Biography

“I enjoy working with adults and adolescent age youths in my practice. My philosophical foundation is centered on Humanistic Existentialism while my therapeutic orientation is based in Mindfulness Training and is an eclectic blend of Cognitive Behavioral and Psychodynamic approaches.  My sessions tend to be quite interactive and my focus is on the family system. My wife and I have been together for 40 years and have raised 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.”
— Dr. Stephen J. Johnson


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 45 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 Counseling (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 of 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 1976.  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 issues, gender dynamics and support of our youth. His new book:  The Sacred Path:  The Way of The Spiritual Warrior (Journey to Mindful manhood) was published in 2013 through SacredPathPress.com.  As a guest on radio and television programs, Dr. Johnson has appeared on all major networks.  He is the founder and director of the Men’s Center of Los Angeles, formed in 1988 and has conducted workshops and retreats for men and women for over 30 years.   His semi-annual Sacred Path Retreat for men has just celebrated 29 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 fifteenth 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 three 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.

In addition to his in-office sessions, Dr. Johnson has clients throughout the world and conducts consultation and psychotherapy sessions via the phone, Facetime and Skype as appropriate.  He accepts most major credit cards for payment of services rendered.