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Deborah Johanson, LPC - Couples Counseling, EMDR, Help for Anxiety and Depression

Deborah Johnson LPC
503-342-2510 x 

Clients have told me they appreciate my direct communication style and feel they can trust me as a result, my ability to communicate genuine care creating a sense of affinity and safety, and my ability to listen and give thoughtful reflection and feedback.



 Deborah Johanson LPC

  • Are you feeling trapped by difficult emotions like anxiety or depression?
  •  Is your relationship needing some coaching or support?

  •  Have  you ever wanted to try EMDR?

Here's the good news:

This moment is not the end of the story. There is always hope.

The only person you have control over and can change is yourself; the focus needs to be on you as an individual.

People around you may be uncomfortable with the changes you make, and may pressure you to “change back.” It doesn’t make anybody wrong. Expect it and be prepared to hold fast.

How our work can help you take a new path in life:

The mind only holds part of the information; the body also holds info. Both need to be tended to.   I can show you how to access this important path for healing.

Truth is paramount. Both telling yourself the truth and in relationship. It may hurt, but you can heal knowing the truth. And it’s a “clean” healing. Sometimes it can helpful to have a neutral and caring person to help you find that deeper truth that wills et  you free.  I love supporting clients in this way. 

Relationship challenges?

In relationship, the relationship is an entity unto it’s own, created by the people involved. When making decisions that impact others as well as oneself, ask yourself “What is in the best interest of the relationship?”

Each person is responsible for their own happiness, other people’s behaviors have an impact. Yet, bottom line, we each are responsible for how we take in info, the meaning we give it, and what we do with it.

Why wait to feel better?  Give me a call.
503-342-2510  or email me

Experience and Training

1997 to present  Private Practice

As a client centered therapist, I provide services to adults, couples, families, and adolescents using a variety of treatment modalities including EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, CBT, and others depending on the need. Concerns addressed include relationship challenges, divorce, parenting, abuse, trauma, anger, behavioral difficulties, grief, and transitional issues. As well, I treat clients with sexual concerns, anxiety, depression, and stress-related and adjustment disorders. I subcontract with Valley Mental Health to provide services to OHP clients in addition to my private clients.

I conduct psychosocial assessments, diagnose, maintain clinical records, and provide advocacy, as well as participating in clinical supervision, case reviews, and consultation.

I have worked with the Court system performing Child Custody Evaluations, Visitor Reports, and making recommendations; provided community-oriented after hours crisis intervention; and therapeutic supervised visitation for children in foster care. Additionally, I have provided sex abuse treatment and anger management groups for children; advised in Family Unity Meetings; and provided mediation services. I have also subcontracted with both State and County agencies to provide services to their clients.

In addition to private practice, I have increased my clinical knowledge by working in academia and in the community.


2014 to present  Adjunct Professor –
PSU School of Social Work, Portland
Serve as the liaison between MSW students and their internship placements. Conduct site visits, advise students, and problem solve as needed. Taught Field Placement & Seminar Class.

2008-2012  Social Worker – Salem Hospital Psychiatric Medicine Ctr & ICU, Salem, OR Conducted psychosocial assessments, provided supportive interventions to patients and families facing a number of issues, advocated with doctors on behalf of patients, coordinated with community agencies for follow-up, provided resource referrals, participated in and advised at Clinical Team Meetings, provided clinical supervision for multi-disciplinary groups.

2005-2007  Bevreavement Coordinator
Hospice at Tri-Cities Chaplaincy, WA Provided crisis and supportive intervention for individuals & families who had experienced the death of a loved one. Facilitated Grief Support Groups. Provided support to patients facing end of life. Counseled chaplain interns in the Clinical Pastoral Education Program. Provided support for Chaplaincy staff. Presented in the community on bereavement. Participated in inter-disciplinary staff meetings.

WOU, Monmouth, OR
Developed curriculum for and taught: Family Counseling; Theories and Techniques; Case Management, Ethics, & Contemporary Issues; Measurement & Assessment; and Practicum Supervision. Advised students, sat on Portfolio Committee.

illcrest YCF, Salem, OR
Conducted mental health assessments and provided crisis intervention with incarcerated youth. Participated in weekly Youth Safety Review Committee meetings. Provided suicide intervention; consultation, and recommendations to cottage staff; weekly individual therapy; and clinical consultations.

1998 - 1999 ADJUNCT FACULTY -
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR Developed curriculum for and and taught: Interpersonal Communication; and Stress Management

1997 - 1998 FAMILY THERAPIST – Poyama Land, Rickreall, OR
Provided family, couple, and individual therapy. Organized and facilitated parent/family support, education, and treatment groups. Provided case management. Wrote intake, comprehensive, quarterly, transition, and discharge treatment plans Participated in treatment team planning, Citizen Review Board meetings, and collaborated with community agencies.

Marion Co Health Department, Salem, OR Assessed, diagnosed, and provided mental health therapy for individuals. Taught mental health component of Workwise Class. Provided consultation to case managers. Participated in interagency and interdisciplinary teams.

: Licensed Clinical Social Worker #3064 – Oregon, July, 2001-current

Master of Social Work, Walla Walla University, College Place, WA 1997 Bachelor of Science – Family Studies, Corban University, Salem, OR 1995 Associate of Arts – Psychology, Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR 1993

National Association of Social Workers – 1996-present Oregon Chapter – NASW – 1996-present