Laura L.C. Johnson, MBA, MA, LMFT

Certified Cognitive Behavior Therapist•(408) 384-8404

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Positive Approach to Therapy
My focus on positive, strength-based counseling and therapy comes from both my training in positive psychology as well as my personal values that therapy (and life) is most satisfying when we look at what's right.

Certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
I have a passion for my work as a therapist and for helping my clients make real changes in their lives. That's why I offer cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) instead of traditional talk therapy. I have extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and eating disorders and in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) for emotion regulation. I am a graduate of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy and certified in cognitive therapy by the Academy for Cognitive TherapyI am also intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) through Behavioral Tech. I receive ongoing case consultation and supervision in cognitive behavior therapy.

Psychology and Business Background
I have a unique background as a psychotherapist with a Columbia MBA and hands-on management experience in the corporate world. This has given me an insider's view into how a demanding work environment affects a high-achieving person's emotional and physical health. As a result, I have a special focus on anxiety disorders and stress management for business professionals and their families.

I have been providing individual and group therapy to adults, children, teenagers and families since 2006. Below are a few highlights of my qualifications and experience.

  • MA, Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University with a focus on health psychology
  • MBA, Columbia Business School, New York City
  • BA, Communications, University of Miami
  • Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, Certified in Cognitive Therapy as of July 2011
  • Graduate, Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Philadelphia, 2010-2011 (year long intensive training program in CBT with workshops, weekly case consultation and review of session recordings)
  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist MFC-48807
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor LPC-47
Clinical Experience
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapist in Private Practice in San Jose, CA, 2010 to present
  • Private practice internship focusing on anxiety and eating disorders, 2009-2010
  • Kaiser Permanente, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic in San Jose, 2008-2009
  • YWCA of Silicon Valley, Outpatient Clinic, 2007-2008
  • Willow Glen High School, On-site Counseling, 2007-2008
  • Suicide & Crisis Services of Santa Clara County, 2007-2010
  • Bill Wilson Center, Contact Cares, 2006-2007
  • Department of Drug & Alcohol Services of Santa Clara County, 2006-2007
Consultation and Supervision in CBT
  • Bi-weekly individual CBT case consultation with Christine Padesky, PhD, Center for Cognitive Therapy (2011-present)
  • Weekly group CBT Training at Stanford University led by David Burns, MD,  Jill Levitt, PhD, and Matt May, PhD (2010-2011)
  • Weekly individual CBT supervision with Shelley Milestone, PhD, Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (2010-2011)
  • Bi-weekly individual DBT supervision with Shari Manning, PhD, Treatment Implementation Collaborative (2011)
Noteworthy Psychotherapy Training
  • Intensive Training in the Evidence-Based Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder at the Behavior Therapy Training Institute of the OCD Foundation (January 2011)
  • International OCD Foundation Annual Conference (July 2010 and July 2011)
  • Advanced Behavior Therapy Training Institute focused on Body Dysmorphic Disorder (July 2011)
  • Advanced CBT Workshops at the Beck Institute in Depression (October 2010), Anxiety Disorders (January 2011) and Challenging Problems/Personality Disorders (June 2011)
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Trans-Diagnostic Sleep Problems in Clinical Practice with Allison Harvey, PhD (September 2010)
  • Cognitive Therapy Four-Day Intensive Training with Dr. David Burns, MD (July 2010)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Intensive Training Program and 10-Day Workshop, Behavioral Tech, Seattle (2007-2008); Member of a DBT Consultation Team (2007-2010)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents, Two-Day Workshop with Dr. Alec Miller PhD
  • Evidence-Based Practice Learning Community: ongoing training in basic and cutting edge therapy practices that balance science with compassion
  • Anxiety Disorders courses at University of California, Berkeley
  • Eating Disorders courses at JFK University, Campbell/Pleasant Hill
  • Eating Disorders in Children, Adolescents and Young Adults, Stanford University School of Medicine (October 2009)
  • Summit for Clinical Excellence, Advanced Treatments for Eating Disorders (June 2009)
  • Evolution Of Psychotherapy conference (2009 and 2005)
  • Anxiety Disorders Association of America
  • Academy of Cognitive Therapy
  • Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy
  • Northern California CBT Network 
  • OCD Foundation
  • Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine
  • Trichotillomania Learning Center
  • Selective Mutism Group

Business Experience

Prior to becoming a therapist, I obtained an MBA from Columbia Business School and had a successful career in the corporate world for over 16 years. I held managerial roles in marketing, brand and product management, and corporate philanthropy at Fortune 500 companies in the technology, financial services and travel industries in the Bay Area and on the East Coast, including Microsoft, Intuit, Wells Fargo and Royal Caribbean. I decided to leave the corporate world and become a therapist because I had always had a passion for psychology and wanted to have a more meaningful career that would allow me to make a direct impact on people's lives. Nonetheless, my experience in results-oriented business environments has influenced my therapy practice.  It has led me to specialize in evidence-based, change-oriented therapies that help my clients set goals, develop action plans and achieve positive results that improve their lives.

Laura L.C. Johnson, MBA, M
Certified Cognitive Therapist by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy
Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Silicon Valley, 
Adult & Child Counseling, Inc.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPC-47
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, MFC48807
12961 Village Drive, Suite C, Saratoga, CA 95070
(408) 384-8404

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