Amber Johnson MSW, LCSW

Amber Johnson, MSW, LCSW

Amber is a licensed clinical social worker who earned her Master of Social Work degree from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Amber has six years of experience working with children, teens, young adults and their families in a variety of settings, including residential, juvenile probation and outpatient therapy.


Prior to joining North Shore Family Services, Amber spent three years assisting families with coping with the aftermath of significant trauma, attention issues, anxiety, depression, impulsivity, life-changes and relational issues. Utilizing a person- centered approach to therapy, Amber works to empower her clients through including them in every aspect of their healing and growth. Amber’s toolbox of treatment modalities include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), strength- based approaches, Reality Therapy and Play Therapy. When working with children, Amber incorporates the parent(s) through providing psycho-education and family sessions to ensure that the whole family is on the same page. She understands that no two individuals are the same and tailors her therapeutic style to best fit the needs of her clients.


“I believe that we are all our own expert; as such, my role as a therapist is to be an assistant in the process of change. In my office you will receive empathy, compassion, and respect as we work together towards that change. ” In her spare time Amber enjoys spending time with her family and friends, painting, reading, traveling, and exploring new cuisines.