Johnette Cook, MS, LPC, LCDC
Most of us have felt alone and isolated at some point in our lives. It can be difficult to manage life’s stressors and challenges when feelings of grief, depression or anxiety prevail. Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” As a therapist my primary role is to bear witness to the stories clients tell and help each individual find a unique and individual pathway to healing. I have a background in mental health, crisis intervention, trauma related services and substance abuse counseling, holding a license as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor as well as being a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have worked with children, adolescents, couples, individuals and families. While I utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches depending on the client’s needs and goals, I am an advocate of narrative therapy which allows me, as the therapist, to be a collaborative partner in helping clients grow and heal. My love of language and the healing component of authentic and genuine communication has always played a large role in my life from my early days as a classroom English teacher to my role as a therapist now. I utilize journaling, assigned readings, focused writing and third person narratives as a method of aiding clients in their journeys to finding a sense of inner peace and wellness. I have been greatly influenced by the research and works of Brene Brown, Kristen Neff, Megan Devine and Michael White. I also recognize how often shame plays a role in preventing us from healing from loss and traumatic experiences. As additional therapeutic methods, I employ techniques of CBT, DBT, person centered, and solution focused therapy. I allow the client to determine the pace and intensity of the therapeutic process. If you need a partner on the possible paths to actually feeling better about who you are and the life you are creating, contact me today.