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Articles by Laura L.C. Johnson

Laura L.C. Johnson, MA, MBA, is a licensed marriage and family therapist in California, whose therapeutic approach combines positive psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy and schema therapy. Laura is the Founder and Director of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Silicon Valley and the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Sacramento Valley. Laura practices evidence-based therapy personalized to the individual client.

Same Time Next Week (Book Review)
June 3, 2015 – 7:00 am | No Comment

I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did, but I found myself thinking about some of the stories long after I read them. I especially enjoyed the stories by individuals who personally experienced mental health disorders. They described the essential features of their recoveries, some of which are completely unexpected. Each story, whether by a therapist or a patient, is well-written from a personal perspective and reads like a mini-novel.

Positive Strength-Based Counseling and Therapy
August 25, 2014 – 10:00 am | 3 Comments

How do therapists identify and incorporate strengths in the therapy process? Read on to learn about five themes and associated interventions.

Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology (Book Review)
May 6, 2013 – 6:56 am | 6 Comments

I believe that Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology: The Seven Foundations of Well-Being is the first book to look at the commonalities and differences between positive psychology and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Steven Hayes, founder of ACT, sums up the message of this book in its last chapter, “What you hold in your hands is the beginning of a conversation.”

Positive Psychology for Depression (Book Review)
March 26, 2012 – 10:58 am | 3 Comments

Positive Psychology for Depression is a book specifically designed to help people with a predisposition toward depression foster and maintain a more positive mood. The author, has suffered from depression herself. She includes many personal anecdotes that show how positive psychology has helped her to combat her depression and maintain a more cheerful mood over time.

A Mindful Approach for Chronic Depression
October 25, 2010 – 8:00 am | 18 Comments
A Mindful Approach for Chronic Depression

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), developed by Segal, Williams, and Teasdale, has been shown to be effective in reducing relapse among people with three or more depressive episodes. Like positive psychology, MBCT helps participants to observe their negative thoughts with curiosity and kindness, to accept themselves and stop wishing things were different, to let go of old habits and choose a different way of being, and to be present and notice small beauties and pleasures in the world.

Evolution of Psychotherapy: Resilience through Client Strengths
December 25, 2009 – 6:00 pm | One Comment
Evolution of Psychotherapy: Resilience through Client Strengths

Earlier this month, I attended the Evolution of Psychotherapy. Billed as the world’s largest psychotherapy conference, it is held every 4-5 years and attracts over 6,000 people.
I first attended the Evolution conference …

Inside the Love Lab: Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work
October 24, 2009 – 11:07 pm | 13 Comments
Inside the Love Lab: Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work

In the “Love Lab,” researchers claim they can predict with 91% accuracy whether a couple will thrive or fail after watching and listening to them for just five minutes. The Love Lab is actually …

Counterclockwise by Ellen Langer (Book Review)
September 25, 2009 – 1:34 pm | No Comment
Counterclockwise by Ellen Langer (Book Review)

In Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility, Ellen Langer, a psychology professor at Harvard, says that “knowing what is and knowing what can be are not the same thing.” Langer’s research over …

Savoring and Mindful Eating
August 25, 2009 – 7:42 pm | No Comment
Savoring and Mindful Eating

This month’s theme of savoring got me to thinking about how the concept of savoring can be used by my clients with eating disorders. I work with people who struggle with emotional eating, compulsive overeating, …

Emotion Regulation: The 25th Character Strength
July 25, 2009 – 8:51 pm | No Comment
Emotion Regulation: The 25th Character Strength

In the Character Strengths and Virtues Handbook, emotion regulation is included within the classification for self-regulation. Self-regulation is conceptualized as self-control, or “how a person exerts control over his or her own responses so as …

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