Greetings, I am Dr. Steve Johnson, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Approved Clinical Supervisor, and an AAMFT supervisor candidate. I have over 25 years of counseling and training experience in both private practice and institutional settings. The accumulation of life experiences has laid a rich foundation for my approach to counseling. For instance, it was during my 11 years as a youth pastor that I gained an appreciation for the importance of fun/humor, or a playful spirit being a key ingredient to both spiritual growth and healthy family functioning. Additionally, the values of service and commitment were re-enforced during my military experience as one of the last of the draftees during the Vietnam era. While there is certainly more to the therapy process than fun, service, and commitment these are elements that I enjoy bringing to the therapy session.
Being informed by a Christian faith-based perspective, I delight in the uniqueness of each client’s worldview and will respect your perspective and values. Taking a collaborative approach with the client, I incorporate counseling interventions informed by Family Systems, Cognitive-Behavioral, Emotionally Focused Therapy, ACT, and Solution Focused therapies. My areas of interest include couples counseling, medical family therapy, as well as individual issues to include grief recovery, depression, anxiety and trauma recovery. I have completed clinical trainings including Gottman (Level 2) Couples Therapy, A Gottman approach to treating Affairs and Trauma, Parenting with Love and Logic, SYMBIS, Prepare/Enrich, The Grief Recovery Method, and EMDR. I am currently licensed as an LPC and LMFT in Virginia and reactivating my credentials for LMFT in Texas.
I currently serve as the Director of Clinical Training and Professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies at Liberty University. My wife and I have lived in Lynchburg, VA since 2014. We lived in South Texas where I served as the Director of Behavioral Science at the Valley Baptist Family Practice Residency program in Harlingen, TX from 1997 to 2013. I also served as Director of Counseling Services at Dallas Theological Seminary (1992-1997), where I had also earned my Masters of Theology degree (1981). I earned my Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Counseling from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX in 1994 and have maintained a private practice in couples and family therapy up to the present time.
I am affiliated with Hill City Counseling and Consulting, Lynchburg, VA as an independent contractor for In-person counseling sessions. Click here to learn more.