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About Lisa

Making relationships a priority has been the theme for Lisa’s whole life. Even before she was a parent, her passion was to “save the world…one family at a time.” As a child, Mary Poppins was her role model. Mary Poppins breezed into a family home, helped them recognize the importance of their connection with each other until they were too busy enjoying each other to focus on her, and she drifted away.

After a friend became pregnant at 14, Lisa found her passion for counseling by helping her. Clinical Psychology was her major in college, until she realized that she was only learning “abnormal” psychology. So, upon graduation she earned a second major in Developmental Psychology for her Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University. Between undergraduate and graduate school, her work experience included Director of an After School Program, Legal Advocate in a Child Sexual Abuse program, and Domestic Violence Shelter of a community mental health center. While working in Northern Illinois University’s Child Development Laboratory, Lisa studied Applied Family and Child Studies with a Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy.

In 1990, Lisa started practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist in an agency that specialized in family treatment of violence. After moving to New Mexico, her professional experience included head teacher in another child development program, home based therapy with teens on probation and school based therapy in elementary and high schools.

As a parent, the need for increased flexibility urged her to go into private practice. With an office one block away from where her son attends school, and 1/2 a mile from the university where she recently completed her PhD in Family Studies, she has the flexibility needed to make relationships a priority in her own life, and help others to do the same with theirs.

Dr. Johnson is a warm, outgoing, solution-oriented psychotherapist. She is skilled in multiple treatment approaches that she can tailor to help you develop a plan for addressing your concerns and meet your specific needs. She is an action oriented therapist who likes to see the results that support the changes you want in your relationships. She is an active learner and bases her interventions on treatment approaches that have been well researched and proven effective in multiple populations. Dr. Johnson provides support and practical feedback to help clients resolve current problems and long-standing patterns. With sensitivity and compassion, she can help you find solutions to a wide range of life challenges and psychological issues. She works with each person to help build on your strengths to identify and achieve your life goals.

With over 17 years experience as a clinician, and a graduate of Northern Illinois University specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy, she is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. She received her PhD in Family Studies from the University of New Mexico in 2007 with her research focus on Parental Love. Among her areas of expertise are Relationship Enhancement Therapy for Couples, solution focused therapy, therapy with adolescents and their families and young adults. She has several years experience working in agencies specializing with family violence, teens on probation and in school based settings.

In addition, Dr. Johnson has presented at national conferences and to general audiences on topics ranging from Assessment of Violence Potential in a School Setting to Preventive Education for Children, Sexuality Education for Children and Youth, and Relationship Skills training.

Education:

PhD in Family Studies from University of New Mexico, 2007.
MS in Applied Family and Child Studies, Northern Illinois University, 1990.
BA in Clinical and Developmental Psychology, Purdue University, 1984

License, Certifications & Awards:

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of New Mexico since 1993.
Certified in Relationship Enhancement Therapy for Couples since 2006.

Professional Activities and Memberships:

Clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy since 1992.

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