For over 25 years, counselor and communication innovator Julie L. Johnson has worked successfully on several fronts developing and applying groundbreaking techniques to:

•Teach individuals how to manage their states of mind

•Defuse inappropriate resistance

•End intimate partner abuse

•End rebound relationships

•Enhance relationships with self and others

•Teach parents how to foster their child’s abilities and prepare them for the world

•Adjust to life's detours and transitions


Considered an expert trainer and group facilitator, Johnson holds an MA in Transformative Language Arts and a MS in Psychology.


Johnson, dubbed The Queen of Metaphor, has trained hundreds of clients on how to rewire problematic programmed thinking. Using a unique cognitive behavioral approach along with metaphor, multi-sensory tools and art therapy techniques.

As the former clinical training director for the Domestic Abuse Counseling Center (DACC) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the largest batterer intervention program in western Pennsylvania, Johnson introduced metaphor, art therapy and the multi-sensory approach to the agency with outstanding success.

Johnson has written curricula and developed psycho-educational programs beyond the one-size-fits-all paradigm, which yielded completion rates well above the national average for batterer intervention programs.


Ms. Johnson has facilitated over 120 training workshops in both the U.S. and Canada on how to use metaphor and art therapy techniques to defuse negative resistance when working with extremely challenging clients. 

As a university adjunct professor, Johnson specialized in: Art Therapy/Methods and Theory, Art Therapy Studio, Communication Skills, and Social Psychology. Her career also includes coaching/consultant for:

  • Counseling and rehabilitation centers

  • Judges, probation departments

  • Educators and students

  • Relationship enhancement groups

  • Life transition groups

  • Program development and facilitator for a youth alternative education program

  • Women and youth in victim-service programs.


Johnson’s training techniques have been published in RESPECT, a United Kingdom professional publication. Johnson was also cited as an expert on domestic violence intervention techniques in Leading Groups in Corrections: Skills and Techniques, published by The American Correctional Association. Ms. Johnson is the author of The Healing Journal: A guide to journaling, childhood sexual abuse and recovery, published by The Menninger Foundation.

With her innovative techniques, unique style, quick wit and seasoned expertise, Julie Johnson transforms abstract concepts into practical applications with notably effective results.