Catherine Johnson, PLPC
Stating that life can be painful and complicated is an understatement and understanding how to navigate it all on our own can be overwhelming. Reaching a point where we realize we want someone to come alongside us in the struggle takes a lot of courage. The fact you are here looking at Restoration Counseling is a first step towards healing. If you choose to begin your counseling journey here, I would be honored to walk with you on the path to a healthier and more manageable life.
What I Would Bring to Our Counseling Relationship:
Empathy and Safety: Everyone has a story that is unique to them. I make it a main goal of mine to ensure that you have a safe space to explore your experiences in life without the fear of judgement. You deserve a space where you can lay your burdens down and begin to understand your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. As your counselor I can help you feel heard, seen, and understood as we build a collaborative relationship based on empathy, trust, and safety.
Wholistic Perspective: I believe that true healing comes from addressing all areas of a person. I look at all the pieces of who a person is in their thoughts, emotions, physical health, relationships, and spiritual life. If you ignore one of those areas, you are not treating a whole person but a small part of them. I believe in helping you understand each area, how they interact, and its impact on your life.
Trauma Informed: “We have learned that trauma is not just an event that took place sometime in the past; it is also the imprint left by that experience on mind, brain, and body.” (-Bessel A. Van der Kolk). As your counselor, I will bring an awareness and understanding of trauma, how it impacts/interacts with a person as a whole, and different techniques to help you find healing.
Hope: Finding hope in the pain and suffering in life can be hard when you can’t see a way out. I am here to provide you with a harbor of hope. We will work together to find your way back to having hope in your work towards healing and growth. Hope is never far out of reach, we sometimes just need a reminder of where to look to for it.
Areas of Focus:
- Childhood Abuse or Neglect
- Sexual Abuse
- Relationship Issues
- Spiritual Growth
- Co-Dependency/ Boundaries
- Stage of Life Issues
- Grief and Loss
- Emotional Regulation
- Coping Skills
About Me: I am originally from California and moved out to New Orleans five years ago to
finish college. I am in love with New Orleans and I can’t imagine leaving now that I am here.
I recently graduated with my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health from New Orleans Baptist
Theological Seminary. In my free time I love listening to music, practice photography, hang
with friends, reading, and exploring nature.
- Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk
- Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
- The Wisdom of Your Heart: Discovering the God-Given Purpose and Power of Your Emotion by Marc Alan Schelske
- Running on Empty by Jonice Webb
- Mending the Soul: Understanding and Healing Abuse by Steven R. Tracy
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