Dr. Shantalea Johns, Ed.D, LMSW


I grew up on Detroit’s east side. As a child, Detroit was distinguished by abysmal national rankings – one of the lowest per capita incomes, one of the highest rates of children living in poverty, and among the greatest numbers of single-parent households. During my childhood, I often witnessed gang fights in my school’s lunchroom or saw the effects of the crack cocaine epidemic while playing outside with friends.  I saw grand-scale societal problems that left me with questions of what was possible for my life. It was the selfless heart and listening ear of my Aunt Lillie, who gave up her dreams of becoming a nurse to raise my brother and me, that set me on the path of wanting to help adolescents and young adults recover from the effects of trauma. 

I was fortunate enough to graduate from Wayne State University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work. I also have a doctorate in Education. Social work is a helping profession with the primary purpose of improving the overall well-being of others, especially the most vulnerable populations. Educators teach learners of all ages. As a social worker and educator, I consider my clients’ internal struggles and the influences of personal relationships, family history, work, school, and community on the challenges they face. As your therapist, I will create a therapeutic environment where clients feel heard and respected. I will be there to guide you as you consider ways of resolving problems and successfully achieving your goals. I am committed to offering HOPE and strategies for supporting your overall wellness.

My Treatment Approach


    • Preteen/Tweens 11 to 13
    • Adolescent/teenagers 14-19
    • Adults


    • Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Teen or Adult victim of Child Sexual Abuse/Physical Abuse
      • Anxiety
      • Depression
      • Family Conflict
      • Bullying
      • Grief
      • Self Esteem/Self Confidence

      Treatment Orientation

        • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
        • Christian Counseling 
        • Mindfulness-based strategies
        • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
        • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
        • Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
        • Family-Focused Therapy

      University Professor, Researcher, Speaker


      Doctorate Degree in Education ( Ed.D)

      Master of Social Work (MSW)

      Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)


      State of Michigan: Licensed Master Social Worker number: 6801090549


      National Association of Social Workers (NASW)


      Licensed (Clinical & Macro) Master Social Worker (LMSW)

      Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional, International Trauma Training Institute, Evergreen Certifications. 

      Telehealth Certification- Old Dominion University

      Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor – Youth, Adult, Higher Education, Public Safety, and Fire and EMS -National Council for Behavioral Health

      Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching

      Certificate in Mixed Methods Research, University of Michigan

      Please feel free to contact us, to explore how we can be helpful during this time.


      (248) 284-4226