Dr. Carrie Johansson – Age 51

Psychologist, Speaker, Author

Dr. Carrie Johansson | The Real 50 over 50
Dr. Carrie Johansson | The Real 50 over 50

About me

Dr. Carrie is a psychologist turned speaker and author. She works with teams, associations, corporate audiences, and dedicated individuals, helping them to learn how to skillfully navigate life’s inevitable ups and downs. After 21 years in private practice, Dr. Carrie brings the latest developments in psychology with easy-to-implement strategies to empower change, improve productivity and decrease conflict.

On a personal note, Dr. Carrie works her own program to create a life she really enjoys. If she’s not outdoors hiking (goal is 275 miles this year!), you can probably find her baking a new recipe for yummy muffins.

What do you do and why do you do it?

My mission: Led by joy!

My business vision: Helping others live their very best life by applying principles of psychology.

I’m a curious person who really enjoys learning about what makes people tick. After 2 decades in private practice, I am driven to reach more people at a time and to spread the message that we can feel more empowered to create lives that we enjoy, instead of feeling like a victim of circumstance.

What changed for you after age 50?

Oh my gosh…so much! I have made major changes in my personal and professional life in the past 2 years, based on the concept that I no longer have to do everything by myself. I went from being single, running a solo practice, and being a single Mom, to being married, running programs in collaboration in my business, and launching my daughter.

What would you tell the 20 or 30-year-old YOU?

Relax, you’re beautiful and smart and are going to do great.

What do you think you’ll tell yourself in retrospect at the end of your life?

My guess is that I will tell myself something very like what I frequently say already: be kind to yourself, it’s ok to not be perfect, remember to balance work and play and don’t be afraid to play to your strengths.

What impact do you think increased visibility can have on your business?

It’s vital to shifting from my private, one on one therapy practice to a public-facing, reach lots of people at a time new business model. I need those lots of people!

Who or what inspires you and why?

I was going through my bookshelf this week and came across one of the most inspirational books I’ve ever read: The Book of Joy with the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, written by Douglas Abrams. The Dalai Lama regularly inspires me with his joy-forward approach even to massive tragedies and hardship. His friendship with Desmond Tutu outlined in the book highlights the power of kindness even in a difficult world in a way that is truly inspirational.

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