About Me

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About Nolan Johnson, LMFT

Counseling for teens and young adults in Downtown Campbell, California.

Hi, I'm Nolan Johnson. I'm a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, License #53340, and I work with teens and young adults who have ongoing challenges with mental health such as depression, anxiety, and self-esteem. My goal is to help young people stop dwelling on negative thoughts and start helping them make progress towards their goals.

My Story

My Journey To Becoming A Therapist

I’m no different from the clients I see. Like everyone else, I'm human. I've been through both wonderful and challenging experiences that have shaped who I am and how I help.

I've been working with teenagers and their families for the past 15 years. During my journey I've had the opportunity to work in mental health facilities, juvenile rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, community service agencies, and various public schools.

What I've learned along the way is the power of being relationship based. I meet young people where they are, and help them define and achieve goals that enhance the quality of their lives. In a field that is predominantly female-identifying, I wanted to begin to fill the need for male-identifying clinicians available to young people struggling with various behavioral and mood disturbances.

The motto, "Changing Thoughts, Mending Minds, and Defining Futures" sums up the mission of my practice. I help teens and their families achieve their potential.

Helping People Energizes Me

Being a therapist is an honor. I love guiding young people towards positive changes and witnessing them achieve more fulfilling lives. The most rewarding thing about being a therapist is seeing a young person walk away lighter, more free, and excited about their life.

I am committed to helping young people make progress towards their goals.

I Have Compassion For Young People And Bring Supportive And Encouraging Energy To Sessions

I have a natural ability to help young people identify what they are feeling.

Those who know me often say that I am a good listener who can help people feel heard and understood which helps them feel seen and start to heal.

Sessions Are Focused On Helping Your Teen

Sessions will provide teens with the space to express their thoughts and feelings. In feeling safe and comfortable, they’ll be able to explore their thoughts, feelings, and goals, and be understood and heard.

It's important to me to provide a non-judgmental space where young people can be themselves. There isn't a "one size fits all" approach to Counseling. Our sessions will fit your teen’s specific needs and concerns.

I Believe

As A Therapist,
I Believe The Following

I believe that empathy can change the world.

I believe that we only heal if we take care of ourselves.

I believe that it's possible to transform life so you enjoy it again.

I believe that emotions heal when they are witnessed and validated.

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My Approach

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

I  use an approach based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is an evidence based practice which has been shown to have significant positive effects on teens for a number of different issues, including but not limited to: Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders, low self-esteem, and various addictions/substance abuse struggles. Additionally, CBT techniques can be particularly beneficial in treating ADHD symptoms by enhancing executive functioning, controlling impulsiveness, reducing stress, and similar symptoms.

CBT is a goal-oriented approach to therapy that focuses on examining connections between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The goal is to help teens change thought patterns and behaviors that will in turn provide them with relief from the negative symptoms associated with Mental Health Disorders. As opposed to more general "Talk Therapy", CBT sessions provide more structure, as therapists intentionally guide teens to talk about and work through specific topics and/or challenges. I discuss with teens the progress they're making, as well as struggles they're still having, to constantly maintain awareness of the goals that have been set for their treatment plan and their progress along this path.

This active participation on the part of the therapist also includes giving teens "homework" or exercises to practice learned skills outside of treatment sessions. Because cognitive behavioral focused therapy is based on the teens making changes in their own lives, their work must extend beyond just the time the teens are directly working with their therapist.

CBT helps teens disrupt, and then restructure, negative thought patterns.

These negative self-perceptions and beliefs often accompany almost all mental health disorders, serving as either a cause or trigger of negative behaviors and feelings. Research has shown that CBT is an extremely effective therapeutic approach for a number of different mental health disorders. In fact, it has been shown to be as effective as medication treatment for both Anxiety and Depression.

As with any treatment approach, certain teens will connect better to CBT than others, but many enjoy and feel supported in the collaborative nature of this particular technique, in getting to work actively with their therapist. Whether your teen needs assistance realizing their potential, or struggling with a mental health disorder, I am here to help.

Let’s Discover How I Can Help

Start living in the moment and enjoying it. Schedule your first appointment where you can share what’s going on for you and we can explore how I can help you or your teen.

Email me today at [email protected]. I'm here for you.