Anni Johnston, MS, LMHC, CEDS, Dance Movement Therapist (DM/T)
Anni’s approach to therapy helps her client’s find strength, resolve and higher wisdom. Sessions are focused on solutions, acceptance, and taking the risk to be open to patterns that are no longer working. As a therapist, her approach is both non-judgmental yet probing, so that client’s are able to see their struggles more clearly, without loosing humor and lightness. Using skills as far ranging as body-awareness, mindfulness, hypnosis, behavioral therapy, recovery principles, grief work, mental restructuring and crisis management, Anni is comfortable working with a broad range of issues for adults, teens, couples and families.
After receiving her Masters in Psychology at the California State University at Hayward, Anni began her experience in the field of psychology working in research at the University of California, San Francisco and the California Department of Health in Family Therapy and Health Psychology respectively. She then returned to work on a second masters’ degree in Dance Movement Therapy to become a Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist. After working 9 years as a Group and Creative Arts Therapist in Adolescent Psychiatry and with chronically mentally ill adults, she left inpatient psychiatry to co-found The Body Positive, a nationally recognized eating disorder prevention non-profit where she developed outreach programs, led pre-teen and teen support groups, lectured, and produced award-winning educational videos. In 2003 she moved to South Florida, began working in the field of Substance Abuse at a well-established facility in a variety of positions (group therapist, primary therapist, clinical assessor, intake specialist) as well as developing their Wellness Program. In addition to her substance abuse work, Anni has also has taught Authentic Movement and led Dance Therapy workshops throughout South Florida, worked in Hospice as an Adult Bereavement Counselor and Teen Camp Counselor, and as an adult and teen psychotherapist at the Delray Center for Healing. Anni has advanced training in Authentic Movement from the Authentic Movement Institute, Chacian Dance/Movement Therapy, Rapid Trauma Resolution and Clinical Hypnosis through the Institute for Rapid Trauma Resolution Therapy, and most recently finished a foundational training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy from Behavioral Technology. Anni has a broad base of professional experience including treating grief, addiction, eating disorders, depression and is honored to be a part of such a skilled and professional team at the Therapeutic Oasis of the Palm Beaches.