Greetings! My name is Dr. Damien Johnson and I am a counseling professional with over 12 years of experience in helping individuals manage presenting symptoms and difficulties using an eclectic style of therapy focusing on the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. I have a B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice, a M.A. in Counseling and a Ph.D. in Human Services and am credentialed as a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and a Licensed Addictions Counselor in South Carolina. I am also a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist in North Carolina. I own a private counseling and community outreach agency specializing in mental health and substance abuse/co-occurring disorders. I am married to my college sweetheart and we have four beautiful sons.
My counseling style is warm and engaging. I believe in a person centered approach to counseling that allows me to meet the client where they are and show them unconditional positive regard as we work towards specified goals. I believe in the collaborative process of counseling that focuses on clients' strength to assist in overcoming deficits that may impede optimum functioning. My theoretical orientation of choice is Cognitive Behavior Therapy, which focuses on the connection between thoughts and feelings that influence behaviors. I also use Reality Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Person-Centered principles to help guide clients effectively.
This is an important step in your journey towards healing and I will do my best to assist you in reaching your counseling goals.
Emotional Management (Depression, Anxiety, Anger)
Substance Use Disorders
Additional areas of focus: Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, ADHD
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
SC LPC 5249
NC LCMHC 7860
Dr. D has made the life I have envisioned possible. I would NOT be where I am without his leadership!
Written on Aug 31, 2023 after therapy with Damien for 3 years on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts
It doesn’t feel like a traditional therapy session with Dr. Johnson. I’ve done therapy in the past and I always felt a disconnect. It can uncomfortable disclosing personal information to someone you don’t have a good connection with. My sessions with Dr. Johnson always feel like I’m catching up with an old friend. It’s really hard for me to open up in general, yet I’m comfortable with being vulnerable with him. I don’t feel judged, embarrassed or ashamed of anything I say. I actually feel confident toward the end of our sessions. Past therapy experiences I remember being cut off when the time was up and I was left feeling empty, but with Dr. Johnson, I don’t feel that way. Even though we have to be conscious of the time, I never leave my sessions feeling empty or hopeless. I always have a direction to go in, or a goal to complete by the end of the day that we both agreed on. He also provides tools such as worksheets, guided meditation, and more to help with whatever is bothering me.
Overall I love my sessions and I’m blessed to have been paired with a therapist who actually gets me!
Written on Nov 10, 2022 after therapy with Damien for 2 years and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and grief
Dr Johnson is incredible. Provided me with tools to live my best and most authentic life. I appreciate everything he has done
Written on Sep 23, 2022 after therapy with Damien for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
He has been so impactful in such a small amount of time
Written on Sep 09, 2021 after therapy with Damien for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and self esteem
Dr. Johnson is the kind of counselor I've been searching for. He methods target the primary problems and together work on reframing them in a positive and engaged manner. I highly recommend Dr Johnson.
Written on Sep 08, 2021 after therapy with Damien for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem
Dr. Johnson really takes the time to listen to what I have to say. He respects me as a patient and as a person. I particularly appreciate how he pays attention to the details in what I tell him, and doesn't waste my time using fancy terminology I don't understand.
Written on Apr 19, 2021 after therapy with Damien for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, and anger management