sexual and/or physical abuse
body dysmorphic disorders
low self esteem
Whole Body Essential Oil Healing Session
This 60 minute treatment consists of using 7 essential oil blends which are placed on various points of the feet. These oils are specifically designed to support the physical/emotional systems in our bodies. In addition to the essential oils, I will provide specific breathing, relaxation and movement practices that will be helpful in sustaining the positive effects of this treatment. For more information about essential oils, please refer to the essential oils tab on this website and click on learn more.
Introducing Life Force Yoga and Mood Management
Tina recently completed Module 2 of a 3 part experiential training in the use of evidence based yoga protocol to help people focus, relax and manage their moods to increase self efficacy and learn tools for self care. This program interweaves ancient yogic wisdom with current findings in neurobiology. She is currently in process of more advanced training and is already seeing remarkable results in using breathing exercises and simple body postures to reduce anxiety and depressive symptoms for all age groups. Children can also benefit in learning these techniques and have fun at the same time. These are simple, yet powerful exercises developed by Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression. Research suggests that daily practices integrating mind-body-spirit can decrease or at times eliminate the need for psychiatric medications. More information will be coming!
For a short practice to help with anxiety/trauma or stress, please check out this video that Amy Weibtraub did: