Cathy Johnston MA, LMFT Therapy and Counseling in Minneapolis

M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, St. Mary's University of Minnesota

M.A. in Teaching, Mount Holyoke College

B.A. in English, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

License, Certifications

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 

AASECT Certified Sex Therapist

Certified Prepare/Enrich Counselor

Professional Memberships

AAMFT American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists


MAMFT Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapists


AASECT American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists 



What We'll Do

You'll learn to have healthy relationships with yourself and other people. I'll support you as you master identifying and explaining what you want, why you're struggling now, and figure out how to get from here to where you want to be. I'll make sure the process of therapy is tempered with occasional humor and joy. 



I work with a variety of concerns. You may want to learn to improve communication and manage conflict so you and your partner feel listened to and understood. Maybe your goal is to increase the emotional and sexual intimacy in your relationship so you feel a balance between loving the warmth of closeness and enjoying independence as well.



Imagine what it will be like to handle depression, anger and anxiety as useful information about your needs rather than stumbling blocks that hold you back.  You may feel it's time to create understanding around what drives your addictive or compulsive behavior and how to reign in self-sabotaging actions.

Why It's Important

Life and relationships are complex. It can be both daunting and liberating to seek professional advice for problems you can't solve on your own. I'm grateful for the experts who've gently showed me how to work through challenges and look forward to helping you do just that. It takes intentional effort to care for yourself and respond to a partner whose needs are different than your own - and it's worth the work! 


I know you want to make things better for yourself and I support your goals. Whether anxiety or anger get the best of you, communication creates hurt, or you're using drugs, alcohol or sex to feel better there's a range of options for moving forward. I value your courage and believe in your capacity to find peace and fulfillment.

When I'm Not at Work

I love gardening, cycling, cooking, being outdoors and hiking. I enjoy time with family and friends.


I grew up on the east coast, lived in Portland and Seattle for a few years and have been in Minnesota for over twenty years.