Michelle Johnson, LCSW

Michelle Johnson, LCSW

Michelle Johnson, LCSW

Michelle Johnson is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). She was raised in Rockford and has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communication/public relations with a minor in nutrition from UW – Stevens Point and then received a Master of Social Work degree (MSW) from UW – Madison. After receiving her MSW, Michelle was a Crisis Interventionist at the Mulberry Campus of Rosecrance (Rockford, IL), facilitated group and individual psychotherapy sessions as a Mental Health Clinician at Rosecrance WARE Center (Rockford, IL) and was a Clinician at the Illinois Crisis Prevention Network working with individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Along with working with those who suffer from depression and anxiety, Michelle specializes in working with individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. This includes both the individual and the family and/or caretakers. Michelle believes that working with the supports around the individual is just as vital as working with the individual themselves. This belief also extends to aging population and the supports around them. Aging is a multilayered grief process but can also be filled with much joy and happiness. Michelle works with individuals who have been diagnosed with all forms of dementia and other aging related diagnoses. Using various modes of acceptance and mindfulness therapies, Michelle also specializes in working with the caregivers who often face caregiver stress and burnout.

Many treatment modalities are utilized from Cognitive Behavior Therapy to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Other therapies are intertwined such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to serve those who have been diagnosed with various personality disorders--especially those who have Borderline Personality Disorder. Michelle believes in a solution focused therapy where the therapist and individual walk hand in hand to find solutions for the complicated maze that is life.

She is currently a member of the National Association of Social Workers NASW, serves on the Community Advisory Council for the YMCA of the Rock River Valley, and is a Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) counselor at the Area Agency on Aging. Michelle believes that wellness is multifaceted and can require interweaving mind, body, and spirit to heal and enhance emotional wellbeing.

Please feel free to submit any questions to MJohnson@glenwoodcenter.com

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