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Jessi Johnson, LPC, NCC

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Jessi received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Missouri State University. She went on to earn her master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Jessi recently moved back to Missouri from Nashville, TN where she worked as a school-based therapist helping adolescents, families, and teachers with ADHD and behavior management, trauma, crisis intervention, and other emotional disturbances.  Jessi enjoys working with adults, older teens, and couples.

She has experience working with adolescents and their families, couples, adults, and those struggling with addictions. While Jessi often works from a cognitive-behavioral and strength-based model, she believes that the methods used need to be based on each individual or couple’s needs. Jessi joined The Center for Counseling and Training in 2014.

Jessi is married to her high school sweetheart, Derrick, and they have a one year old son, Cruz.

Get off the Fence!

We often hear,

“Get off the fence and make a decision”

… as though being on the fence is a bad thing.

I’d like to encourage you to stop straddling the fence and take time to stay on the fence.  It is so easy to straddle the fence, with one foot in the past and one foot in the future.  The past frequently becomes something we use to judge our choices and decisions in a negative way.  The future can be filled with worry and fear.  As we judge how we’ve lived our life in the past and worry about how we’re going to live life in the future, we neglect to truly live today.

Take a moment on the fence.

Take time to get on the fence and be mindful of the present moment.  The present moment is what counselors refer to as the here-and-now.

Notice your surroundings, acknowledge you circumstances, be grateful for your relationships, and accept your life as it is.  Real living takes place in the present moment, so be mindful, get on the fence and choose to really live today.