Johannah (Debra) Harkness
Years in Practice: 14+ Years
School: Antioch New England University
Year Graduated: 2005
Degree: MA, Clinical Counseling Psychology
Credentials: LCPC
​(Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor)
License: #CC3903 Maine

My Approach

Everyone needs someone to talk to! Even the most well-adjusted person can use some help once in a while when facing life’s challenges. It sometimes requires extra support to let accumulated negative bias fall away, especially when there have been real experiences of trauma. And, yet, a negative bias is not helpful.

By using supportive therapies, honest and kind reflection, and by encouraging and motivating healthy habits of mind and body, I help clients make real changes toward managing symptoms, developing a healthier and more mindful perspective that can lead to self-actualization and fulfillment of potential.

Therapy is an interactive, as opposed to a passive experience. Clients should come willing and ready to enter a collaborative relationship that will lead to taking steps toward growth and positive changes.

In my practice I draw from many disciplines but tend toward person-centered supportive talk therapy. I also use mindfulness-based strategies such as yoga, meditation, mindful breathing, creative journaling, and expressive therapies for dealing with trauma, depression, and anxiety, depending on your comfort level.

Therapies that I utilize

​Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a therapeutic approach that systematically analyzes and corrects the way we think, which directly effects our mood and the way we behave. Therapists work with the patient to assess their thought processes, distortions and thinking errors, automatic negative thoughts and irrational perceptions that interfere with daily functioning and our lives. Therapists assist the patient to correct their negative thought processes to perceive the world more accurately, feel better and cope with their daily lives and relationships more effectively.

Psychodynamic Therapy
This therapeutic approach explores the underlying mechanisms, causal factors, and patterns that exist during the patient’s interactions with others, often replaying the themes of childhood and family relationships. Patterns that may be destructive and repetitive are reexamined and resolved during the process of therapy in a supportive and interpretive environment. A Psychodynamic approach enriches the patient’s life and allows the patient to progress in a healthy manner to achieve a more highly developed and satisfying pattern of relationship interaction with their family and married partner, as well as with friends and colleagues at school or work.

Family Systems Counseling
This counseling approach examines the structure and interactions of the entire family system as the family works together to listen and understand each other’s unique needs and feelings in a supportive and mediated way. Family therapy allows the patient to understand the family of origin’s historical patterns that reflect a multigenerational style of interaction. Family systems counseling allows the family to develop new productive methods of communication and behavior to live in a greater harmony.

Integrated (Eclectic) Therapy
An integrated therapeutic approach involves the use of methods and techniques from a variety of disciplines to provide a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan to meet the needs of individuals. Integrated cognitive and dynamic approaches are employed as needed to provide a comprehensive more holistic approach.

Therapists assist the client with increasing their awareness of the interaction of the mind and thoughts on the body. The counselor helps the client refocus the importance of having the mind and body in synchrony to produce a calm and balanced integration promoting balance and wellness.

Individual psychotherapy for adults
Adults may seek individual psychotherapy when experiencing the following issues:
Anxiety, depression, relationship stress, separation, divorce, mood swings, bipolar disorder, panic, phobias, social anxiety, life transitions, job stress, loss of loved-one, stress due to medical illness or injury, sleep problems, substance abuse, eating disorders,(anorexia and bulimia), weight management, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), trauma, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Family therapy
Family therapy utilizes a group format in which all members of the family meet in a neutral supportive environment mediated by a skilled family therapist. Treatment goals often focus on enhancing communication and understanding between family members to evoke a positive change within the family. Families often seek treatment for the following issues: parent and child conflicts, ineffective parenting strategies, blended families, sudden changes and adjustments to family structure, problems dealing with teenagers, in-law disputes, reintegration of grandparents or college students returning to live at home, substance abuse, family roles and responsibilities, dealing with impact of medical illness, injury, impact of unemployment, and loss of a parent.

Course of Treatment
A proposed course of treatment will include the process of intake, assessment, goal-setting and creation of a treatment plan.

Fee schedule is usually between $80/hr and $130/hr based on sliding scale fee. Many types of private insurances are accepted and claims can be made on behalf of the client. Co-pay is expected at the time of the session.