Stephanie Johnston, LCSW
I'm an artist, a mom, a Buddhist, and a psychotherapist. These aspects of my life have helped me support others in their healing process for the past 10 years. I've created the Studio to be a space where we can gather to 'walk each other home' on our journeys of self development. I believe that easing suffering is my purpose in life, so please contact me if you could use some support.
I grew up raising cattle and riding horses in a very small town in the rural mountains of Northwestern Arkansas. I obtained my Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Studio Art, then a Masters Degree in Social Work, from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock where I now teach part time. Art is a huge part of my life, my own mental health, and my work with others. I went into Psychology and Social Work because I have a passion for fighting for justice and improving systems. I try to stay active working for as many social issues as I can.
Professionally, I am most interested in helping women with big emotions. I have experience working with a range of mental health issues and continue to treat Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other issues in the Mental Health Clinic at the VA. I am an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and teach both a Dialectical Behavior Therapy course in the Masters of Social Work program as well as a course in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I have extensive experience, training, and expertise in these two types of evidence based therapies as well as in Mindfulness Meditation.
In my private practice at The Studio I specialize in Dialectical Behavior Therapy which is particularly useful treating Borderline Personality Disorder and highly sensitive people. I have found my best work, and my purpose in this field, is in helping sensitive women. My value is in my extensive training and experience in this area. I have had specialized education and work experience with DBT and have found it incredibly helpful for those with self harm behaviors, suicidal thoughts, or emotion regulation issues.
I am currently training for a certificate in Maternal Mental Health from Postpartum Support International. I am also the state's only "Bringing Baby Home" Educator. This is a program designed by the Gottmans (leaders in the field of couples therapy) that helps new parents maintain their relationship (and sanity) after the addition of a new baby. I offer Bringing Baby Home workshops the first weekend of every month.
So, that's the short version of who I am and how I might be able to help. If you need support please contact me. If you're one of the tribe you should get in touch and we'll walk the journey together.
Call or Text: 501-902-5250