Christopher Johnson, LCSW, BCD

22311 S Woodland Rd.

Shaker Heights, OH 44122


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You have power over your mind- not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.- Marcus Aurelius


I have broad experience working with ages 13 and older, including specialized work with active duty military and veterans. My expertise is in addiction, trauma/PTSD, adolescents and dual diagnosis.  I am a 10 year veteran of both the Army and the Navy. I was an active duty Clinical Social Worker in the U.S. Navy from 2012-2019 and  currently an adjunct professor on substance use disorder treatment and other psychological health topics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD.  I have over 17 years experience in the Psychological Health and Substance Use Disorder fields and have been board certified since 2013.   

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from George Mason University in 2000 and completed graduate school at Fordham University for Clinical Social Work in 2005. Additionally, I recently completed postgraduate work through Cornell University. I have extensive experience working in both military and civilian populations, including employee assistance programs. Inspired by my developmentally disabled sister, I began my mental health career as a Special Education instructor for developmentally disabled children.  I am a recognized  Subject Matter Expert in the areas of Substance Use Disorders and Psychological Health by the Federal Government. I have worked within our US military mental health clinics as a clinical provider, with an additional background in healthcare administration and healthcare policy while working for the Navy Medicine Headquarters. I am highly skilled in Clinical Supervision, recently working as the Military and Clinical Adviser for the John's Hopkins Navy Social Work Fellowship Program

I am a current and active member of the American Society of Addiction MedicineNational Association of Social WorkersAmerican Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work and the Employee Assistance Professionals Association

In my spare time, I am an avid hiker with my German Shepherd, Logan, I love to travel and I'm a big supporter of the Ehlers-Danlos Society as my wife and other family members struggle with the disorder. I am also a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).


How I Can

Help You

Specializing In:


Adolescents (12+)




Chronic Pain

Co-Occurring Disorders


I'm a compassionate, person-centered therapist. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and pragmatic feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I love being able to support positive changes in the lives of individuals and the satisfaction that comes from helping others overcome barriers to their own success. I do this by integrating complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. I work with each individual to help build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. 


My major modalities used (but not all) are:


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

**Social Workers needing Clinical Supervision, I offer Clinical Supervision on an ongoing basis either remotely or in person. Rates can be found on the services page.