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Meet Shemena Johnson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shemena Johnson.

Shemena, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am a Los Angeles native. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Cal State University Los Angeles and Master of Arts degree from Antioch University. In addition, I attended a one-year certificate program at the Psychoanalytic Center of California focusing on psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Currently, I am working on my doctorate dissertation focusing on race-based traumatic stress with African Americans.

I have been a therapist for over 5 years. I work with adults and couples. My client focus is African American and other ethnicities and includes bisexual, gay and heterosexual. I specialize in the core, in-depth issues of anxiety, depression, and the psychodynamics of race and interpersonal relationships.

I continue to find gratification in guiding individuals through life’s obstacles, even the most difficult ones. I believe change is facilitated in the therapeutic process when a person feels understood in their own pain.

Has it been a smooth road?
The journey to becoming a therapist was difficult. There was excitement within insecurity. The excitement of learning how to help others and yet, insecurity on the knowledge and skills of learning how to help others while questioning your own ability to succeed. You put those two together and you have a new adventure that fills up your life!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Shemena Johnson – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Psychotherapy is helpful in discovering the challenges and conflicts responsible for one’s difficulties, often bringing about a new perspective that can help an individual view themselves through a lens of compassion and empathy. As a woman of color, I can appreciate and acknowledge the contributive influences related to an individual’s cultural background, family dynamics, sexuality, gender and different identities that define who you are.

This gives me a unique vantage in providing deep empathy and understanding, thereby enhancing the rich experiences you can have been in therapy — a proven way to look within and to move forward in service of your betterment and enlivened potential.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I love the most about Los Angeles is the weather, diversity and freedom to be and create whoever you want to be. The only downside to Los Angeles is the horrible traffic.

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