My therapeutic approach is geared to address your specific needs based on your strengths, goals, and current concerns, including cultural, family, mental health history, and relevant diagnostic issues. I utilize an empowerment and strength-based approach to help you access your best inner self through: identifying and accomplishing your life goals; achieving a calmer state of mind; improving problem solving and creative potential, no matter how difficult your circumstances. I have extensive training in multiple therapeutic methods including cognitive-behavioral, health realization, psychodynamic, family system, and Jungian approaches. For further information, I prefer to be contacted by phone.
PLEASE NOTE: As of October 2014, I have closed my Santa Cruz/Santa Clara practices. I am currently on an extended sabbatical, limiting my work primarily to teaching and consulting. Please feel fee to contact me, yet be aware that I will be traveling rather extensively and away for small blocks of time.
Take the first step to help. Call or Email Bret K. Johnson now - (831) 613-1075


  • Years in Practice: 20+ Years
  • School: California School of Professional Psychology
  • Year Graduated: 1987
  • License No. and State: PSY 10630 California


  • Avg Cost (per session): $140 - $220
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
  • Accepted Payment Methods: Mastercard, Visa
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.


  • Coping Skills
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship Issues


  • Addiction
  • Anger Management
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Life Coaching
  • Life Transitions
  • Parenting
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Spirituality
  • Substance Abuse

Mental Health

  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Thinking Disorders


  • Bisexual Issues
  • Gay Issues
  • Lesbian Issues

Client Focus


  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)


  • Bisexual Clients
  • Gay Clients
  • HIV / AIDS Clients
  • Heterosexual Clients
  • Lesbian Clients

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2015
Bret K. Johnson, PhD, Psychologist in Santa Cruz

Bret K. Johnson

Psychologist, PhD