Ellie Bernstein Johnson, MS, LPC, Registered Play Therapist
I would describe myself as a compassionate, empathetic counselor that is also outgoing and engaging. My goal as a therapist is to help children build self-confidence and provide them with tools to adapt to change and persevere in challenging situations. I am passionate about providing hope to families and children along their journey, while facilitating a safe environment for my clients to process and understand any and all emotions.
My Approach to Counseling:
In order to meet the needs of every child, I aim to have a flexible therapeutic approach. I take a non-directive stance to the therapeutic process helping the client take lead, as they are expert in their own world. I strive to build a collaborative relationship between family, therapist and child. Play Therapy is my primary concentration but I also believe in using a strength based approach to help clients feel empowered and encouraged through the process.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have experience working in both acute and residential care settings for adolescents. As a graduate student, my internships provided ample opportunity to work with children and their families in the play therapy clinic. I specialize in working with a variety of concerns such as anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, social difficulties and behavior concerns.
I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of New Orleans in 2015 and a Master’s degree in Counselor Education in 2018 through the CACREP accredited program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In my graduate program I was the President of the Chi Sigma Iota Honors Society and lead intern for the Play Therapy clinic. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed through the state of Louisiana. I am also a Registered Play Therapist credentialed by the Association for Play Therapy.