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Hello! My name is Diana Johnson. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in South Tampa and Adjunct Professor for the School of Social Work at the University of South Florida. I am trained in a variety of psychotherapeutic interventions such as Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Mindfulness-based Interventions.
In my practice, it’s my goal to help you get to where you want to be – whether it’s feeling a greater sense of peace from anxiety or trauma, decreased stress at home, or better managing difficult feelings. I love what I do, and would love to share what I know with you.
Feeling worried or apprehensive is a normal reaction to a stressful situation. For some people, it becomes excessive and causes them to feel a sense of dread even in everyday situations, especially in Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, And Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Worry and dread may cause physical symptoms such as muscle tension, headaches, upset stomach, and elevated heart rate. Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness Meditations are often used in treating symptoms of Anxiety.
Trauma can leave its imprint on the brain, particularly in areas responsible for how we process fear. Some people report feeling scared, angry, on edge, having difficulty sleeping, having difficulty relating to others, etc. Treatment can help alleviate symptoms and help individuals regain a sense of control over their lives. Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness Meditations are often used in treating symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress.
Stress can be our perception of pressure or a physical response to a threat. Our brain has a similar reaction whether we fear that we may lose our job or are surprised by the sudden appearance of a snake while on a walk. It very effective in helping us escape a threatening situation but if experienced long-term it can put a lot of wear and tear on our mind and body. Chronic stress increases the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack, etc. Mindfulness interventions, meditation, and exercise are great ways to reduce the impact of chronic stress.
Accelerated Resolution Therapy
ART incorporates a combination of techniques used in many other traditional psychotherapies. ART works directly to reprogram the way in which distressing memories and images are stored in the brain so that they no longer trigger strong physical and emotional reactions.ART accomplishes this through the use of rapid eye movements similar to eye movements that occur during dreaming. ART’s very specific and directive approach can achieve rapid recovery from symptoms and reactions that may have been present for many years.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of Psychotherapy that focuses on the relationships between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Unlike other therapies that focus on past experiences as root causes of conflict, CBT focuses on solutions, encouraging patients to challenge distorted cognitions and change destructive patterns of behavior. It is a gold-standard treatment for problems including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anger problems.
Mindfulness-based interventions teach concentrating on making oneself aware of all incoming thoughts and feelings and accepting them without attaching or reacting to them. This approach combines ancient wisdom with modern science to treat a wide range of concerns from everyday stress to more serious mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)