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Wild Heart Therapy: A step towards rewilding in your healing journey. 

Are you struggling with difficult life transitions, healing from trauma, grief, anxiety, mood instability, or other major life changes? 

There comes a time when help is needed from a mental health professional to cope with many of life’s challenges. I’m a licensed clinical social worker in the the Monterey County area and I’m here to support you on your journey toward healing and self-discovery.

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My focus is working with individuals who are striving towards a healthier and happier version of themselves. I am passionate about holistic nature and movement based healing, which includes mind, body, and spirit. I utilize nature and movement based healing practices by taking therapy outside into nature. Nature and movement based therapy allows access to powerful natural resources to help you address your goals, increase emotional and physical well-being, and promote healing and resilience. In this practice, I offer a hybrid of tele-health and nature-based sessions where we meet outside in the Monterey County area walking along the beach, trails, and lakes. I also offer limited in-office sessions upon request. 

My style is supportive, warm, playful and experiential. We can address attachment difficulties, emotional and behavioral regulation, stress, anxiety, depression, grief and trauma. I work with children, families, teens and adults interested in working in a nature-based setting. With individuals I combine mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), somatic therapy, movement-based therapy modalities, mindfulness, and internal family systems, as well as parts work to address your needs. For children and families, I utilize play therapy, theraplay, attachment based, and family centered approaches to help heal and expand relationships and increase coping skills.

 My goal is to work along side you to build confidence, identify unhealthy patterns, learn to cope with difficult life transitions, and to incorporate healthy lifestyle changes into your daily life. In the nature and movement based setting, I work primarily with adults and teens who are experiencing anxiety, depression, shame, low self-esteem, and relationship issues. In my office-based setting, I work with families and children. 

I am also a certified Adult Distance Running Coach through RRCA and provide tailored running plans that are mental health specific. Focuses may include increasing distress tolerance, decreasing stress and anxiety, goal setting, self esteem building, and leaning into uncomfortable spaces while finding joy in life and movement. 

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“For there is always light, if only we're brave enough to see it. If only we're brave enough to be it.”

Amanda Gorman

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Serving Children, Youth, and Adults

I’m April Johnson, LCSW, a licensed Therapist based in California - here to walk along side you in your healing journey. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 10 years of experience working with children, family, and youth in a variety of settings including Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Nature-based settings, group homes, special education, foster care, adoption, outpatient mental health, and other community-based settings. Get in touch with me today for more information.

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April Johnson is a licensed clinical social worker with expertise in working with children, family, and youth. Specialized training in trauma informed care, life transitions, anxiety, depression, Neurodivergency, and nature and movement therapy modalities. 


April Johnson also is a fully certified Adult Distance Runner Coach through Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). April is active in the running community and is an ultramarathoner herself. April is passionate about utilizing movement and nature based modalities within the mental health arena and as part of individual/families healing journey. 

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