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Stefanie Johnson, LPC

Stress, Anxiety Trauma and abuse Self esteem Depression Coping with life changes
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About me

Welcome, and thank you for being here to learn more about me to see if we could be a good fit to work together! My name is Stefanie and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Wisconsin. I have over 10 years of experience working in the mental health field and have worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient hospital, Intensive Outpatient programs, in-home therapy, case management programs and outpatient therapy. All that means is that I have a wide variety of experience that has allowed me to see and work with a wide range and severity of clinical issues. Much of my experience is working with depression, anxiety, complex trauma, PTSD and severe and persistent mental illness, like schizophrenia. Throughout the course of working with those particular mental health issues, I also have worked with family and relationship conflicts and anger issues.

My desire to pursue a career in the mental health field began in my senior year of high school and I stayed with that path all throughout my undergraduate and graduate education. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (go Blugolds!) and my Master's degree in Educational Psychology - Community Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. After I completed my undergraduate degree, I worked for about one year for the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare as a case manager for families involved in the foster care system. I learned quickly in that job while making referrals for the families on my caseload for mental health services that I wanted to be the person receiving those referrals. I have experienced first-hand mental health issues in my own family and understand how challenging it can be coping with these issues for the person struggling and their loved ones. I also have seen how much life can improve for people when they find the support they need and can begin to take better care of themselves. Despite so much effort to eliminate it, the stigma around mental health remains and I believe that being able to access support online can reach so many more people who want to take steps toward taking better care of themselves. I recently took a few years away from outpatient therapy to be at home with my young, growing family and I think that utilizing online counseling is the perfect fit right now for me and my family.

I use a holistic, person-centered, eclectic approach to my work, meaning I will meet you where you are at and tailor my approach to your needs. My treatment approach is grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and has been strongly influenced by Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I also utilize mindfulness techniques, values based therapy and solution focused therapy. I am also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming) for working with people who have experienced trauma. If you are looking for someone to give advice or tell you what to do, I am not your person. I believe in facilitating a conversation that leads you to discovering how you can best cope with, manage and overcome the struggles you have. That sounds like a little “tough love” and I do have that side of me, but I also come from a place of empathy and warmth that helps to foster that conversation to be supportive and effective. I believe that mental health is as important as physical health, and just like it can take time to see positive changes in our physical health and wellness, I believe that mental health requires the same consistency and patience to see positive changes.

I look forward to working with you and thank you again for taking the time to get to know me a little better.

Professional experience

13yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Communication Problems, Dissociation, First Responder Issues, Mood Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Women's Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

WI LPC 4004-125


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Stefanie Johnson. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

she was excellent!

Written on Apr 12, 2023 after therapy with Stefanie for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Such a lovely person, easy to talk to and easy to share things that you might be holding onto, that are hard to share with other people. Thank you for helping manage my daily stressors and holding me accountable!

Written on Jan 20, 2023 after therapy with Stefanie for 2 years and 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Stefanie has been great to work with. She is so supportive and really understands what I am feeling and going through. She is very easy to talk to and knowledgeable on my concerns and my situation.

Written on Oct 14, 2022 after therapy with Stefanie for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

Very kind, very smart, very helpful! She's very knowledgeable on how certain mental illnesses will effect and make up a person (example: me), and her advice (if requested) is tailored to that. She's very good at listening and unraveling, which is exactly what I need.

Written on Oct 07, 2022 after therapy with Stefanie for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, self esteem, and adhd

I have tried to connect with several therapists over the years. No one has met my needs or been as helpful as Stefanie. With her guidance and support, I have grown so much as a person and am continuing. I am incredibly thankful for her and am so grateful for everything we have been able to work on together.

Written on May 09, 2022 after therapy with Stefanie for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Matching with Stefanie was something I never could have imagined helping in the capacity that it did. I am so incredibly thankful for her and the work she helped me achieve! She is kind and respectful and an amazing listener however, she knows how to challenge you and encourage you at the same time! Would highly highly recommend Stefanie.

Written on Feb 17, 2022 after therapy with Stefanie for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd