Shelby Johnson, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

NC License #4873

I provide individual therapy services for older teens (15 and up) and adults in an outpatient setting.  Generally speaking, I provide weekly or bi-weekly appointments, and sessions last approximately 50-55 minutes.  My most specialized experience and training involves working with eating disorders, trauma, perfectionism, and identity development, including LGBTQ concerns.  I also have expertise working with most general concerns, including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, women’s issues, grief and loss.  I have worked with children, teens, and adults in settings ranging from a community clinic, to a college counseling center, to a hospital.  I value and have experience working with individuals from all different walks of life representing a variety of presenting concerns. 

When clients meet with me, it is important to work together as collaborators in order to find what actually works for your needs, strengths, and goals. Life experiences, environment, and circumstances all shape our understanding of ourselves, of others, and of the world.  Your problems cannot be taken out of their context and viewed only as internal issues.  Growth for anyone occurs through relationship and connection with others, so I attend to the quality of the therapeutic relationship to help you learn how to create change in your life. While I do not utilize skill-based behavioral approaches with every client, I have training in DBT and CBT.  I can incorporate these into a larger systematic approach to help you identify and change issues within your control.

Clients tell me that within the context of their work with me they feel safe, heard, and understood.  They state this is part of what allows them to build confidence to take risks to achieve their goals and create the kinds of lives and relationships that they want to have.  There is nothing that means more to me than helping people do these very things.

Some things You can Achieve through counseling:

  • Greater understanding of yourself and your particular ways of coping and being in the world.
  • A reduction of symptoms and distress related to your presenting concerns.
  • Improved interpersonal relationships and an awareness of how to seek these out.
  • Greater self-acceptance and self-compassion.
  • More choices about how to deal with difficulties when they arise.
  • An ability to change patterns that repeat themselves in your life, and to break habits that encourage these patterns.
  • An increased ability to experience and tolerate a wider range of emotions and a better understanding of these emotions.
  • A stronger sense of self.