CHSS Distinguished Alumni - African and African American Studies

Xanthia Bianca Johnson
BA Biology '99; African and African American Studies Minor

Xanthia Bianca Johnson is the founder and chief executive officer of Urban Playology, LLC, a private practice in Washington, D.C., where she revolutionized the provision of psychotherapy and integrative healing for communities of color and the LGBTIQA+ community. She is a licensed clinical psychotherapist, certified yoga instructor, sound bath meditation healer, and expressive arts therapist. 
Johnson earned a bachelor’s in biology, with a minor in African American studies in 1999. Johnson holds a master’s in community counseling from Trinity Washington University and advanced clinical training in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy from the Medical College of South Carolina.  
In 1995, Johnson joined the Omicron Rho chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. In 2018, she received the Outstanding Service Award from the DC metro chapter of the Association for Play Therapy. She is a graduate of the Project 500 DC Ascend 2020 program, a Georgetown University partnered initiative of handpicked African American entrepreneurs running businesses with high growth potential. Johnson also co-founded the Compassionate Anti-racism Project, which fosters privilege leveraging change. Her 20 years of experience in trauma-informed therapy and her role as an educator demonstrate her commitment to creating equitable communities.  
Johnson was featured in Forbes for advocating a positive and fearless mindset driven by stress-to-productivity conversion. She has also been featured in The Washington Post, the popular Dreams in Drive podcast, 93.9FM Morning Show, and other outlets.  
Johnson exemplifies transformative redefinition of humanity through innovative 
approaches to healing and social change.