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About Dr. Johnson


I hold a Master's Degree from Columbia University School of Social Work and a Doctoral Degree from the University of Tennessee College of Social Work.


My professional career in the mental health field spans over 20 years, having worked the areas of psychotherapy, social work research, clinical supervision, training and consultation, administration, program development, program evaluation, and public policy.


Area of Expertise

I specialize in working with and empowering clients who have religious trauma histories and clients who have been victims of abusive interpersonal relationships, systems of control, undue influence, cults, and coercive control. 

I am listed on the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) website as a recommended counseling provider for individuals who are recovering from spiritual abuse.

I serve as a member of ICSA's Advisory Council and as a speaker and presenter at ICSA conferences.

Forensic Social Work

I possess a certification in forensic social work and have over 20 years experience working with victims and perpetrators of physical, sexual, relationship, and spiritual abuse.

I am a speaker and presenter at the annual conferences of the National Organization of Forensic Social Workers (NOFSW). 

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Hudson Valley Social Work focuses on general mental health topics.

Outside the Ark provides information about cults and systems of control.