Sue Johnson, L.M.F.T.
Sue Johnson has devoted her life to exploring the endless possibilities of human potential. She is an experienced clinician skilled in a variety of therapeutic methods. Sue had traveled extensively, meeting individuals of different cultures from all over the world. She has worked with people mired in the muck of alcoholism , or crippled by emotional and psychiatric problems. Sue has worked with survivors of sexual trauma, childhood abuse and domestic violence. She has walked with them from the darkness of despair to the ever-shining light of hope. Sue understands that no matter how smart or how skilled one is, life remains a tremendous challenge.
“The best clients are those with the humility that allows them to be teachable,” declares Sue. “The best therapists are those with the humility to know that they will learn from their clients.”
Sue graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public Relations at the age of 21. At 27, she moved to Hawaii. Sue enjoyed a 20-year career as a writer, which included work as a public relations executive, advertising copy writer, magazine editor, travel and business writer, author, and owner of her own communications consulting firm. Sue’s first book, Motherhood at the Crossroads, Meeting the Challenge of a Changing Role (Plenum Publishing, New York, N.Y., 1997) was based on a multi-generational psychological study of educated women who had purposefully walked away from successful careers to become stay-at-home moms. The book was critically acclaimed nationwide.
In 2005, while raising hertwo children, Sue earned her Master’s degree in Psychology from Chaminade University of Honolulu. She counseled inmates at the Women’s Community Correctional Center’s (WCCC) residential substance abuse program while completing her education. After graduation, Sue moved to Utah to work with juvenile sex offenders in a nationally-known program unique to the beehive state. Since then, she has expanded her reach through a complete range of outpatient services, counseling and education.
Randy Johnson, M.A., L.M.F.T., M.A., T.H.M.
If Randy had listened to the experts, he wouldn’t be the expert he is today. Counselor, pastor, and educator, Randy is an expert is at overcoming the odds. After surviving encephalitis at the age of eight, Randy was told that he would never perform like his peers physically or academically. Refusing to believe it, Randy enrolled in the University of Utah’s psychology program in 1978. Three years later, he moved to southern California to continue his studies at the Lutheran Bible Institute and Pacific Christian College where he received his bachelor’s degree in the fields of psychology and religion. He excelled in both programs!
Deeply committed to helping others overcome their barriers, Randy went on to teach special education for five years. After that, he went on to earn a Masters degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University. While working as a marriage and family therapist Randy attended seminary in order to integrate his therapeutic skills with a sound theological foundation. He served a year-long Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). As a Chaplain Intern with University Partners hospital and Hospice Center, in Oklahoma City, where he ministered ecumenically to the sick.
” My intention is to empower people to live out God’s living Word in spite of the human condition,” explains Randy.
Randy is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as an approved supervisor. He has more than twenty five years experience providing mental health services to the Salt Lake community through every level of care from residential to outpatient. He’s been a family preservation therapist and a foster care case manager. He has worked with Utah Foster Care and the juvenile and adult courts. Randy is currently a clinical care manager for Aetna Behavioral Healthcare, the Clinical Director of Intentional Family Institute, a certified domestic violence counselor, and a liaison with the Department of Corrections.