Sallyanne C. Johnson, MA
Licensed Professional Counselor
Copyright 2011. All rights reserved. Sallyanne C. Johnson, MA Licensed Professional Counselor
Information on my Method/Approach
My experience, as well as my studies in the field of psychology have led me to have a strong belief that our past experiences have great influence over our future. To help the many clients I see who come to me from a shaky or abusive past, I have developed an approach to therapy that has proven very effective. This includes (but is not limited to) filling in or repairing developmental gaps using visualization, EMDR and Lifespan Integration techniques. With this kind of therapy I have seen clients develop internal strengths and resources, and an enhanced sense of self-worth, image and confidence.
Please click on the desired method, model or technique below for more details:
Client Centered Therapy is a form of treatment developed by humanist psychologist Carl Rogers that emphasizes the importance of unconditional positive regard by the therapist toward the client. Intense listening and reflection are the center of this work.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) ) is a form of psychotherapy based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors more than external things like people, situations and events. By helping the client become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, CBT allows the client to view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. It can be used in the treatment of depression, anxiety, low self esteem and is an especially effective tool to help anyone learn how to better manage stress in their life.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
When a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it normally does. One moment becomes 'frozen in time', and remembering a trauma whether big or small may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells and feelings haven't changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.
EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. After a successful EMDR session a person no longer reexperiences an upsetting situation or event (targeted in the session) in the same way, but spontaneously sees it in a new and less distressing way.
- it improves professional and personal performance
- it frees people from upsetting memories and nightmares (life-threatening incidents, violent or sudden deaths, childhood abuse and other traumas
- it helps people to work through anger and unresolved issues "in a body-centered way"
Lifespan Integration (LI)
Lifespan Integration is a new technique which promotes rapid healing in adults and children. It helps clients to develop a solid sense of identity from the variety of experiences that have formed who they are in their lives thus far. It was developed by Peggy Pace in 2002.
LI is a gentle technique which relies on the innate ability of the body-mind to heal itself. It is able to access previous experiences related to a current problem, has the client imaginally revisit those experiences, bringing into the past whatever resources were needed at that time for a positive or more appropriate resolution. The therapist then leads the client through time, from the past to the present, using a series of visual images of scenes from the client's life. This use of “timeline” visualization proves to the client's body-mind system that time has passed and life is different now. This proof occurs at a deeper level than is possible with commonly-used cognitive behavioral methods as LI goes beneath ideas and rational thinking to create new and more healthy neurological patterns.
It is well known that adults who have had difficult experiences in childhood often spend years in therapy emoting and talking about their past, yet still have trouble moving forward. Our sense of self is informed by the way we interpreted our experiences during the developing years of life when we had not yet developed enough wisdom and perspective to make realistic evaluations of unfortunate situations. And we are often left with negative and inaccurate perceptions about ourselves and our abilities. LI has the ability to heal these mis-perceptions so that clients find themselves spontaneously reacting to current stressors in more appropriate ways. After several sessions of LI, clients have reported they feel better about life, like themselves more, and enjoy healthier relationships.
Located in Aspen, Colorado
Sallyanne guides partners in:
- how to become more observant of and sensitive to each other
- becoming more insightful about themselves and their partner
- changing those reactions within the relationship that maintain negative behavior patterns
- creating new interactions that will lead to greater and more loving bonding in the relationship
She is directive, and helps clients to focus on the process rather than the content or the stories they bring in. She shows clients what effective and positive patterns of interaction look like in session, and encourages them to practice them outside of sessions.
Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises” (TRE)
TRE is a simple technique that uses exercises designed to help individuals release stress or tension as a result of difficult situations, immediate or prolonged stressful situations, or traumatic life experiences i.e. natural disasters, social or domestic violence. Practice of the exercises retrains our body in its innate ability to discharge or shake off the effects of tension, thereby restoring safety and relaxation in the body, and promoting a sense of well-being.