Sarah Johnson, PhD
Meet Dr. Sarah Johnson
I am a licensed psychologist in Rhode Island. My areas of interest and specialization include evidence-based treatments for anxiety, depression, and behavioral difficulties. I also have experience working with children, adolescents, and families dealing with trauma, relationship issues, and school challenges. I incorporate Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI), using a warm, supportive, and nonjudgmental approach. I also 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.
In addition to my outpatient work, I serve as a staff psychologist at a therapuetic school, where I provide clinical services and special education support to youth with emotional, behavioral, and developmental needs. In this role, I also help parents, guardians, and families to support their children’s mental health, and navigate the special education system. In therapy, I am able to utilize my knowledge of the special education system to assist 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 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.
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!