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stephanie johnson

M.S., MFTC

Stephanie Johnson Counselor Headshot

Specialties

  • anxiety/depression
  • premarital counseling (SYMBIS certified)
  • relationship issues
  • couples counseling
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • Spiritual formation
  • young adult counseling (navigating life transitions, stress, relationship issues)
  • mindfulness
  • women’s issues
  • self-esteem issues
  • identity formation
  • church hurt

Client focus

Age

  • adults (18+)
  • seniors (65+)

counseling type

  • individuals 
  • premarital 
  • couples

Locations

Centennial

 

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they are never weakness.” – Brene Brown

PHILOSOPHY AND THERAPEUTIC APPROACH

I believe God created us all for deep and enduring connection with important people in our lives (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).. When those relationships have conflict we can be left feeling lost and alone, shutting down or blaming ourselves or our partner (even when we don’t want to). 

If this resonates with you, know you aren’t alone. Together we can identify these stuck patterns  to get to the root and work to change those patterns and strengthen your connection to  yourself and others. I want to be a source of peace, encouragement, and healing for you–I always want to hold space by staying present with you, walking alongside you in your journey, without judgement.  

I think oftentimes in our world we get the message that vulnerability and asking for help is weakness, when it’s actually strength. It feels so scary to admit we need some extra support by going to therapy, but the fact that you are able to reach out for help when needed is a huge strength! I believe God created us for connection, so I also believe we thrive when we are able to share our burdens and lift one another up.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THERAPY

One of my favorite verses is Psalm 34:18: ‘The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.’ I think this is a beautiful picture of how the Lord interacts with us, and what I desire as your therapist–I want to be with you, to sit with you in the pain so you know you aren’t alone, to come beside you, and help guide you through tough times and towards healing and freedom. 

I’m very systemic in my approach to therapy, which is just a fancy word that means I want to view my clients holistically. I like to understand all the different parts that make up who you are. That means I’m interested in your mental wellbeing, as well as physical, spiritual, and relational wellbeing. I see all these different aspects of who we are as interconnected, and all can relate to what you’re seeking out therapy for. I’m also collaborative, which means that I want therapy to feel like it’s your space to bring all these parts of you so you can process, feel, and express what you need. 

One of my goals in therapy is to hold space for you, a space that allows you to feel more like yourself and are able to be authentic in your own life and to feel seen and understood by the people you love. 

At the beginning of therapy, I try to get a sense for what you’re looking for, and ways we can start creating goals. Afterwards, we work toward these goals! For couples, this might look like helping each of you see how you’re caught in a dance of disconnection, so we can move towards one of connection and bonding. For individuals, it might look like helping you see the patterns that keep you stuck in anxiety or depression, and taking steps towards healing. Throughout therapy we will collaborate with each other and check in to make sure that we’re still on the same page with your treatment goals. 

PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

I went into therapy to hold space for all people, to advocate for others, to support people wherever they are in their lives, and walk alongside people in their pain in order to move towards healing. 

I’ve been a therapist for about 6 years now, and have a wealth of experience with couples and individuals who want to improve their relationships and strengthen those bonds with each other or other important people in their lives. I graduated from Concordia University Nebraska with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology and a minor in Theology. I received my M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from East Carolina University. I have also received in-depth training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) 

Recently, I’ve worked with couples and individuals at an Emotionally Focused Therapy group practice, but I’ve also worked in a medical setting. This experience solidified my holistic approach, and I enjoy collaborating  with other professionals (such as medical) if you desire. 

PERSONAL LIFE AND INTERESTS

I love being outdoors! I used to live close to the ocean on the coast of North Carolina, but quickly realized that the mountains felt more like home to me. So in my free time you’ll most likely find me hiking while listening to a great podcast. My husband and I also enjoy finding cozy, local coffee shops and spending our days there! But if it’s a calm Saturday afternoon I’ll probably be baking cookies and watching a new documentary.

“Emotional dependency is not immature or pathological; it is our greatest strength.” -Sue Johnson

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