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  • About Denise Johnson, LCMHC, LCAS, NCC, CCMHC

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    About Me

    I consider myself lucky to have been given the opportunity to live in Africa, Brazil, and France. Having been exposed to such vastly different cultures, religions and languages, I found myself drawn to and fascinated by the study of human behavior and the role that culture plays in day to day interactions.  For the longest time, I never knew how to answer the question “Where are you from?” My answer would be “What do you mean? Do you mean where was I born? Where I’ve lived?”  I didn’t understand at that time that my answer could have been both, or more! I have since come to understand that I have the ability in me to create my own story and that there are no limitations to how that story can evolve and shift over time.  We all have the ability to change our story. Sometimes we just someone to ask the right questions and every now and then, the wrong questions! 

    My professional experience has been working with adults struggling with addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, stress management, anger, self-image, self-worth and attachment. 

    Currently, I spend most of my free time hiking around the Blue Ridge Mountains with my dog, spending time with friends and looking for my next adventure.

    Credentialing & Education

    • Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (State of North Carolina #13706 – LCMHC)
    • Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (State of North Carolina #24073 – LCAS)
    • Licensed Professional Counselor (State of South Carolina #8360 – LPC)
    • Board Certified, National Certified Counselor (NCC); Board Certified, Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC).


    • Undergraduate, B.A., Sociology & Anthropology, Boston University, 1997
    • Graduate, Master’s in Science, dual specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling & Marriage, Couple, Family Counseling and Therapy, Barry University, 2017

    My Mission

    My goal is to instill a sense of hope that change is possible and to support women seeking solutions to their challenges. It is never too late to make a decision to change your life and it is my honor and privilege to serve as a guide throughout your journey.

    I use an eclectic person-centered approach to therapy. We are all unique and one-size doesn’t always fit all. I work from a trauma-informed, strengths-based approach and I draw from Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Positive Psychology to support my clients. My belief is that no matter what you ay be struggling with, the foundation to all healing starts with self-compassion and mindfulness.  I use those concepts as the building blocks to our work together.

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