Hi there and welcome! My name is Amanda Johnson, I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. I sincerely enjoy being a therapist and feel it is a honor to work in a field where I can connect with people and help others. I love human interaction and have a passion for wanting to help people feel empowered to explore who they are or where they are struggling in their journey of life. Through empathy, compassion, and a collaborative therapeutic approach, I believe a feeling of fulfillment, growth, and overall mental wellness is possible. I’d like to share with you a little about my journey and what has brought me to the counseling field.
I am a single mother raising two daughters in Orange County. We thoroughly enjoy living by the beach and are often down by the water with our toes in the sand or out in the water cruising the channels in our sabot sail boat. Raising kids keeps me on my toes, that’s for sure, and I enjoy all ups and downs that come with being a single parent. Life with a pre-teen and teenager comes with a lot of feelings and emotional situations, but also a lot of opportunities to express love and understanding and learn new ways to respectfully communicate our differences with each one another. Unfortunately, a few years back, my daughters lost their father when he lost his battle with alcoholism. Our journey through this as a family was one of many life experiences that gives me passion for wanting to help others. Whether you are struggling with your mental health, addiction, grief and loss, domestic violence, relationships, life transitions or just wanting to grow and develop your personal sense of self, I am here to help you reach your therapeutic goals and feel good about the direction you are moving forward in with your life.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Fullerton in Human Services and went on to receive my Masters in Counseling from CSUF as well. I have worked for several years in the mental health field and have worked for different agencies in addition to health centers in the college campus setting. I work with individuals, couples, families, and adolescents, and have a special interest in supporting individuals and families through grief and loss, single parenting, parenting teens, and those struggling with their own, or a loved one’s, addiction. I have an eclectic style that allows me to use an integrated approach and tailor my therapy to meet the individual needs of each client.
I enjoy the many aspects of the therapeutic process and look forward to partnering with you in your journey towards wellness.