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Welcome to Well Acquainted … a weekly series dedicated to the amazing clinicians at Well Clinic

This week, we’re featuring a Q&A session with Maya Johansson, a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and CEO of Well Clinic.

 

Where did you grow up?

In a small rural town

 

What is your favorite part about your work?

Getting to borrow so much wisdom from my clients. It is such a privilege to have close and meaningful relationships with those I work with.

 

What is your favorite thing about San Francisco?

Living among so many different kinds of people. I love being able to meet and share a home city with folks who are so different and similar to me at the same time. It feels like a very welcoming place, if I don’t get caught up in the madness.

 

What is your favorite place you’ve ever been?

I have so many favorites, but for the sake of picking something I’ll say Big Sur.

 

Name five things that are on your bucket list?

  1. Taking voice lessons and attempting to sing
  2. Volunteering for a few months somewhere I can be useful
  3. Seeing the Northern Lights
  4. Living on a working farm
  5. Learning a non-western language

 

What causes are you most passionate about?

Promoting mental health for all, and protecting our planet/ fighting climate change.

 

What was your former career?

I’ve always been in the mental health field. I was a case manager/social worker for homeless and underserved youth before opening Well Clinic.

 

Do you have any talents that few people know about? If so, what are they?

I can raise each eyebrow by itself.

 

When are you at your most creative?

When I’m outside in some capacity — gardening, riding my bike, hiking …

 

Name one guilty pleasure, past or present.

Watching too much Netflix. Not very original.

 

Describe one of the first jobs you ever had.

Working at a fast food restaurant as a french fry salter.

 

What’s one fun thing that you wish you could do more of?

Get out of the city to hike and swim.

 

What made you want to become a mental health practitioner?

I was aware of how meaningful it is to be listened to in a deep way. I really enjoy people and relationships and it became clear to me that doing therapy was a way to effect positive change that matched with my ability to be with people through intense emotions and not get overwhelmed.


Learn more about Maya’s professional background as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) at Well Clinic.

 

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    Our couple’s therapy bridged gaps in our relationship and helped us understand each other that much more.

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    It’s a relaxing and safe space, nothing like the stuffy or drab offices you’d expect when going to a therapist.

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    In fact, it doesn’t really feel like a therapy clinic at all, which I find awesome.

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