Dr Amber Johnston, PsyD., CPsychol, PgDip Clinical Neuropsychology, MSc
Welcome! With so many therapists to choose from, it can be difficult to know how to select one! My name is Dr Amber Johnston, and I am a personable, outgoing Clinical Psychologist with many years of experience treating regular people struggling with the many stresses life throws at us all. With doctoral-level training, I have become experienced in a wide variety of treatment modalities, meaning that I get to know each client as an individual and work with that client to tailor techniques and strategies from many treatment options which fit their specific goals. And the relationship is everything, so building that trusting relationship is the high priority from the minute you walk through my door. The initial assessment will be our way forward, so do come see if I can help!
As a Clinical Psychologist trained in the United States of America, I have had a broad range of training and/or supervision in modalities such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and the new-wave CBT treatments such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT). Psychodynamic therapy was my original treatment modality of choice, but I have since become well-versed in more practical, problem-solving treatments, including motivation and behaviour work. With these treatment options, I like to be eclectic and tailor a treatment approach that is collaborative to find the right techniques that work for you.
I have specialised in Clinical Psychology in mostly medical hospital settings. This means I have specialised with those suffering from stress and emotional responses to a variety of health-related diagnoses, including neurological injury, medical illness diagnosis, and chronic pain. I also work with clients who need to make lifestyle changes after medical warnings, such as those who may need support and motivation to improve their diet and exercise routines or to cut back on smoking/alcohol habits. Some of the more common general issues I treat include:
- Anxiety/Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
- Stress, including time off work.
- Adapting to life changes.
- Relationship Issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
My training in Psychology has taken me to many places to experience a broad cross-section of society across two continents. I trained as an undergraduate in Texas, USA before coming to the University of Reading for a Master’s in Developmental Psychology.
From there, I embarked upon Doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at the George Washington University in Washington D.C. My training involved work in university therapy clinics as well as in the prison system, and at this point, I discovered an interest in neuropsychology too. I moved to Denver, Colorado, USA to re-focus my learning towards hospitals for patients seeking a variety of medical treatment (including burn victims, those in physical rehabilitation, those recovering from surgery, and those needing medical attention after acute illness).
Then returning to the United Kingdom, I now practice in a medical setting, specialising part-time with neurological rehabilitation and part-time with people desiring outpatient sessions to enhance their emotional well-being!
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Neuropsychology: cognitive assessment, adaptation to life after neurological injury, stroke, TBI
Rates are charged at £110 for an hour session.
I am registered with most major private insurance companies at agreed rates, meaning the full cost of sessions would be covered. Please speak with your provider.