29 Jan Brooklyn Psychologist Melissa Johnson joins the Williamsburg Therapy
Brooklyn Psychologist Dr. Melissa Johnson joins the Williamsburg Therapy Group as a full-time Licensed Psychologist. She has completed her post-doctoral training and we are thrilled to have her join our team and look forward to years of her amazing service.
Dr. Melissa Johnson is a licensed psychologist at the Williamsburg Therapy Group with six years of clinical experience, including provision of brief and long-term psychotherapy to adolescents, adults, couples and families. She has a strong clinical background and interest in treating depression, anxiety, and trauma. She enjoys working with issues of gender and sexual diversity, college student mental health, dysfunctional relationship patterns, and bi/multicultural identity issues, and is bilingual in Spanish and English.
Dr. Johnson works from a contemporary psychodynamic perspective, while integrating cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and mindfulness techniques depending on each patient’s individual needs.
She believes that the primary goal of psychotherapy is to develop a deeper understanding of oneself, including greater awareness of compulsive, automatic or problematic patterns of behaving and relating to others. She believes that it is through increased self-awareness and self-understanding that individuals gain the freedom to make changes that will allow them to experience more fulfilling lives.
Dr. Johnson’s approach to psychotherapy is relational, collaborative, active, and nonjudgmental. She believes that a safe, authentic, and trusting therapeutic relationship plays a key role in the healing, learning, and growing process and encourages open and direct feedback from her patients. She attempts to create a culture of mutual curiosity about the patient’s thoughts, beliefs, feelings, behaviors, and past experiences. Her belief is that this therapeutic process helps individuals become more aware of those “blind spots” that keep them stuck in dysfunctional and/or unfulfilling relationships, jobs, and living situations. Additionally, she encourages patients to use the therapeutic relationship as a laboratory to safely “experiment” with new ways of communicating and interacting.
Brooklyn Psychologist, Dr. Johnson, earned a MA and PsyD in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, San Francisco in 2013. Her dissertation research focused on provision of gender-affirmative psychotherapy with gender non-conforming children. She earned a BA in psychology with a minor in Critical Gender Studies at the University of California, San Diego.