About Dr. Johnson
I am a graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work, with a concentration in clinical social work, and the University of Tennessee College of Social Work, with a concentration in clinical practice and leadership.
I have been involved in the mental health field for over 20 years, including the areas of psychotherapy, social work research, clinical supervision, training and consultation, administration, program development, program evaluation, agency policy, and public policy.
Based on each individual client’s needs, my preferred modalities of treatment include psychodynamic, classic CBT, Transactional Analysis, trauma-focused modalities, compassion-focused modalities, and secular mindfulness meditation.
Scope of Practice
My scope of practice includes working with adolescents and adults in individual, couples, family, and group treatment settings.
Area of Expertise
I specialize in working with and empowering clients who have religious trauma histories and clients who have been victims of 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 of experience working with juvenile offenders. I am a graduate of FEMA National Fire Academy, having received a certification in Youth Firesetting Prevention and Intervention.
I conduct mental health assessments and forensic risk assessments in sexually harmful behavior and fire setting for the juvenile population.
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, and Outside the Ark provides information about cults and systems of control.