Professional counseling services in Hall

Asking for help can seem impossible, but once you've gotten over that initial hurdle, you can start down the healing path with the caring and sensitive services of Colleen Johnston, LCSWR. Proven therapy treatments and confidential counseling will help set you free, so you can get back to enjoying the good things in life.

Counseling services

Colleen Johnston, LCSWR specializes in emotion regulation skills (DBT) which helps those struggling with depression, dissociative disorders, anxiety, PTSD, life changes, parenting, and grief. She is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), which is a top approach for promoting healing from traumatic experiences. 

Colleen has been trained in cutting edge EMDR protocols including treatment for addiction and physical pain.  She has helped people move on from destructive relationships by using EMDR to target IDEALIZED memories from their past. 

 No matter what you're struggling with, she is ready and willing to help you through the tough times by providing you with the healing tools you need to have a sense of balance and freedom.

Recent Event Traumas 

If you or a loved one have experienced a traumatic event such as a car accident, sudden injury or death and is experiencing nightmares, acute anxiety or inability to focus, it is important to seek help. Colleen is trained in "Recent Event Trauma Protocol" which can, in one to two sessions, greatly reduce these symptoms of trauma. This is most effective if done within three months of the traumatic incident.

“Trust is huge. I was lost after the motor vehicle accident. I trusted that my employer had made a good referral by sending me to you. This setting is very relaxing, and you are knowledgeable. I had a very peaceful, relaxed feeling here.” Tim went on to discuss EMDR more, “With medication, you’re not working through the problem; it seems more like a temporary solution…a Band-Aid. But with EMDR you work through the disturbing image and it helps you accept what you’ve been through and gives you peace of mind. EMDR helped me to accept what happened and to move forward past it.”
        - "Tim"
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About Me

Cal Johnston is a native of the Finger Lakes area. She graduated from Canandaigua Academy. She then attended SUNY at Morrisville and earned an AAS in Saddlehorse Management and Production. She went to work at a local manufacturing company and began attending St. John Fisher College simultaneously. Several years later, she earned her BS in Management and Psychology. Through a series of life experiences, Cal was led to continue her education at Syracuse University where she obtained a Master’s in Social Work.
Cal has over 20 years experience working in the human services field. She has specialty with Dual Diagnosis; treating both addictions and mental health issues. Cal is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing); a research proven therapy for healing from trauma. She has 16 years experience in DBT (Dialectic Behavioral Therapy); a skill based therapy assisting in emotion regulation. Despite her extensive clinical expertise, she brings a down to earth approach to the individuals she serves. Cal has worked with horses, spent time working in a factory for 9 years, and is devoted to her family. These “real life” experiences give her the ability to relate to her clients in a genuine, effective way.
"Finding Colleen was an answer to a prayer. My 18 year old daughter had depression and PTSD, I simply did not know how to help her. She started seeing Cal on a regular basis. I have watched my daughter transform into a confident beautiful woman. Seeing her smile and hearing her laughter again is the greatest gift a mother can have. The light is back in her eyes, what more can I say!!!" - A Mom
"I was at the end when I called for help. I had attempted to kill myself before and knew I would complete the task. Each day I would look at the trees, telephone poles while driving and the medication in the cupboard and other ways to end my life. My anger was out of control, the depression was so heavy. My family & friends no longer wanted to be around me. I could understand, I didn’t want to be around myself.  
          It was the phone call that changed my life. You taught me the coping skills that I so desperately needed to deal with all the problems I had buried so deep inside of me. After so many years of self destruction! I am proud of what I have been through, I carry my head high. There is no longer a victim but a survivor. I am happy for the first time in my life and look so forward to what tomorrow will bring." - D.
Call (585) 748-8699 to schedule a consultation!
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