About Dr. Johnson

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Education

I hold a Master's Degree from Columbia University School of Social Work and a Doctoral Degree from the University of Tennessee College of Social Work.

Career

My professional career in the mental health field spans over 20 years, having worked the areas of psychotherapy, social work research, clinical supervision, training and consultation, administration, program development, program evaluation, and public policy.

Expertise

I am a former Jehovah's Witness, having spent nearly 42 years in the group and having been raised in the group since the age of 10, when my family converted from Catholicism.

My area of expertise for counseling and cult recovery is Jehovah's Witnesses; however, I have counseled a diverse group of individuals in addition to JWs, from well-known and notorious groups, such as Scientology and NXIVM, to small and obscure groups with no actual names.

Cult Recovery

I specialize in working with and empowering clients who have religious trauma histories and clients who have been victims of abusive interpersonal relationships, systems of control, undue influence, cults, and coercive control. 

I am listed on the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) website as a recommended counseling provider for individuals who are recovering from spiritual abuse and serve as a member of ICSA's Advisory Council.

I am a regular presenter and group facilitator at ICSA Annual Conferences.

Forensic Social Work

I possess a certification in forensic social work and have over 20 years experience working with victims and perpetrators of physical, sexual, relationship, and spiritual abuse.

I am a speaker and presenter at the annual conferences of the National Organization of Forensic Social Workers (NOFSW). 

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