Stephen J. Johnson, Ph.D., earned all three of his advanced degrees and was awarded a Fellowship in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Southern California. He has been a licensed psychotherapist, consultant, and educator for over 40 years and has a full-time practice with offices in Beverly Hills and Woodland Hills. He holds two counseling credentials and a National Certification in Rehabilitation (CRC5869) as well as a state license in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFC5867) granted in 1972. Additionally, he has clinical membership in several professional organizations and is a Fellow in the American Psychotherapy Association. He is one of the founding directors of the Center for Holistic Psychology in Beverly Hills, with which he has been associated since 1974. He has lectured in a number of venues and has been an instructor at the University of Southern California and Ryokan College in West Los Angeles as well as having facilitated events for men at California State University in Northridge.
Dr. Johnson has written and has been interviewed for several published articles on a variety of topics, including men’s concerns, gender dynamics and support of our youth. His new book about men, The Sacred Path: The Way of the Spiritual Warrior, byline Journey to Mindful Manhood is slated for release by October 2012. A frequent guest on radio and television, Dr. Johnson has appeared on all major networks. He is the founder and director of the Men's Center of Los Angeles, formed in 1989, and has conducted workshops and retreats for men and women for over 30 years. His semi-annual Sacred Path Retreat for men is celebrated in October for 25 years of service to the men’s community while the Call to Adventure Retreat, a rites of passage program for young males, is in its twelfth season.
Dr. Johnson was a co-founder and director of The Los Angeles Men's Leadership Guild as well as a convener on the North American Confederation of Men's Councils. In addition to his work with couples and families, he is widely recognized for his expertise in working with men and adolescent boys. He facilitates several weekly men’s therapeutic support groups as well as periodic workshops and large group events through his own company, Sacred Path Productions, Inc. He stands at the forefront of the developing field of male psychology and gender dynamics.
Dr. Johnson is a gifted facilitator and a master guide for the experiential journey that unfolds during his retreats and workshops. Using his skills as a psychotherapist and the sensibility of a wisdom teacher, he creates a context that allows a freedom of expression, an access to one’s pain, and a doorway to transformation. He acts as a gatekeeper to personal expansion, guide for the spiritual journey and mentor to the opening heart.
“I enjoy working with adults and adolescent age children in my practice, individually and in couple, family and group sessions. My philosophical foundation is Humanistic Existentialism and my therapeutic orientation is eclectically balanced between a Mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic approach. My sessions tend to be quite interactive and my focus is on the family system. My wife and I have been together for 35 years and have three young adult children. I appreciate the tough lessons that families face these days, including the strains imposed through parenting issues, elder care, financial demands and diminished time, to name a few. The many years that I have devoted to my career as well as to my own family have provided me with a compassionate understanding of the challenges that most people are confronted with in today's fast-paced, ever-changing world. I enthusiastically bring this knowledge to my work with my clients.”
In addition to his in-office sessions, Dr. Johnson has clients throughout the world and conducts consultation and psychotherapy sessions via the phone and Skype as appropriate. He accepts most major credit cards for payment of services rendered.