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    About Me

    Finding the strength to pursue the life you’ve always dreamed of takes more than an idea. What you need to truly succeed is a compassionate guide who understands your struggles and has the expertise to help you overcome those hurdles. This is where I am honored to be of help.

    My name is Denise Johnson, Founder of DCJ Coaching, as well as a licensed Clinical Mental Health and Addiction Therapist. While I have spent much of my professional life working with adults struggling with addiction, anxiety, trauma, grief, stress management, self-image & self-worth. I have found myself drawn to empowering women in a new way.

    Throughout my life, I have been amazed by the way people grow, interact, and change. Having lived in Africa, Brazil, and France, I have gained a unique perspective on how culture and experiences impact each of us in profound ways. 

    What I found is that we often feel stuck or at a loss of where to go, which leads to discontentment and a lack of motivation. Life does not have to feel this way, and I would love to show you a way through the darkness toward life-giving light.

    Supporting Women find their Voice

    By supporting women to build healthier relationships with themselves, they are able to start finding ways to become in touch with what they truly need. It is such a rewarding experience to show someone how their lives can transform thanks to the time we spend working side-by-side. 

    I offer a wide range of options to suit each individual’s specific needs and desires during this journey of self-discovery and self-empowerment. 

    You no longer have to live without purpose or direction. All it takes is making the move to seek out help and start the process. Feel free to explore the services I offer, and reach out when you’re ready to Live, Breathe, Thrive.

    Professional Background

    – Advanced Certified Life Coach

    – Masters in Science; Bachelors in Arts

    – Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

    – Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor

    – Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor

    – National Certified Counselor

    Are you ready to take the first step?


    “From the very beginning, she was welcoming, patient and understanding. She created a safe space for me and my thoughts with her (genuine) smile and tone. I didn’t feel judged. I did feel seen and heard. 

    Insightful. Relaxed. Encouraging.”

    DeeAnn Gardner, Georgia, USA

    ” Denise is instantly very comfortable to speak with.  Her down-to-earth nature and non-judgmental approach are very much appreciated.   From the very beginning of the session, I had a sense that she genuinely liked me, which helped put me at ease and be able to open up more quickly.  

    She is good at exploring the theoretical and the roots behind certain behaviors but also very solid in establishing realistic and practical goals to move her clients forward.   

    I highly recommend Denise.  Her experience as a licensed therapist and as an endearing human make her uniquely qualified to create powerful transformations with her coaching clients.”

    Cara Zuraski, New York, USA

    “During the session, I felt like Denise really listened to what I was saying, she was able to reflect back to me that she understands the topics that I was trying to convey to her. I automatically felt comfort in sharing personal topics with her, for she seems non-judgemental. In addition to ease of communication, she was able to help me clarify my goals for the future. Three words: Authentic, Comfortable, Safe.”

    Lynna Hedrick, Tennessee, USA

    “I feel very seen and comfortable with Denise. She is both very professional and down-to-earth. Her supportive, non-judgemental nature is instantly calming and helps me feel at ease to reflect and see what next steps I need to to take. I always want to spend more time with Denise.”

    Marcella Dean, Oregon, USA

    My Values


    "What becomes possible when you release your ideas about what should be and embrace what is instead?" Let's explore together "what new and unexpected things happen when you start accepting reality on reality’s terms." Acceptance is NOT approval! Acceptance is "acknowledging what’s already happened; approval is consenting to more of it in the future." (Source: Psychology Today)


    Compassion in the coaching relationship helps individuals build trust, feel safer taking risks, cultivate healthier relationships. Self-compassion helps individuals develop stronger, healthier relationships with themselves through self-kindness, common humanity and mindfulness.


    "Creativity encompasses the ability to discover new and original ideas, connections, and solutions to problems. It’s a part of our drive as humans—fostering resilience, sparking joy, and providing opportunities for self-actualization."  (Source: Psychology Today)


    According to C.S. Lewis, Integrity, “is doing the right thing, even when no one is looking.” Living with integrity means understanding, accepting, and choosing to live in accordance with your principles.  

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