Jill Johnson, MA

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

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Education:

Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, MI.  Bachelor of Science: Leadership.  2010.

Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, MI.  Masters of Arts in Counseling.  2014

Services Provided:

  • Relationship Counseling.
  • Individual Psychotherapy.
  • Book Discussion Groups.

Background:

I feel that my journey in becoming a therapist started with my own existential questions many years ago. As long as I can remember, as a child I asked the big questions. They were questions such as, why am I here? What is life about or supposed to be about? What is the purpose, my purpose here? Maybe this was my first awakening …I remember being a shy child that seemed to be on the outside looking in. I was observing, but curious and enjoyed watching people interact with each other.

As I grew into a teen I was confused, insecure and wondering where life would take me. I made choices that I thought were best but would bring me to a desperate place in my mid- twenties. I began to ask the big questions even louder and with more urgency for answers. At this point, I had lived long enough to experience some of life’s pains and disappointments, as well as emotional pain I felt from my own doubts, fears, loneliness, and insecurities.

I spent much of my years as many have, in what I call the land of confusion, frustration and insecurities; oftentimes, experiencing more emotional pain than love and joy in my life. I longed for peace in my heart and mind. I was seeking the “something more” in my life.  The part of me that could experience joy, love and lightness. I wanted to be able to love myself and others in a more authentic way.

My quest began….I picked up a couple books such as A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson, as well as The Road Less Traveled, by M. Scott Peck.  These books began to feed my soul to the point that I experienced a newness to all of life. A new energy, vitality and a love for people that did not exist previously was present. I was aware of life through a new intuition. My soul/spirit was alive and active in everything I did.

The new energy that I was experiencing helped me to have the courage to begin the internal journey to know self. I desired some kind of direction and wanted to be able to put words to what was happening inside me. I read more books.

As I did, I was finding the wisdom I needed to begin to pay attention to my internal emotions and thoughts, as well as understanding the behavior that resulted from what was going on in my psyche. I began sharing what I was learning with trusted friends, which proved enriching because they too had some of the same challenges.

At this time I began to think that I would like to help people get to know themselves and the source of their own Authentic self within. I believe that there are many things that will motivate our lives but one that rises to the top is the goal of becoming “free to love.” To be able to love without hindrances from past wounds or insecurities. To heal and know my true essence self became a quest for me.

This quest turned into pursuing my education and rearranging my life goals in hopes that one day I would be able to help others grow, evolve, heal and love.

Through the years I worked as a nursing assistant as well as a veterinary assistant. The work was fulfilling because I felt I was helping others.

I recently completed a year internship at the Shelter for Abused Women and Children. I realize without my own challenges and continued growth I would not be fit to have the privilege of helping others with their own heart and life.I am grateful and happy to join the team at Conscious Choices. It is literally a dream come true.

I will end with a quote that speaks to our type of conscious counseling and what I believe to be true in the process of therapy…

“Only within yourself exists that other reality for which you long.  I can give you nothing that has not already its being within you.  I can throw open no picture gallery but your own soul.  All I can give you is the opportunity, the impulse, the key.”

~ Hermann Hesse

 

Phone: 239.434.5855 

Email: jill@consciouschoices.net