Marcus Johnson is my name and I'm a native of New Jersey but I've resided in Harlem, New York since
1992. I'am an accomplished counselor, therapist but most importantly an advocate and mediator for all populations. As a practicing Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) since 2006 and a proud Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) since 2002, I've seen how my background brings insight to members sessions aiding then therapeutically living with trauma and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnoses. My background and expertise has also allowed me to work together with members living with anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder.
What you may not know about me is prior to becoming an accomplished therapist I was a full scholarship student working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in dance at The Juilliard School. After completing my second year at the age of 20 I was injured in a motor vehicle accident in New Jersey. The diagnosis of a spinal cord injury least to say was traumatic but more so transformative. With God and supportive family, friend and loved ones I've earned all three of my degrees post injury. I hold two degrees from New York University, one of which is a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2002 and went on to earn a MSW from Fordham University in 2007.
For fifteen years I've worked for a community-based Managed Long-Term Care (MLTC) organization where their mission supported adults with physical disabilities and chronic health conditions to live and thrive fully in community life. As the Director of Advocacy and my tenure at this organization allowed me to hone in on advocacy and mediation skills supporting recipients with disabilities on an array of issues from supportive housing, Social Security Administration, Medicaid/Medicare, Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCESS- VR) as well as on the local and state offices of government. I also coach, providing motivational and mentoring approach to sessions assisting Christians, LGBTQ+ community and couples. Currently I’m Advocacy Specialist with a Health Home organization advocating much the same way as when I worked for the (MLTC) for 15 years. In addition I approach sessions with a motivational collaborative style. Implementing a Motivational Interviewing (MI) approach allows me to work with clients jointly to explore a multitude of concerns. If you're ready, I'm ready to take that step with you of what concerns you and make change.
I look forward to working with you!
- Eating disorders
- Sleeping disorders
- Bipolar disorder
Addictions , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Depression , Coaching , Compassion fatigue Read more...
LMHC #002089 (Expires: 2022-04-30)
Marcus has helped us as a couple as we transitioned from engaged to married over the course of about 5 months. We continue to meet with him because it allows us an open avenue of sharing with each other as a couple and Marcus does a great job of listening to us equally. He provides helpful constructive feedback, suggestions, and strategies to practice better communication.
Marcus is a personable counselor who took the time to get to know us as a couple right away when we started sessions together. He is transparent and open during sessions and pushes us to share openly with each other. Marcus has supported us in communicating better as a couple over the course of the last 6 months. We started sessions with Marcus as an engaged couple and are happily continuing weekly sessions as husband and wife.
Marcus has been wonderful. He listens for the details. He hears the issues. He suggests ways to move forward. Our communication issues would have gotten worse without him. Now we have hope instead.