Insight Psychological Therapists - Michelle Johnston

Michelle Johnston
Michelle Johnston, Registered Psychologist, MACP, (She/Her)

Dedicated to helping individuals overcome their challenges and achieve their personal goals. With empathy and expertise, I offer a safe and supportive space where you can explore your thoughts and emotions, develop coping skills, and cultivate lasting change.

If you are struggling to take the first step in booking an appointment or curious about whether I am the right fit for you, please reach out to schedule a free 15 minute consultation.

More About Michelle Johnston


Navigating life’s challenges can feel like an uphill battle, but you don’t have to face it alone. My name is Michelle Johnston and I’m a Registered Psychologist with a passion for helping individuals of all ages overcome their mental health obstacles and discover their inner resilience.

My journey to becoming a therapist is deeply rooted in a personal commitment to understanding and supporting those who have experienced trauma. Inspired by my own personal experiences with adversity and fuelled by a desire to make a difference, I decided to embark on this path dedicated towards helping others.

With extensive experience working with children, youth, and adults, I specialize in addressing a wide range of mental health challenges, including trauma, stress, anxiety, and depression. If you’re someone who feels like you’re not good enough, struggles to set boundaries, or seeks deeper connections with yourself and others, you’re in the right place.

My approach to therapy is highly collaborative and I like to tailor the focus of our sessions to your unique needs and goals. By utilizing evidence-based approaches such as ACT, CBT, solution-focused therapy, and mindfulness, I empower my clients to navigate their struggles with increased clarity and confidence.

Additionally, I’m trained to deliver EMDR which is a powerful tool to address trauma and facilitate healing on a deeper level.

In our work together, you can expect more than just a listening ear—I’m here to provide guidance, support, and practical strategies to help you overcome limiting beliefs and create positive change in your life.

If you’re ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery, healing, and growth, I invite you to take the first step with me. Together, we’ll unlock your inner strength and rewrite your story—one of resilience, empowerment, and limitless potential.


What do you do to keep your outlook optimistic?

To stay optimistic, I make sure to take care of myself by doing things like practicing mindfulness, staying active, and spending time outdoors. I also hang out with people who lift me up and remind myself of the good things in life. Doing things that I enjoy and make me happy helps me stay hopeful, even when things get tough.

What quick advice do you have for people who are really struggling?

If you’re feeling really down, my advice is to take it one step at a time. Reach out to someone you trust and talk about what you’re going through. Remember to be kind to yourself and take breaks when you need them. And most importantly, know that it’s okay to ask for help—whether from a friend, family member, or a professional. You’re not alone, and there is hope for brighter days ahead.


Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology

Bachelor of Arts (Major: Psychology, Minor: Public Administration)


College of Alberta Psychologists

Psychologist’s Association of Alberta


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Training Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) – Certified Tier 1 Training

EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Training

Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT) Certification

Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level 1

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) Certification

Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)


  • English

My areas of focus:

Anxiety & Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Workplace Stress
Mental Health Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Adults
Other Areas
  • Stress Management
Thrive (Child & Youth)
  • Adolescent and Teen Issues
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Children
  • Child & Youth Anxiety
  • Child & Youth Depression
  • Child & Youth Self Esteem Issues
  • Child & Youth Stress and Trauma
Trauma Care
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Trauma
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Trauma
  • Workplace Trauma

I have experience in:

  • Adoption Issues
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Behavioural Issues
  • Changes in Health
  • Children's Mental Health
  • Cognitive Disability
  • Communication and Negotiation
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Dealing with Physical Health Issues
  • Death or Loss of a Pet
  • Difficult People
  • Emotional Regulation
  • FASD
  • Family Caregiver Stress
  • Family Issues
  • First Responders Trauma or PTSD
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Grief and Loss
  • Handling Chronic Illness & Chronic Pain
  • Insomnia
  • Issues Related to Bullying
  • Learning Disorders
  • Life Transitions and Adjustment Issues
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
  • Out of Control Shopping
  • Parenting Issues & Support
  • Return to Work - Uniformed Personnel & First Responders
  • Self-Harming
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Sports Performance
  • Suicidal Thoughts

My treatment approaches:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Gottman Couples Therapy
  • Mindfulness Therapy
  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy

Assessment services:

  • ADHD Assessments
  • Anxiety Assessment
  • Assessments For Developmental Disabilities
  • Assessments for Learning Disorders
  • Behavioural Assessment
  • Career/Occupational Assessments
  • Depression Assessment
  • Functional Capacity Assessment
  • Intellectually Advanced Assessment
  • Mental Health Assessments
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Assessment
  • Personality & Behaviour Assessments
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/Trauma Assessment
  • Psychoeducational Assessment
  • SAFE Assessment