Denise Johnson, Therapist in Asheville, North Carolina — Zencare
Denise  Johnson
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Denise Johnson


Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, CCMHC Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, LCAS National Certified Counselor, NCC
North Carolina, South Carolina Accepting Online
Asheville Waitlist In-person
Updated November 6, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Alcohol use disorder & addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Identity development
  • Life transitions
  • Stress management
  • Assertiveness

Professional statement

Denise Johnson is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Addictions Counselor in North Carolina and a Licensed Professional Counselor in South Carolina. She focuses her practice supporting adult women struggling with alcohol use, anxiety, low self-worth, and life transitions.

Denise works from a trauma-informed, strengths-based approach; she draws from solution-focused brief therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, self-compassion, CBT, and positive psychology to support her clients. She actively pursues continuing education training in order to provide the best possible experience for her clients.

Denise currently offers both in-person at her office in downtown Asheville, NC and virtual sessions for client located in North Carolina and South Carolina. If you would like to work with Denise, the first step is reach out and request a free 15 minute phone consultation. Denise will provide you with dates and times in addition to a brief pre-screen form. If you and Denise decide you will be a good fit together, the next step will be to fill out paperwork and, if you are using insurance, run an insurance verification query. Denise currently works with a third party to process all insurance claims and payments (exception is BCBS) and will typically schedule first the session at least 1 week in advance in order to allow enough time for all paperwork to be completed prior to first session.

Message to clients

My goal is to instill a sense of hope that change is possible and to support women seeking solutions to their challenges. It is never too late to make a decision to change your life and it is my honor and privilege to serve as a guide throughout your journey.

Together we can work to help equip you with the necessary tools to help you face and overcome your challenges. Whether you’re struggling with alcohol use, anxiety, or low self-worth, it is important that you know you don’t have to be alone in this journey. I have the experience to help you achieve your goals, overcome these struggles, and live a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

No two individuals are the same, and I tailor our sessions together to address challenges unique to you. We will work together to understand the root cause of your struggles and address them with long-lasting strategies, helping you get closer to the life you’ve always wanted.


Alcohol use disorder & addiction - Tolerating emotional discomfort; reducing or eliminating reliance on alcohol; development of new coping mechanisms for stress and suffering.

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Identity development - Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values; addressing issues such as, race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, in the context of self experience

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Assertiveness - Empowering oneself to prioritize one’s needs above others, especially when it comes to mental health; practicing how to set and maintain boundaries; exploring why it can be difficult to stand up for oneself in certain situations


  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)


  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Optum
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $125 (60min)

Additional session information

Therapist's note

Limited Sliding Scale available through Open Path membership.


Online Sessions (North Carolina)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8am - 5:30pm
  • Tue 8am - 5:30pm
  • Wed 8am - 5:30pm
  • Thu 8am - 12pm
  • Fri 8am - 12pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Asheville practice
70 Woodfin Place, Suite 319, Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8am - 12pm
  • Tue 8am - 2:30pm
  • Wed 8am - 2:30pm
  • Thu Telehealth only
  • Fri Telehealth only
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (South Carolina)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:00am - 5:30pm
  • Tue 8:00am - 5:30pm
  • Wed 8:00am - 5:30pm
  • Thu 8:00am - 12pm
  • Fri 8:00am - 12pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 5 years

Behavioral Health Group, Counselor, 2019 - 2022, Counselor, 2021 - 2022
Willow Place for Women, Counselor, 2018 - 2019
Asheville Recovery Center, Counselor, 2018 - 2018

Barry University, Master’s in Science, dual specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling & Marriage, Couple, Family Counseling and Therapy, 2017
Boston University, B.A., Sociology & Anthropology, Boston University, 1997


North Carolina: 13706

South Carolina: 8360