Jo Anna Johnson
I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and my Master of Science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Capella of University. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor for the state of Alabama (#4156), Certified
Clinical Hypnotherapist (CCH), and have been authorized to engage in private practice of counseling.
I started my professional career working as an adult outpatient case manager for a community mental health facility shortly after graduating from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa on May 2011. As an adult outpatient case manager I assessed the needs of
my clients in order to develop a plan of care which lists out the actions required to meet their treatment goals, as well as coordinated contacts between the client and appropriate persons or agency through linkage and advocacy to further help that individual address their reported issues. I also conducted and documented psychoeducational group sessions for men and women who have a dual diagnosis related to substance abuse and mental illness. I worked in this position for approximately one year before deciding
to quit my job, and move to the Mobile, AL area.
Once in Mobile, AL I decided to go back to school in September 2012 and get my master’s degree at Capella University. While working on my Masters, I interned at a facility where I was granted the invaluable opportunity to conduct individual and group therapy sessions
with adult women mandated by the court to receive anger management treatment, and addressed any of their other presenting issues (such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse, developing healthier coping skills, stress management, etc.). After earning
my graduate’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, I made the decision to work at clinic that provided medication assisted maintenance treatment as a substance abuse counselor and help individuals who struggle with opiate dependency.
Now, I am the owner of Practical Choices and Healthy Change Therapy, LLC. I serve adult individuals ages 18 and up experiencing a wide variety of issues. These issues consist of but are not limited to problems associated with addiction, anger management, and trauma.
I utilize an integrative-psychotherapeutic approach which uses information taken during your biopsychosocial interview and continual assessment of your current stage of change, coping style, reactance level, and treatment preferences to decide techniques effective
in addressing the presenting problem. As such, my role as counselor will change to match your needs; whether it be advisor, supporter, consultant, etc.