“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
My name is Dr. Maritza Johnson and I am an LMSW in supervision for LCSW. I enjoy helping clients learn their strengths and use them in the time of crisis and life circumstances. I use an authentic and empathetic approach with my clients as well as be present and in the moment. I utilize the client centered approach with my clients to help them gain their control back. The space with my clients are safe and secure and the therapeutic alliance is comfortable and trusting.
I have experience working with clients who have ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences), grief, depression, self-harm, and suicidal ideation. I also have experience with clients who have anxiety and some mental illnesses such as bipolar and schizophrenia. I have worked with clients from ages 12- 65 within a therapeutic alliance.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Mississippi Valley State University, a Master’s degree in Social Work, and Doctoral degree in Professional Counseling, specialization in suicide prevention and depression, from Mississippi College. I am currently in supervision for LCSW.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE
I enjoy every aspect of life, from the good and the bad. I believe that we must find the positive lens to see through the tough times and know that it is all a learning lesson. My hobbies are spending time with love ones, enjoying music and art, and being a help to others.
WHAT IS A LMSW?
In most cases, earning an MSW from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is enough to qualify to apply to become an LMSW. Depending on your state, there may be a licensure exam that evaluates an applicant’s understanding of key social work principles, particularly in ethics and safety. Many social workers with an MSW or LMSW have careers in case management, working in settings such as child protection agencies or government organizations evaluating eligibility for public assistance. In addition, some people pursue an LMSW with an interest in working on policy reform or in social advocacy jobs. These social workers may find themselves working alongside people with advanced degrees in health policy or government, lending the unique perspective of a social worker.