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Susan "Shayce" Johnston, M.Ed., Ed.S.

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern IMH22063

Registered Marriage & Family Therapist Intern IMT3641


  • Ph.D., Counseling and Counselor Education

       (CACREP) - University of Florida (2021 - 2024)

  • Education Specialist in Marriage and Family Therapy (CACREP) - University of Florida

  • Master of Education in Marriage and Family Therapy (CACREP) - University of Florida 

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - University of Florida  


  • Therapeutic Game Master Certification – Completed 2022, Trained in use of D&D and RPGs in counseling settings


Specialized training areas:

  • Community Counseling, Suicide Prevention, Marriage and Family Therapy, Career Counseling, LGBTQA+ Counseling, Martial Arts in Therapy, Equine-Assisted Therapy, Sports Performance Mindset


I especially enjoy working with children, families, seniors, and athletes. I have extensive teaching experience and have worked with students from preschool to college age. I have lived experience with illness and loss within the family and understand how challenging it can be to navigate life transitions or be a caregiver.


Equestrians and athletes hold a special place in my heart, as well as a place of interest in my doctoral research. I have participated in sports most of my life. I've experienced wins and losses, as well as injuries and recoveries. I know what it's like to transition to another stage or phase of competition and the frustration and sadness that comes with the inability to compete. I have followed horse racing and equestrian sports since childhood. I understand the passion and love that draws people to work with horses and the pain and grief that comes from loss or with transitioning to a new career or role.  

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