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Jody Johnson

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner

Jody Johnson, LICSW, LIMHP, began working at Wholeness Healing Center as a therapist in 2007. Jody graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with her Masters in Social Work.  She received her bachelor degree in Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Jody began as the program director for Wholeness Healing Center in January 2016. She has received training for clinical supervision and provides consultation and supervision for her colleagues and for students in community counseling and social work programs.

Experience
Jody has experience working with age groups ranging from children to the elderly.

Attachment and trauma issues can have a significant impact on the lives of children, adults, and families, Jody recognizes the importance of reestablishing healthy attachments for those who have had disruptions in relationships and equipping individuals and families with the necessary tools to heal from the trauma.   Jody has completed Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy training and utilizes this evidenced based approach to assist those impacted by trauma to manage symptoms and heal.  She also has extensive training in reactive attachment disorder and the unique approaches to assist children and families to heal from attachment disruptions.

She also assists the family members to support their loved ones who have been affected by trauma.  Jody is trained to provide Child Parent Psychotherapy interventions for those impacted by early trauma and require support to strengthen relationships with parents or caregivers, restore safety, and improve overall functioning.  The parent or caregiver as well as the child is actively involved in approaches that facilitate communication between them and involve play as a vehicle for this.  The parent or caregiver is also provided education to understand how trauma impacts the relationship and how to assist the child in healing.

Jody focuses on the development and application of coping strategies and tools for clients facing issues related to but not limited to depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, ADHD, obsessive compulsive disorder, and eating disorders.  She is certified as a Dialectical Behavioral Therapist and believes that the skills gained through this approach can assist all individuals in coping with the inevitable changes faced throughout one’s life.  She currently facilitates the adolescent DBT group and a men’s group.

These skills can also be applied to coping in times of crisis.  Jody is currently a member of the Nebraska Critical Incident Stress Management Team.  She has extensive training in group crisis intervention and provides critical incident services through the EAP program offered by Wholeness Healing Center.

Jody has had experience in working with the geriatric population.  She offers home based services whether in an independent, assisted living or nursing home setting.  She understands the needs of those facing grief and loss and recognizes the importance of healthy supports.  Her previous employment in hospice and with The ALS Association has also provided her the experience and tools to assist those facing serious and chronic illnesses that impact not only the individual but the families and caregivers as well.   

Neurofeedback is often used as an adjunct or alternative approach to treating various symptoms and mental health issues.  This intervention is often described as exercise for the brain and often teaches the brain to improve its own regulation through altering the brain waves that occur.   Jody has been trained in neurofeedback and offers this approach for peak performance, alpha-theta training, which promotes deep relaxation, or for symptom management of depression, anxiety, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, traumatic brain injury, sleep disorders, headaches/migraines, trauma, autism, ADHD/ADD, multiple sclerosis, bipolar disorder, and oppositional defiant disorder.   EEG Spectrum International, Inc.

While Jody serves individuals and families, she also has training in marital and couples counseling.   She has been trained in techniques for attachment based marital counseling as well as Gottman couples strategies.   She finds it most beneficial to provide communication tools and relationships skills that can often enhance the relationship.   Jody finds this therapy unique as individuals often learn a lot about themselves as well as their partner.

As a registered service provider for both juveniles and adults, Jody has been trained and has experience working with co-occurring issues of mental health and substance abuse.  She has training in Motivational Interviewing strategies and believes it is most effective to meet people where there are in their desire to change.   She also recognizes the importance of understanding the unique challenges for each individual, as well as considering the impact on the family system.

Jody is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and served as a board member from 2002-2003.

Personal

Jody enjoys being active and being outdoors.  She is a mother of two boys.  She loves traveling and learning about new people and places.

Recent posts by Jody

Flow Stoppers

Posted: January 1, 2015

When Ambivalence Occurs . . .

Posted: March 1, 2014

Holiday Grief

Posted: November 1, 2013

Neurofeedback for Peak Performance

Posted: October 2, 2013

Neurofeedback for Peak Performance

Posted: September 30, 2013

Am I Normal?

Posted: May 1, 2013

One Moment of Time

Posted: January 1, 2013

Frazzled or Fulfilled

Posted: November 1, 2012

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