4 Years Exp
4 Years Exp
Welcome! My name is Alex Johnson and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with my Bachelors Degree from Oberlin College, and my Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. Working with a new therapist can be stressful - whether you have been in therapy before or not - so give yourself a pat on the back for taking care of your mental health. It takes courage to seek help and practice self-reflection, and I would be grateful to go on this journey with you. I have over four years of professional experience in various settings, including inpatient, outpatient and crisis call centers. I have helped people work through substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, acute mental illnesses, and crises. No matter the issues you are facing, I will provide you with a safe, supportive, and helpful environment to heal in.
I once had a client who came to the inpatient hospital unit and was severely depressed and felt hopeless. They did not believe that they could ever feel better or get back to normal. After several weeks of taking medications and opening up about how they were feeling, they began to feel better. By the time they were ready to leave the hospital they not only felt less alone, but they felt significantly more stable, and had hope for a brighter future.
In sessions we will tackle your current challenges and explore your past in order to gain a deeper understanding about how to improve your future. Your treatment plan will be personalized based on your needs, wants, and readiness for change.
I prefer to meet in-person for the first session so we can get to know each other faster. It can be stressful to meet with a new therapist, so the first session will not just be an opportunity for me to learn more about you, but will also be a time for you to learn more about me. We can also spend time tackling a specific issue so that you can walk away from our first session feeling like you began to make progress on the issues you are seeking help for.
I have always found fulfillment in supporting others and have benefited greatly from therapy in my own life as an adolescent. I am also passionate about destigmatizing mental illness and making mental health care more accessible.
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
We can be hardest on ourselves, so my goal is to treat you with the respect and kindness you deserve. As your therapist, I will be in your corner every step of the way - blending non judgmental compassion with clinical expertise to help you feel less alone during difficult times. It is a privilege to be a therapist, and as such I meet each of my clients with Unconditional Positive Regard so that they can continue to do the hard-work of opening up, knowing that I will never judge or belittle them. Our work together will focus on meeting your goals, and improving your day-to-day life and overall mental health. I tailor my sessions to fit each client’s needs and use as much or as little structure as is helpful to you.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Motivational Interviewing to help people develop greater insight, emotional regulation, and feel more empowered to handle life’s ups and downs. I also incorporate Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and Solution-Focused Therapy to meet a wide array of needs. It is important to me to continuously learn and only use evidence-based practices.
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
I have worked with clients in every stage of adulthood, from young adults to elder adults. Therapy can help across life’s transitions: whether you are establishing independence, gaining a deeper sense of who you are and what you value, trying to balance your sense of self with parenthood, a relationship, a career, or you are entering retirement. I have helped clients heal from past trauma, become less reliant on substances and unhelpful coping mechanisms (such as self-harm and disordered eating) and ease feelings of anxiety, depression, isolation, and grief. I strive to approach clients who have a different background than me from a place of cultural humility. I welcome clients of all races, genders, sexual orientations, gender identities, and religious backgrounds.