Sarah Johnson, PhD
Licensed Psychologist and Director of Child & Adolescent Services
Meet Dr. Sarah Johnson
I am a licensed clinical psychologist in Rhode Island and offer online therapy to individuals residing within the state, in addition to my in-person practice in Rhode Island. I provide individual and family therapy to children, adolescents, young adults, and adults of all ages. My areas of interest and specialization include anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem issues, relationship issues, academic and behavioral challenges, management of ADHD, and parenting difficulties. I incorporate evidence-based practices such Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI), using a warm, supportive, and nonjudgmental approach.
In addition, I conduct comprehensive clinical and psychological assessments to understand a child or individual’s strengths and weaknesses and assist with recommendations for treatments and services needed. My training in psychological and achievement testing as well as my prior work in academic setting has provided me with invaluable knowledge that informs my clinical work. I especially enjoy being able to help individuals and families who are seeking support in accessing resources within their academic or workplace environments.
I earned my Ph.D. in School Psychology at Northeastern University and received additional training during my predoctoral internship in the Newton, Massachusetts Public Schools. I completed an APA-accredited postdoctoral fellowship in Child Clinical Psychology at Brown University where I received extensive clinical training and research experience. Prior to joining PVD Psych full-time, I worked at the Bradley School at Lifespan.
I have published research on child and adolescent mental health, including dating violence, risk behaviors, and social media, in peer-reviewed journals and at national conferences. I strongly believe that research informs clinical practice.
My Approach & Philosophy
I am grateful that you are here. My focus during therapy is to build an open and trusting collaborative relationship, while helping my clients to develop strategies to cope more effectively and reach their goals. I try to create a safe, compassionate, and nonjudgmental space for my clients to feel supported and heard.
I tailor my treatment approaches while considering the context of your culture and beliefs and incorporating evidence-based practices. I would be happy to talk more and answer any questions that you might have. I look forward to getting to know you and working together!