Aja Johnson, AMFT

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Phonetic pronunciation of name: “ASIA”

Role at Evergreen: Clinician

As a therapist, my goal is to help my clients re-work the stories that people have about themselves. I want to empower clients to have a sense of agency over their lives and to accept themselves and the things that are behind their control. My intentions are to create a safe space where clients can turn towards moments of vulnerability.

Clinical modalities used with clients

Therapy services location

Hybrid. Offering both in-person sessions in our Berkeley offices and remote telehealth sessions for clients all over California.

Clinical Style

Client-centered, non-judgmental, direct, and compassionate.

License

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #110352, supervised by Beth Hermosillo, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #51152

Degrees

The University of Oregon | M.S in Couples and Family Therapy | 2018

The University of Nevada | B.S in Human Development and Family Studies | 2015

Why I do this work

I believe that all humans innately have the capacity for change and growth. I also believe that each and every one of us has a unique story that helps to shape our views of the world. In life, our stories can at times become complicated and overwhelming and in these moments, we may need to seek help in order to find clarity. Therapy creates a unique opportunity for individuals from similar or different backgrounds to work together to help overcome different stressors in life, as well as to celebrate moments of strength and resilience. Theoretically, I work from a systemic framework which allows me to look not only at a specific situation or incident but to look at your life and your story from a holistic viewpoint. In therapy, we will work together to help you achieve the goals that feel most salient. I am excited and honored to be a part of your journey.

The best part of my job

The best part of my job is watching clients increase their confidence, learn about their patterns and behaviors and live their authentic lives.

How I spend my free time

Exercising at Orangetheory Fitness, working on my book, and spending time with my niece.

Favorite quote

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” Maya Angelou

Top personal growth resources

  • The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD
  • It Didn’t Start With You by Mark Wolynn

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