Insight Psychological Therapists - Michelle Johnston

Michelle Johnston
Michelle Johnston, Practicum Intern Therapist, (She/Her)

As an ally in your therapeutic journey, my role is to help you navigate and overcome whatever it may be that is causing you distress. I strive to create a therapeutic environment where you can feel safe to open up and discuss what’s on your mind.

More About Michelle Johnston

It takes a great deal of courage to reach out for support when life’s challenges become too overwhelming. No matter how big or how small the problem is, you deserve to feel heard and I am here to listen without judgement.

You can consider our therapeutic relationship as a collaborative partnership. Together we will work to increase your awareness and understanding of the issue, build on your existing strengths, and explore positive coping strategies.

As a practicum student intern with Insight Psychological, I am currently in the process of obtaining my Master’s of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University. I have over 6-years of experience working in the field of human services in various roles providing support to children, adolescents, adults, and families with diverse needs. My specialties include: developmental disorders (e.g. ADHD, FASD), parent/caregiver stress and burnout, and adolescent mental health concerns.

I believe that every person is unique and therapy should be designed to meet your individual needs. I like to apply a person-centered approach to the therapeutic process and incorporate techniques from different therapeutic modalities, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, and mindfulness approaches to help you achieve your goals.

A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS:

Michelle, what is your favourite quote?

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out” – Robert Collier

When did you know you wanted to become a psychologist?

I took my first introductory psychology class in university during my undergrad and I was instantly hooked. My interest in pursuing a career in the counselling profession stems from a passion for helping individuals bounce back from adversities and achieve their version of success. 

 

Qualifications

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (in progress)

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

Affiliations

Psychologist’s Association of Alberta

Certifications

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Brain Story Certification

Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) – Certified Tier 1 Training

Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT) Certification

Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level 1

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) Certification

 

Languages

  • English

I specialize in:

Anxiety & Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
Couples
  • Parenting Issues & Support
Entrepreneur Care
  • Stress Management
Grief & Loss Care
  • Family Caregiver Stress
Other Areas
  • Family Caregiver Stress
  • Stress Management
Thrive (Child & Youth)
  • Adolescent & Teen Issues
  • Parenting Issues & Support

I have experience in:

  • Adoption Issues
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Behavioural Issues
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Family Issues
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Grief and Loss
  • Learning Disorders
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Self-Harming
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Trauma

My treatment approaches:

  • Client Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Existential Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gottman Couples Therapy
  • Mindfulness Therapy
  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy