About Kayla Johnson
Kayla Johnson | MS, LMHC
LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR
Individual Counseling for Adults and Teens (age 13+)
KAYLA IS NOW TAKING NEW CLIENTS!
At the core of Kayla’s work with her clients is an understanding that each of us has an important story to tell. Through empathy, humor, and warmth, Kayla creates and holds a safe space for her clients to begin the journey inward. Her biggest joy is walking alongside her clients as they begin to realize their strength and resilience.
Kayla has a specialty helping those that experience debilitating anxiety, including generalized anxiety, panic attacks, and specific phobias. She is equipped with a toolbox of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and other coping skills and loves to help clients increase emotional regulation, externalize and alter negative self-talk, uncover core beliefs about self, and build an understanding of the relationship between thought, emotion, and behavior.
She is experienced in helping teens and adults navigate their way out of depression and post-traumatic stress. Kayla is specifically trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), which is an evidence-based practice designed to assist adolescents with trauma re-processing. She tailors therapy to the unique needs of each client and is well-versed in cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and client-centered approaches.
Kayla also enjoys working with clients who struggle with family of origin difficulties, codependency, or identify as adult children of alcoholics. Additionally, Kayla has experience helping individuals who struggle with sexual behavior difficulties.
No matter your story, Kayla believes in the power of the human spirit and our abilities to overcome and make meaning.
Kayla is a native Wisconsinite and moved to Washington in 2018 in an effort to escape the Midwest winter (it worked!). She cannot imagine living anywhere else and revels every day in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. In her spare time, you can find Kayla teaching and/or practicing yoga, watching re-runs of The Office, exploring the outdoors with her husband, and reading every book she can get her hands on.
Education and Credentials:
- Licensed Mental Health Counselor (WA): LH60862713
- M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Wisconsin – Stout
- B.S. Psychology and Human Development, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay
- Trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT)
- Codependency + adult children of alcoholics
- Anxiety specialist
- Sexual behavior difficulties
Star Meadow Counseling
Provides Therapy Services to:
Vancouver WA | Salmon Creek WA | Ridgefield WA | Woodland WA | Battle Ground WA