Focused Counseling & Therapy, LLC.

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                          Why Not Just Speak to a Friend or Family Member?

At times we all need someone who will listen. Somethings can be so sensitive or difficult we cannot talk to those involved. Maybe we need to discuss such issues with those we are closest to us but can't or don't know how without causing conflict. 

We all have relationships. These include those with others and ourselves. These can become “complicated” and impact our ability to function in our lives and cause significant distress (individually and in relationships), often leading to poor coping/adapting skills, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and other issues. Changes in life can also often cause challenges and lead to distress and conflict.

Other times we want to grow personally and/or professionally and develop but not sure how!

These are just some of the ways a good counselor or therapist can help and is different than talking to a good friend or family member. A safe place where you can be open, honest, safe and free from judgment!

Focused Counseling & Therapy Services
Below are a few of  our primary areas of service. 

Personalized Counseling, Managing Tough Changes, Group Therapy, We Are What We Think,

Power of Perspective, When the Storm Rages, Work Life Balance, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing


Personalized Counseling

You are more than just a client coming to our office. You are an individual with a story as important and diverse as anyone else.  You are the expert on your life and I am a guide. Life can go sideways. At times issues arise that can trigger challenges leading to dysfunction, despair, distress even suicidal idealizations.  We might not even know why they are there, but they are and they need to be addressed. In our sessions we will have goals, plans, ideas of what we want to accomplish. Our ultimate goal is to make you more whole. I use no pre-prescribed treatment but an organic approach with you at the lead and me beside you as we take this journey together! Sometimes we can all just use a helping and sincere ear and a different perspective.

Managing Tough Changes

Changes at times can be simple as moving to being  complicated like divorce or devastating like grief. Such changes are often traumatic. These can cause anxiety, depression and other serious issues. There are many factors that impact how we successfully manage such events. Some are effective where others can make us feel lost or become problematic. These factors may be related and influenced beyond the event itself. These can be related to the past, present and future. We will figure it out and develop a plan to manage such events. It is a journey where you are not alone. We can help you get the support you need. Times like these can help us define who we are and who we want to be.

Group Therapy

Although individual counseling works great, it is not uncommon to experience a feeling of loneliness at times. In our modern society, where technology has replaced face to face interaction and communication, people are often feeling more stressed, anxious, depressed and isolated than ever. However you are not alone. We often find support in each other.  We share in common more than that which differentiates us. This may can give us the strength we need to move forward.  Groups will be specific and open at times. I will be glad to talk to you about these and ease your concerns and answer any questions. Groups usually include 6 to12 people at most.

We Are What We Think

You woke up and started having thoughts. Maybe they were positive like it will be a great day, looking forward to work. Maybe you woke with thoughts of dread, of how today will be miserable and how others will ruin your day. Such thoughts can dictate how your day begins and evolves. Our thoughts are words and WORDS HAVE POWER. In 3 minutes you can uplift someone and encourage or discourage them. The same is true for ourselves. These automatic thoughts  are learned from our past and reinforced in the present. We will find out what they are, why they exist and how to change them together! This is often a cause of relational/personal stress.

Power of Perspective

We tend to believe we know who we are. Maybe you do. You are a culmination of life experiences influenced by events and relationships. These interact in ways we may not be aware of. We may also think we know what other think of us. We can probably all think of times we were wrong about that. For your whole life you have been given messages of who you are, what's important and what makes you of value. Have you truly evaluated if these are true? Are there things that cause you distress and not sure why? Maybe you assume everyone loves you or the thought of relationships with others scare you. There is a reason why and it can be overcome.

When The Storm Rages

Storms can rage but usually do pass but can leave a mess. You may be in the midst of one right now. What to do? Which steps should be taken? What plans should be made? What do you do when it is over and you are faced with the aftermath? What if the storm stays, how do we cope? These can definitively be sources of dysfunction, despair and distress. Well we will take this journey with you. We will be a resource and be able to give you a list of resources you can utilize.  The storms will come, they will rage and pass. Our services are here your help you as life's storms rage and pass and we develop a plan on what to do after.

Work, Life Balance

As a Human Resources consultant, I have seen people bring work related stress home and vice versa. This can have a devastating effect on families. These are learned behaviors and habits and can be unlearned. Is your work life unbalanced? Does it  cause stress at home or the office? We will discuss why and how it became this way and what can be done. If you work 8+ hours a day and are miserable or stressed you will take that home. Likewise if home life is a source of distress then it will impact your work. This can be worked on and improved it just takes effort and commitment. Life is often a series of habits and work life balance is a habit that may need to be adjusted. This can be difficult so we will begin where you are and take realistic steps.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a unique form of psychotherapy designed to diminish negative feelings associated with memories of traumatic events. Unlike most forms of talk therapy, EMDR focuses less on the traumatic event itself and more on the disturbing emotions and symptoms that result from the event. Treatment includes a hand motion technique used by the therapist to guide the client’s eye movements from side to side, similar to watching a pendulum swing. Some studies have shown, however, that EMDR is effective for treating certain mental-health conditions from depression to anxiety.  We will educate you on what it is and what to expect.  It can be effective but not always appropriate depending on the condition and person.

Meet Jason C. Johnson, MA, ALC

My goal as a counselor/therapist is to bring a high and genuine level of caring, empathy and hope to every session. My counseling and therapy is interpersonal focused with an emphasis on cognitive and emotional healing. Sessions are goal focused with the plan to work together to help you feel whole, healed and ready to move forward in life. If you have questions about me, my background and experience feel free to call or e-mail me and I would be happy to speak with you! When not working or spending time with family I enjoy working with many groups. These include those with addictions, adults and the elderly.  I work under the supervision of Cheryl Bray, MS, LPC-S.

What to Expect and Cost

I encourage you to watch the short video to get an idea of what to expect when you visit.

The stigma of going to a counselor or therapist is fading rapidly. Our services are designed with one purpose in mind and that is you.  We will discuss what is going on in your life, which direction you want to go and how to get there.  Our services go beyond traditional psychotherapy to personal and professional development.  Cost for our services are generally $50.00 per session.  A session can last 1 to 2 hours.  Our goal is for sessions to end organically and not stopped arbitrarily due to time constraints.


The Bad Vet That Was Good

So many times we are bombarded by negative/divisive messages. If not careful we can internalize them and make them our own. I work with many people where others may have built the bars but the door gate is open. They just need the clarity, desire and determination to get out. Often a therapist's job is to help the client move forward and out of any self imposed negatively imposed restrictions. It is amazing to see it work and someone grow. 

Marriage "for Worse"

In marriage vows we often say for better or worse. Somehow how we have taken for worse and think finances or down times in the marriage or when we hit a rough patch. People will end the marriage to the "for worse" when what they often consider the "for worse" to be is just a difficult season in their marriage so the bolt. This is becoming increasingly common. This video will address this and why it is serious problem. Not talking about infidelity or abuse

Power of the Infinite

People come see me for many reasons. Not unlike other counselors/therapists. We utilize the different techniques, we establish goals, treatment plans, etc. However, there is another aspect. It is the aspect of wonder. The same wonder many had as kids looking at an amazing world with endless possibilities. Then life proceeds, jobs are needed, bills paid, relationships managed, trauma dealt with, etc. However, the wonder never left, we may have just forgotten to see it. The grand mystery of existence is there. In our practice we incorporate this, and it is powerful. This video provides an example. The power of the infinite

Recent Grief - Slight Relief

When we lose someone we love and care about there are not many things as painful to endure. Often when we think about them we recall seeing them in their final moment, or after, like a visitation. This simply hurts. This video provides a technique that can bring slight relief rather quickly. Have seen it work many times and even on myself.

Foundations of Mental Health

Mental health treatment can be very effective. This video describes 3 essential foundations that will make any plans, goals, learning new skills, developing coping mechanisms that much better. These tend be overlooked but they are a must for individual success.

Power, Sex, Drugs, Corruption

Most people do not seek out to be a corrupt person. However, they can put themselves into positions where the likelihood of becoming corrupt is increased. This video discusses one way via basic human cravings.

Common Humanity

We have so many things that are told that divide us that it seems everyone is divided. These divisions are often based on ideologies. News media loves to exploit these. When you remove these ideologies (e.g. politics, religion) you see that we have more in common than not. This is especially true with our common experience and humanity.

Priming a Conversation

Communication really is an art although it seems basic. This video talks about how to frame a potential difficult conversation in a way that can minimize chances for conflict.

Why I Made my Client Cry

At times we can define our identity in terms of solid pedestals (e.g, honest). When such pedestals are shaken or falter we feel distress because our identity seems to have crumbled or cracked. This video provides an example of how this happens, how to avoid it and understand that identity is not a set standard but a constant process of becoming.

A Message to Child Abusers

Child abuse may just take a moment or may last for a long period of time. Either way it can cause extreme damage. If you find yourself abusing a child. Please stop, think and get help. I beg you. Do not emotionally cripple a child due to lack of control, temper issues, substance use or impulses.

Adult Development

There are many resources on childhood development. However, it seems once someone hits 18 or adulthood then they are "developed" However we due continue to develop throughout our adult years. These should also be considered and used as an evaluation and self assessment tool. Not all kids develop equally and not all adults do. This video discusses why this is important. .

Breaking the Cycle

Many times abuse and other problematic behaviors can become a generational norm. The norm is thus used by an adult to deal with stressful situations. They get upset at their kids or spouse and that generational norm kicks in and they react poorly and usually regret it. Some of the strongest people I have met have made the decision to break that cycle. Instead they choose to be loving, caring and nurturing. Not always easy and often times my clients are dealing with this. But it CAN be done.

The Positive

You do not have to look far or long for bad news about this virus. It is in our face 24 hours. Yet there is another story that should be shared. That is the amazing extent people are going to help each other and incredible acts of kindness which should give us all hope.

Self Care and Corona

People are panicking. This is the trial of a generation. Definitely one for this century. Many feel helpless, some are terrified and hysterical with fear. The plan to get through this is through objective knowledge and action. This video discusses the role of fear and the importance of objectivity and self care during this time .

Just Tell Them

Often as time goes by we just assume that those in our life know how we feel. We assume they know all the ways they impact us for good. So nothing is said, our relationship gets in a rut, and it impacts us negatively. We then are confused at the state of distress we may be in or our relationship. This video discusses why telling someone how you feel over just assuming they know can truly change the dynamics of the relationship.

Passion and Purpose

People come to see me at my Practice for many reasons. I can often place a certain percentage in broad categories, those with passion with purpose and those with with out. Passion and purpose are not the same but do compliment each other. A life without either, or one or without the other can become problematic when the external and internal storms of life occur. This often leads people to a place I call the void. This is what this video discusses.

Money, Purpose and Meaning

Money is often idolized in our country. Yes money can lessen stressors when it comes to the necessities of life but it does not give us purpose or meaning. When our primary goal is to make more money we may find our selves in a nice car and clothes but potentially devoid of meaning and purpose. Now you can have all three. The problem is when we think the money is ultimate goal and it in itself will give us meaning and purpose.

Grief Moving Forward

Grief due to the loss of a loved one is probably one of the worst pains. When it happens to us it devastates our world. We are bombarded by platitudes that it will get better and time heals. This video is a raw look at grief but ends with why there is hope and how you know when you are moving forward.

Presented Vs. Authentic Self

Every day we wake up and put on a presentation of what we want others to think about us, who we want to be a be perceived as. Then we go deeper to find our authentic self. Sometimes the person we present and the authentic self does not mesh. Friction then occurs and problems arise. This video go into detail as to why.

From Suicide to Hope

Suicide attempts are rising. Many do not understand it. They can even get mad at the person who does the act. That is understandable. However, it is important to understand why someone would consider suicide and the warning signs. You may just save a life.

Blast from the Past

On specific days like valentines or anniversaries we may tell our significant other what they mean to us. We then spend the next 350+ days talking and likely having some conflicts which is common. Now during the year at random times remind the other of how you fell in love, what you love(d) about them and how you value them. It might just change the dynamics of your relationship (for the better).

Impact of Infidelity on Children

Many people cheat on their spouses or committed partners. This in of it self is terrible but when children are involved it gets much worse. It can negatively impact them for life and damage self-image, ability to trust and hurt relationships before they even enter one.

Belief helps drive our daily lives and decisions. The fact is sometimes these are wrong and can be destructive. These beliefs are often based on assumptions of past experiences, things we have been told and seen. We should spend time validating them!


Whether personal or in relationships at times we want ourselves or others to change. This is extremely difficult. often times It seems impossible cause of the mesh of influences that make us who we are. Now as for others we can't change them but we can influence them and take steps towards self-improvement .


Today I was struck learning how a favorite singer of mine recently died of an overdose at 46 . I am not far from that age and realized clearly that Generation X is now "middle aged". "Midlife crisis" has been discussed thoroughly enough. So this video is more about what commonalities got us here and why the 40s are as important as our 20s. Especially in regards to our physical/mental health and potential future.

Penn State did a great study on love and not surprising they found verbal and physical affection important. I would like to propose another factor and welcome your feedback. A question we rarely ask but actually consider more than we realize and one of an essential nature.


We are conveniently located in downtown Daphne on Main Street.  We are easy to find with a large sign out front.  We look forward to hearing from you.  Even if you just have some questions about our practice we would be glad to speak with you.  Don't feel pressured to share personal information. Thanks.