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    Created on Saturday, 14 July 2012 19:43
    Written by David Earl Johnson, MSW, LICSW

    I have over 30 years experience providing counseling to a wide variety of adults including many persons with long standing, complex, and difficult problems that haven't responded well to treatment. I have extensive experience with the broadest diversity in treating depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, recovery from child and/or domestic abuse, crime survivors, including sexual abuse and rape. There are several ways you can work with me.

    You can now learn to Live Emotionally Free, Mindfully Aware and Totally Centered! After 30 years of experience providing mental health services, I have discovered six key concepts to a healthy life. Let me show you how to live the kind of life many of us only dream about, a life of passion about what is important. Let me show you the way through Full Impact Living!℠

    I provide counseling at Nuview Psychological Services in Stillwater, MN where I have Friday and Saturday hours. I accept most insurances.

    Call me at (763) 250-1231, but don't leave a voice mail with confidential information. Or send me a brief email inquiry and we can negotiate what service might be helpful. You can ensure your email will remain private by using a free secure encrypted account at protonmail.com. Address your email to davemsw[at]protonmail[dot]com for secure email to me. Your confidentiality is ensured by encryption of both the content and Internet links.

    If you live in Minnesota outside of the Stillwater area and would like to engage in consultation through the convenience of video conferencing, . I provide video conference based counseling only in Minnesota by appointment. Online therapy is only available in Minnesota where I am licensed and it is way to get the counseling you need at your convenience. All you need is a simple web camera, a head set, a free download of video conferencing software at VSee.com and a basic broadband Internet connection, such as DSL or Cable.

    Outside Minnesota, I can provide consultation. Consulting is not treatment nor is it intended to treat mental illness. The standard treatment for mental illness is therapy. Therapy is offered by state jurisdiction in the United States, through licensing and certification. Please seek help in your own area for treatment for mental illness to be sure that your individual rights are protected.

    Consulting is about referral to resources that educate, questions about articles or videos I have posted, brief discussions about options you have, and other ways to obtain help. It can be offered via video conferencing, telephone or email. Please contact me at (763)600-7609 or via secure email, like protonmail.com, if you have an interest or have questions.

    Emotional Intelligence Training is available by contract in classroom or conference settings or via a web-based video conference. I will come to you in person or via the Internet. Please contact me at (763) 250-1231 or via secure email, like protonmail.com, if you have an interest or have questions.

    Management Consultation and Training is available via web conferencing or in person. Topics available include emotional intelligence, continuous quality improvement, strategic planning, employee centered development and inclusive management. Please contact me at (763) 250-1231 or via secure email, like protonmail.com, if you have an interest or have questions.

    Looking for Help?

    Created on Saturday, 14 July 2012 19:48
    Written by David Earl Johnson, MSW, LICSW

  • Are feelings more your enemy than friend?
  • Do you have trouble motivating yourself to meet your goals?
  • Do you find your feelings controlling you?
  • Do you find it hard to sit with yourself and listen to your own thoughts and feelings?
  • Does the drive to escape your thoughts and feelings lead you to excesses, risky behavior, or self-destructive habits?
  • Do you find yourself repeating mistakes over and over again?

    If you say yes to any of the above, then perhaps I can help you. I've been educating, coaching and counseling people about emotional intelligence for over 30 years.

    If you live in Minnesota perhaps I can see you in one to one counseling.

  • Are you depressed, stuck, unable to make decisions or concentrate?
  • Do you feel so anxious and worried that you are unable to get things done?
  • Having trouble in your relationships including internet dating?
  • Wanting to learn social skills or catch up on personal growth?
  • Does your past haunt you, interrupt your days, your focus, your ability to build a future?
  • Looking for help with sexual issues including orientation and identity, alternative life-styles, and sexual expression? Dave is LGBTQ-affirmative, poly-aware and kink-aware.

    I have over 30 years experience providing counseling to a wide variety of adults including many persons with long standing, complex, and difficult problems that haven't responded well to treatment. I have extensive experience with the broadest diversity in treating depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, recovery from child and/or domestic abuse, crime survivors, including sexual abuse and rape.

    There are several ways you can work with me.

  • I provide consultation services for individuals via email and phone calls.
  • I provide therapy at Nuview Psychological Services in Stillwater, MN where I have Friday and Saturday hours.
  • If you live elsewhere in Minnesota, perhaps I can work with you through the convenience of video conferencing.

    Call me at (763) 250-1231 and we can talk about options. Or send me a brief email inquiry and we can discuss what method might be more helpful. You can ensure your email will remain private by using a free secure encrypted account at protonmail.com. Address your email to davemsw[at]protonmail[dot]com or click here. Your confidentiality is ensured by encryption of both the content and Internet links.

    I provide therapy via video conference based counseling by appointment for Minnesota residents outside of the Stillwater area. Online therapy can be an effective way to get the counseling you need at your convenience. All you need is a simple web camera, a head set, downloading a simple teleconference program called VSee.com and a basic broadband Internet connection, such as DSL or Cable. VSee.com provides a secure encrypted video conferencing because the link goes directly from your computer to mine.

    I provide consultation services both in and outside of Minnesota, Emotional Intelligence Training, and management consultation. Please contact me at (763)600-7609 or via secure email, like protonmail.com, if you have an interest or have questions.

    Video Therapy

    Category: Counseling Online with Dave
    Created on Saturday, 14 July 2012 19:36
    Written by David Earl Johnson, MSW, LICSW

    Online video conferencing offers much the same environment of face to face counseling without the expense and inconvenience of travel. Video eTherapy is available only to residents of Minnesota since that is where I am licensed. On-line therapy is often not reimbursed by insurance companies. Please check with your insurance or you may private pay.

    I provide video conference based counseling by appointment. All you need is a simple web camera, a head set and a download of VSee.com, a simple free program that provides secure and encrypted video conferencing. A head set provides better sound quality while filtering most background noises. Good lighting is a must to allow all the subtlies of facial expressions and body language to show. Although the idea of being on camera may produce anxiety, remember that communication is 80% non-verbal. Our emotions are communicated most readily in our body language.

    Send me a brief email inquiry and I'll let you know if on-line counseling might be helpful. You can ensure your email will remain private by using a free secure encrypted account at protonmail.com. Address your email to davemsw[at]protonmail[dot]com. Your confidentiality is ensured by encryption of both the content and Internet links.

    Is Video Therapy Effective?

    Category: Counseling Online with Dave
    Created on Saturday, 19 December 2009 19:21
    Written by David Earl Johnson, MSW, LICSW

    Online therapy has many advantages, such as convenience and no need for travel. However, not every mental health problem is appropriately treated online. Persons who present a significant risk of suicide or risk to injure others need face-to-face mental health services. If you have a serious problem that includes a risk of suicide or harm to others, visit your local hospital emergency department. Or you can call one of many sucide hotlines.

    Providing therapy on-line is a a new and still developing form of therapy. Every month there are new articles measuring the effectiveness of online methods of providing therapy and education. Of those that I have seen, outcomes are equivalent to face to face methods. More study is needed. Most of the studies look at using educational methods supported by text based exchanges between clients and therapists usually via email. Only a few studies have looked at using video conferencing but the results have been the same. Although there is reason to believe this form of therapy may serve your mental health needs, the extent of such benefits are still largely, from a research perspective, unknown. There may be more substantial risks to confidentiality by using the internet. Problems can occur with your or my computer, VSee software, and the network beyond my control. Traditional treatments for your presenting problem may include face-to-face therapy at a local clinic. Sometimes group or family therapy is an appropriate alternative. If you prefer to receive a more traditional therapy, please check with your insurance provider for face to face alternatives. Or if we begin Video therapy and it appears face-to-face may be a better alternative, I will provide a referral. The reader is assured that I am keeping on top of the literature and will continue to add references and abstracts below as I find them.

    Emotional Intelligence Training

    Created on Sunday, 22 November 2009 16:33
    Written by David Earl Johnson, MSW, LICSW

    Emotional Intelligence Training is available by contract in classroom or conference settings or via a web-based video conference. I will come to you in person or via the Internet. Please contact me at (763) 250-1231 or via secure email, like protonmail.com, if you have an interest or have questions.

    Our emotional system provides a parallel experience of memory, assessment, and intelligence that compliments and balances our rational mind. Without our emotional system, our ability to make choices, judgment, and response to emergencies would be severely impaired. Yet our culture provides no formal training to help us integrate our emotional knowledge with our extensive education. This basic training should be required for our children and it forms the basis for much of our issues with mental health, violence, divorce, child abuse and our resistance to change.

    Emotion gets a bad rap in our culture. Emotion is often equated with weakness. Women are stereotyped as the emotional gender, the weaker gender. Male stereotypes compliment. Men are thought of as stronger because they don’t show their feelings. Young men spend very little time learning to talk about emotions. Young men learn to admire rational thought and strive for objectivity, all the while suppressing any emotional awareness or expression. Young women on the other hand, spend a lot of time talking to their mothers and peers to help them cope with what many see as their gender’s weakness.

    Most people I’ve met buy into the admiration of rational thought. People generally see thought and reason as the most important method of decision-making. Many people see emotion as an obstacle to rationality and would like sometimes to be able to put emotion away, out of reach so as to avoid contaminating their thinking with emotion. Many, perhaps even most, believe they can do this, that they can be objective.

    Research on decision making, however, makes it clear that we are unable to separate the influence of rational thought from the emotional. We are unable to be totally objective. In fact, without emotion to counsel us in the final moments, we may be unable to make a decision and take action.

    Human emotion and thought have worked together throughout human existance, building a cohesive and seamless skill set to navigate the social environment within which we live. Our large brain is uniquely capable of responding creatively with an extended period of socialization – our adolescence – to learn how to survive, even thrive, in a complex social environment.

    Honed by generations of learning, the human emotional system provides us with an has an amazing ability to heal ourself. Guided by emotions, a generally healthy person will know intuitively what he or she has to do to promote healing. But any unresolved issues, buried feelings, and hidden conflict can systematically distort the intuitive knowledge of the healthy path.

    The grief process is a good example. The initial shock of the loss buys us enough time to prepare for the emotional storm to come. The staggering impact of the emotion that follows muddles our thought processes, makes us indecisive and unable to do much more than the healing process of grief work. Our thoughts driven by excruciating sadness, sending us tumbling through a repetitive recounting of the events that preceded the loss in search of an answer to “why?” The guilt pushes us to examine our own responsibility. The angry reaction to the indignity of arbitrary consequences to our loss, compels us to burn into our memories past wrongs and ways to right them. The anxiety of restlessness breaks up our inaction to spurs us to take care of needed tasks. Eventually, what emerges from the prolonged ordeal of grief is an enhanced set of values, fresh awareness of what is more important, and an understanding of what must be done to compensate for our loss. Life goes on with a sobering new wisdom of what is to come.

    Emotion is always a part of our normal response to any important situation. Emotion gives us an early warning of potential danger and prepares us to act instantly. Emotion adds the option of an immediate instinctive response should one be needed.

    Emotion combined with thought allows a quickly formulated reasoned response in a situation where all the information is not available. This corresponds to most situations. Even when there is time to plan, emotion offers an alternative assessment to a reasoned response to a new or unclear situation serving as a check on our judgment.

    Perhaps most importantly, emotion provides the energy of motivation, pushing us to act when it’s hard to do so. Misery, therefore, is a very creative force for behavior and attitude change.

    Perhaps because of the work I do, I have met a surprisingly limited number of people who are able to utilize their humanity organically. I’m convinced that is because our culture spends few resources teaching us how to fluidly integrate thought and emotion. I’ve spent a gradually increasing amount of time over my career teaching this skill. Full Impact Living℠ represents a natural next step, to pass on what I’ve learned to others.

    You can now learn to Live Emotionally Free, Mindfully Aware and Totally Centered! After 30 years of experience providing mental health services, I have discovered six key concepts to a healthy life. Let me show you how to live the kind of life many of us only dream about, a life of passion about what is important. Let me show you the way through Full Impact Living!℠

    Management Consultation

    Created on Sunday, 22 November 2009 16:32
    Written by David Earl Johnson, MSW, LICSW

    Management Consultation and Training is available via web conferencing or in person. Topics available include emotional intelligence, continuous quality improvement, strategic planning, employee centered development and inclusive management. I am also a qualified severe weather identification trainer.