Jennifer  Johnston

Jennifer Johnston

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC

Accepting new clients for morning, afternoon, evening, & daytime appointments in Woodbridge practice (updated November 15, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Gender identity & transgender health
  • Sexual identity
  • Self harm
  • Suicidal ideation

Professional statement

Jen Johnston is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Hamden, CT who specializes in providing evidence-based, effective, and compassionate treatment to individuals navigating depression, anxiety, gender and sexual identity, self-harm, and life transitions including college and graduate school. Clients generally come to see her for support in managing their emotions or actions more effectively or in understanding themselves and their identity more fully. She sees adolescents and adults across the lifespan. In addition to offering in-person sessions, she sees clients living in CT and MA remotely.

Since many of Jen’s clients come to her looking for support in regulating their emotions, she frequently utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).  Having had extensive training in DBT, she is able to skillfully apply this therapy to many different areas. She gets to know her clients before developing an individualized treatment plan that takes into account their history and goals. Her sessions are focused on making changes in thought patterns and behaviors and learning new, healthy ways to cope effectively.

Jen works from a gender and sexuality-affirming stance. She helps her clients explore what being queer means to them and what it means to live an authentic life. Her goal is to offer a supportive environment for individuals to discover their identity.

Jen is warm and straightforward, and she strives to deeply connect with her clients, so they feel comfortable opening up to her. Outside of private practice, she is on a DBT consultation team. She received her MA from Boston University.  She looks forward to meeting you.


Message to clients

I end up working with people with a range of diagnoses and experiences, and we would work together to determine what you are most looking for help with at this point in your life. We would try to find a balance between learning how to be more accepting and appreciative of yourself right now, while also working to create meaningful change in the areas in which you want to move beyond just surviving to thriving.


Specialties

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Gender identity & transgender health - Exploring gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender variant identities; support throughout the process of transition

Sexual identity - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Self harm - Building skills and supports to cope with emotional pain, suffering, and numbness; increasing positive meaningful life experiences

Suicidal ideation - Support living with intense pain, distress, and feelings of persistent hopelessness; strengthening meaningful relationships and experiences in one’s life


General expertise



Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $85 - $150

Therapist's note

Jennifer can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Location(s)

Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Woodbridge practice

375 Mather Street

Hamden, CT 06514

Hours
  • Mon 9:30am-6:00pm
  • Tue 9:30am-6:00pm
  • Wed 9:30am-6:00pm
  • Thu 9:30am-6:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2011 - Present
Yale University, Research Associate, 2013 - 2016
Greenwich DBT, LLC, Consulting Clinician, 2013
Family Therapy & Intensive Walden Behavioral Care, Outpatient Program Co-director, 2008 - 2011
Two Brattle Center, Intern, 2007 - 2008
Boston Emergency Services Team, Practicum Intern, 2008

Boston University, MA, 2008
California State University, BA and BS, 2006


Languages

  • English

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