Biography

Jikesha Benton-Johnson, PSYD
Psychologist
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My name is Jikesha Benton-Johnson but I am commonly referred to as Dr. Benton. I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Georgia with 17 years of psychotherapy and psychological assessment experience.

I received my Doctorate in Psychology (PsyD) degree from Georgia School of Professional Psychology in 2008. I obtained a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Community-Clinical Psychology in 2003 from Norfolk State University. I graduated from the University of Louisville in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology.

Mental health recovery consists of helping clients gain hope, engage in life on their own terms, acquire personal autonomy, understand their abilities and disabilities, find meaning/purpose in life, and develop a positive sense of self. Mental health recovery is a journey not a destination; a journey that may include both setbacks and successes. To help clients navigate their recovery journey, I use integrative psychotherapy. Integrative psychotherapy consists of combining complementary theories from various treatment modalities to meet treatment goals. I have been trained to effectively deliver the following treatment modalities: Psychoeducation, Reality Therapy, Activation, and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Insight-Oriented Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, Psychodynamic Theory, Supportive Therapy, Behavior Therapy, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

I believe psychotherapy should be customized to fit the lifestyle, culture, education, gender, and preferences of each client. I do not believe that just because clients have the same diagnosis that their treatment should be the same. There are an array of personality and characterological traits that different clients that influence their lives and the therapeutic process that must be addressed for psychotherapy to be effective. My therapeutic approach includes collaborating with the client to develop a treatment plan that is really conducive to their lifestyle. I believe in empowering clients to be active in their own recovery. As such, it is important for clients to be open, honest, and willing to extend psychotherapy outside of the session, which may include homework and experiential activities and being guided by the recovery model of mental health care. The recovery model is a holistic, person-centered approach to mental health care. This model is in line with my professional philosophy of assisting clients to become the best versions of themselves.

My greatest blessing is my family. My husband and I are fortunate to have two daughters and a son. In my spare time, I am a glorified taxi driver for my children, transporting them to their extracurricular activities and social engagements. However, my husband and I enjoy traveling, sporting events, and fine dining as a part of our adult time. I enjoy crafting, reading, cooking, event planning, and meditation.

Qualifications

Education & Training

Norfolk State University

Dr. Benton-Johnson earned her Master of Arts degree in Community-Clinical Psychology from Norfolk State University

Georgia School of Professional Psychology

Dr. Benton-Johnson earned her Doctorate in Psychology (PsyD) degree from Georgia School of Professional Psychology

University of Louisville

Dr. Benton-Johnson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Louisville