“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 Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Trauma Focused- CBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Interpersonal Approach, and the Client Centered Approach. 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 life phase/stages issues. I have worked with clients from ages 12- 28 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 from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Doctoral degree in Professional Counseling, specialization in suicide prevention and depression, from Mississippi College. I have a LMSW and I am currently in supervision for LCSW. I also hold a LCDC-I for chemical dependency.
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.
WHAT IS A LCDC?
A licensed chemical dependency counselor (LCDC) helps people with substance use disorders better understand and cope with addiction. These professionals display great interpersonal skills and have the ability to empathize with their clients in nonjudgmental ways. The role often requires patience, understanding and trust. Some states allow a person to become licensed with an associate’s degree, but many require a bachelor’s degree or higher. Additionally, counselors are often required to gain experience through internships, supervised clinical hours or other avenues that involve direct client interaction. Professionals who specialize in mental health and addiction are needed to help reduce the treatment gap that affects many underserved communities throughout the United States. LCDCs play an important role in closing this gap. The following provides an overview of what these professionals do, how they start their careers and what opportunities are available.