Estefana Johnson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Social Work from Walden University.
Johnson began her career in 2001 in behavioral health working with at-risk youth in residential treatment facilities as a Behavioral Health Technician, Case Manager, Supervisor, and Clinical Assistant. She also worked as a Medical Social Worker at the Maricopa County Hospital and Burn Center in Phoenix, Arizona for two years which allowed her to gain a better understanding of the association between physical and mental health including the impact of medical trauma. The hands-on experience in residential treatment and public healthcare, along with the cultural experiences she encountered as a first-generation child of immigrants, and the time she spent living in a foreign country have shaped her understanding of and connection with people and has become the core of her therapeutic approach.
Johnson believes that during each treatment session the client is the ‘expert’ and takes on a client-centered, solution-focused approach. This approach is why Accelerated Resolution Therapy® (ART) quickly became an essential tool in her practice. She has worked with various mental health issues including PTSD, sexual trauma, anxiety disorders, conduct disorder, addictions, sexual behavior problems and life transitions. Johnson has worked with children, youth and adults in various settings providing individual, family, and group therapy. Additionally, she provides training for the foster community and behavioral health organizations and has presented at conferences.
Johnson is currently the Lead Trauma Clinician at Right of Way Outpatient services in Mesa, Arizona. She is passionate about foster and adoptive children and serves as lead volunteer, Board Member, and Clinical Director for ASA Now, a non-profit organization that provides assistance, support, and advocacy at a legislative level for foster and adoptive children and their families.