We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexi Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexi, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
I strive to serve my community by providing counseling services for people of all walks of life to be able to process their challenges and learn how to live a more fulfilling life. I have an advocate heart, which is used within my work to serve marginalized groups who could strongly benefit from therapy. Specifically, I serve a large LGBTQ+ community so they can seek supportive, accepting, and competent counseling in a state that may not always be accepting of who they are. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community myself, being there to serve and assist them is one of my greatest callings in life. Having been on the other side of the counseling couch, so to speak, I understand how vital this support is to those struggling. I am able to serve the entire state of Georgia by using Telehealth video sessions. This allows people in our more unaccepting areas to still have someone to help support them.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I got to where I am today with support from others and lots of learning moments. My degrees’ did not prepare me for running a small business, so I am continually learning from my experiences and through others. I went to school to learn how to be an effective counselor but the business aspect was not highlighted. I am grateful for the support of friends, family, and co-workers. I’ve learned to pay attention to what is working for me and for my clients so that I can adjust as needed for everyone. I want the world to know that counseling is worth the investment and that there is someone out there for you. Alexi Johnson Counseling is ready for you if you are ready to start on your path to growth.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m an outdoor enthusiast so I’d show my friend some of my favorite hiking spots in Georgia (e.g. Cloudland Canyon, Lula Land Trust, etc..). Now for Pre/Post-Pandemic, I’d show them ATL by taking them to Laughing Skull for a comedy show and run nextdoor for a delicious vortex burger. I’d take them to the Aquarium to see the amazing wildlife we have access to. Next stop, Mercades Benz stadium to see an Atlanta United Game and enjoy some delicious Ponko’s chicken with sticky rice.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to thank my previous counselor DeAnn Langley, LPC who helped me during a tough transitional time and a assisted me in making a decision about my life path. She also showed me how beneficial counseling can be in one’s life. Thank you! I wouldn’t be the counselor I am today without my masters program professors at the Department of Counseling at the University of North Georgia. Thank you for helping to guide me in finding the true counselor within me and how to use my passion/previous life experiences to help others. Thank you! Last but not least, I want to thank Rachel Butler, LAPC for being a supportive co-worker and friend. She has helped guide me through how to run a small business. Thank you!