Johnny Wells

Counseling Student Intern

Johnny (he, him, his) is a counseling intern working toward his master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health
Counseling at the University of Nebraska- Omaha (UNO). He believes in the importance of empowering
individuals and honoring their unique experiences through a trauma-informed, collaborative approach.
Previously at UNO’s Community Counseling Center he worked with adults dealing with challenges such
as anxiety, depression, grief, and life transitions. His integrated approach draws from various modalities,
including narrative, somatic, mindfulness, attachment theory, and psychodynamic therapy.
Other areas of interest include LGBTQIA+ issues, creativity, and nature. He also believes in the power of
practicing compassion, especially self-compassion, which is a vital yet often forgotten component of
wellbeing. In the future he looks forward to gaining additional training in trauma-focused approaches as
well as ecotherapy.

Johnny believes that regardless of modality, a supportive, empathetic, and authentic therapeutic
relationship fosters the conditions for healing and growth. He knows that healing does not occur in a
vacuum, but in relationships with each other, ourselves, and the larger world –that we are all
interconnected. Additionally, he believes that challenging systemic oppression is an important part of
creating collective wellbeing.

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