Laura Johnson, MA, MBA, LMFT, LPCC

President, Executive Director and Founder
Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Sacramento Valley
Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Silicon Valley

Therapy Approach:

Laura Johnson, LMFT, LPCC

Laura Johnson, LMFT, LPCC

“I have a passion for my work as a cognitive behavior therapist and helping my clients make lasting changes in their lives. I started the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Silicon Valley and Sacramento Valley because there is a lack of highly-trained cognitive behavior therapists delivering evidence-based CBT and I wanted to be able to help more people with this effective and scientifically-based approach. My counseling approach integrates cognitive behavior therapy, schema therapy and other evidence-based therapies with positive psychology. My focus on positive, strength-based counseling and therapy comes from both my training in positive psychology as well as my personal values that therapy (and life) is most satisfying when we look at what’s right.”

What Clients Say About Laura:

“I felt comfortable that Laura knows what she is doing and can help me solve my problems.” – Male, age 50, health anxiety, panic and anger management

“How Laura always finds ways for me to improve/move on. I am always afraid that we’ve reached a point where we have covered everything/can’t do anymore but she always finds new ways to help me.” – Female,  age 37,  OCD and health anxiety

“I really appreciate when you share small details about yourself – like how you are taking a class online. It helps me feel like I am not just talking at someone.” – Female, age 27, anxiety

“I was able to find the roots of my issues, which in turn will help me work to eliminate them more effectively.” – Male, age 16, depression

“Organized, concrete, direct, focused.” – Female, age 25, chronic skin picking

“The schema work has been very enlightening and I feel strongly that this work is what will help me understand myself and make changes.” – Female, age 61, depression, anxiety, alcohol abuse and binge eating

“How great Laura listened to what I had to say and how she understood me. She gave me great advice and the effort she put into the session rubbed off on me.” – Male, age 20, social anxiety and self-esteem issues

Laura’s Background

Laura has been in the mental health field since 2004 and has provided individual and group therapy to adults, children, teenagers and families since 2006. Below are a few highlights of her qualifications and experience.



  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, California License No. LPCC-47
  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, California License No. LMFT-48807

Certifications and Credentials:

Clinical Experience:

  • President, Executive Director and Founder, Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center, Adult & Child Counseling, Inc., 2012-present with two regional centers: Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Silicon Valley and Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Sacramento Valley
  • Owner of private practice in San Jose focusing on anxiety, OCD and related problems, 2010-2012
  • Private practice internship focusing on anxiety and eating disorders, 2009-2010
  • Kaiser Permanente, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic in San Jose, 2008-2009
  • YWCA of Silicon Valley, Outpatient Clinic, 2007-2008
  • Willow Glen High School, On-site Counseling, 2007-2008
  • Suicide & Crisis Services of Santa Clara County, 2007-2010
  • Bill Wilson Center, Contact Cares, 2006-2007
  • Department of Drug & Alcohol Services of Santa Clara County, 2006-2007

Prior Experience:

  • Vice President, Director and Manager positions in Corporate Philanthropy and Employee Volunteerism at Microsoft, Intuit and Countrywide Financial, 2001-2006
  • Group Brand Manager, Brand Manager and Product Manager positions at Intuit, Royal Caribbean, Wells Fargo Bank, VISA and AT&T, 1990-2000

Clinical Activities:

  • Board Member, National Social Anxiety Center, 2015-present
  • Schema Therapy Individual Supervision with Liz Lacy, LCSW, 2015-present (working on schema therapy certification)
  • CBT Individual Consultation with Michael Tompkins, PhD, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy, Nov 2014-present (working on certification as a CBT Trainer/Supervisor)
  • Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD Individual Supervision with Elna Yadin, PhD, Jul-Oct 2014
  • Behavior Analysis/Behavior Therapy Individual Supervision with Ruth Anan, PhD, BCBA-D, Jun 2013-Nov 2014
  • CBT Individual Case Consultation with Christine Padesky, PhD, Jan 2012-May 2013
  • DBT Individual Supervision with Shari Manning, PhD, Aug-Dec 2011
  • Weekly Individual CBT Supervision with Shelley Milestone, PhD, Oct 2010-Oct 2011
  • Weekly TEAM Therapy Training Group at Stanford University led by David Burns, MD (best-selling author of Feeling Good), Jill Levitt, PhD, and Matthew May, PhD, Sept 2010-Nov 2011
  • Board Member, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation of the San Francisco Bay Area, 2009-2011

Advanced Training:

  • Advanced Intensive Schema Therapy Certification Program, Schema Therapy Institutes of New York and New Jersey, 2015-2016 (working on certification as a Schema Therapist and Supervisor)
  • University of California, Berkeley, Evidence-Based Therapy for Anxiety and Mood Disorders Certificate Program (in progress)
  • Radically-Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy training, a new approach to helping individuals with problems of over-control, Jan 2015
  • Schema Therapy Workshop, New Jersey Institute for Schema Therapy, Oct 2014
  • Intensive Training in Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, University of Pennsylvania, Jul 2014
  • SENG Annual Conference, Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted, Jul 2014
  • OCD Foundation’s Pediatric Behavior Therapy Training Institute at Rogers Memorial Hospital, Sep 2013-Apr 2014 (first-ever pediatric behavior therapy training institute)
  • Teaching and Supervising CBT, Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Jun 2013
  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America ADAA  annual conference, Apr 2013
  • OCD Foundation’s Behavior Therapy Training Institute, Jan-May 2012
  • International OCD Foundation annual conference, 2010, 2011 and 2012
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) Three-Day Workshop, Michael Perlis, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, workshop held in Baltimore, MD (2012).
  • Extramural Program, Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Philadelphia, 2010-2011 (year-long intensive training in CBT for anxiety disorders, depression and personality disorders)
  • Cognitive Therapy Week-Long Intensive Training with David Burns, MD, Aug 2010
  • Summit for Clinical Excellence, Advanced Treatments for Eating Disorders, 2009
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) 9-Month Intensive Training, Behavioral Tech, Seattle, Jun 2007-Feb 2008
  • Eating Disorders courses at JFK University, Campbell/Pleasant Hill
  • Evolution of Psychotherapy conference, 2005 and 2009
  • Career Counseling course, California State University, Northridge, 2004

Business Experience:

Laura has a unique background as a psychotherapist with a Columbia MBA and hands-on management experience in the corporate world. Prior to becoming a therapist, Laura had a successful career in the corporate world for over 16 years. She held managerial roles in marketing, brand and product management, and corporate philanthropy at Fortune 500 companies in the technology, financial services and travel industries in the Bay Area and on the East Coast, including Microsoft, Intuit, Wells Fargo Bank and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. This has given her an insider’s view into how a demanding work environment affects a high-achieving person’s emotional and physical health.

Special Areas of Interest:

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy for symptom reduction of Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders in adults, children and teens with special interest in OCD and Social Anxiety disorders
  • Schema Therapy to encourage personality change and address underlying personality issues to improve CBT treatment effectiveness and reduce vulnerability to relapse of anxiety and other symptoms
  • Behavior Therapy and Parent Coaching for Selective Mutism/Excessive Shyness in children
  • Gifted and talented children and adults with generalized anxiety, social anxiety, stress, perfectionism and over-achievement
  • High-achieving business professionals and executives with generalized anxiety, social/performance anxiety and stress

Additional Interest Areas:

  • Health anxiety, phobias, generalized anxiety, panic disorder, hair pulling, skin picking, eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder and depression

Treatment Approaches:

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Exposure & Response Prevention, Schema Therapy

Personal Interests:

Laura grew up in Miami, FL, has lived in San Francisco, New York City and Los Angeles and has resided in the Silicon Valley since 2000. In 2014, Laura and her husband bought a home in the gorgeous Sierra Foothills community of Meadow Vista and now split their time between the Silicon Valley and the Sierra Foothills. Laura enjoys yoga, skiing, camping, horseback riding, reading, walking her two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (Rusty and Moon), jogging, hanging out with her husband, traveling, socializing with friends and family, and learning even more about cognitive behavior therapy for anxiety and OCD (yes, she’s a bit “obsessed” with her work!). Learn more about Laura and her personal journey of becoming a therapist.

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