Elizabeth N. Johnson
Elizabeth Johnson is a licensed professional counselor in the District of Columbia. For more than 15 years, Elizabeth has specialized in working with families in crisis and those experiencing trauma, including intimate partner and family violence. Elizabeth provides psychotherapy services at the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing in the Resilient Scholars Project, a school and home-based trauma-focused family counseling program. Additionally, she sees youth, family, and adults in a private practice setting, as a Mental Health Therapist with EMC2 Mental Health & Educational Consulting.
Elizabeth advocates for oppressed populations through her work as a Human Rights Liaison with the DC Office of Human Rights. Elizabeth provides education and training in trauma, crisis response, dynamics of intra-family violence, counselor support and many other community concerns to local organizations and national and local conferences. Moreover, Elizabeth has provided mental health crisis support to national organizations, such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
After starting her career working with domestic violence survivors in community-based shelters, Elizabeth obtained her Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. Elizabeth has received training in evidence-based practices including Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavior Therapy, a nationally accepted intervention for the reduction of PTSD symptomology in children and adolescents; and, presently, Elizabeth is pursuing a certification in tele-mental health. Using a variety of interventions such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Mindfulness, Elizabeth provides her clients with tools to become empowered and reach their goals. Beyond traditional office-based counseling, Elizabeth spends time in the community providing whole-life services to meet client’s needs that exceed traditional office-based psychotherapeutic engagement.
In addition to Elizabeth's work as a therapist, she is chair emeritus of the Family Systems Collaborative with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at the Wendt Center. Additionally, she is the director and developer of mental health services at a grass-roots, non-profit, Safe Sisters Circle, located one of DC’s most vulnerable communities, Wards 7 & 8. Elizabeth is also authoring a trauma-informed, culturally-based curriculum to help counselors and therapists provide better culturally humble services.
In her free time, she enjoys genealogy research, writing short stories, and helping build friendships among friends with the goal of combating loneliness