Colleen Johnson has been in the behavioral health field in the Flathead Valley for the past 11 years. She is a Montana native and a graduate of both Carroll College, Helena, MT and of Walla Walla University School of Social Work and Sociology, College Place, WA. She believes her life purpose is to help individuals resolve their individual struggles. She works with individuals suffering with worry, anxiety, stress, shame, guilt, depression, grief and trauma. She especially has a heart for our “war veterans” suffering from PTSD. Her belief is the human person strives for a balance between their mental, physical, social/cultural and spiritual dimensions.
She utilizes a simplistic down to earth approach to therapy. Her primary mode of therapy is “expressive art” through writing, drawing, collaging, painting and sculpture. Expressive art is a safe method to explore personal experiences to obtain healing and relief. Art is a tool to move beyond ordinary consciousness. Often, individuals need more than words to describe the multidimensionality of feelings. It is not necessary to be “good at art” or to have art experience. Colleen uses mindfulness, deep breathing, gratitudes, positive self-affirmations and other research based therapeutic modalities.
Colleen enjoys traveling, writing, cooking, reading, yard work, visiting friends and art. She has two beautiful children, a son and his family in Minneapolis, MN and a daughter and her family of Columbia Falls, MT. She also has five delightful grandsons with whom she gathers much joy.