About Kayla Johnson
Kayla Johnson | MS, LMHC
LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR
Individual Counseling for Adults and Teens (age 13+)
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, an warmth Kayla creates and holds a safe space for her clients to begin their journey inward. Her biggest joy is walking alongside her clients as they begin to realize their strength and resilience.
Kayla has a speciality helping individuals navigate trauma and symptoms of post-traumatic stress. She is well-versed in trauma-informed therapeutic approaches designed to help clients increase emotion regulation, externalize and alter negative self-talk, uncover and process core belies about self, and build an understanding of the relationship between one’s history and how they navigate the world in the present moment. Kayla is also experienced in helping those that experience debilitating anxiety, including generalized anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias.
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.
She also enjoys working with those 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. She can’t 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, gardening, and watching re-runs of The Office.
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
- Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT)
- Codependency + adult children of alcoholics
- Sexual behavior difficulties
Star Meadow Counseling
Provides Therapy Services to:
Vancouver WA | Salmon Creek WA | Ridgefield WA | Woodland WA | Battle Ground WA