Aleta Johnson is Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Providence, Rhode Island. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, cultural and identity struggles, academic concerns, post-traumatic-stress-disorder, and relationship issues. Her areas of particular clinical interest are racial and ethnic experience and identity as it impacts mental health, and she enjoys working with individuals of color, including Asians and Asian-Americans. Aleta has over 30 years of experience, 25 of which were in college mental health at Brown University's Counseling and Psychological Services.
She earned a BA in religious studies and social work at Gordon College and a Master of Social Work at Boston University, and has worked in refugee resettlement and community mental health as well.
Aleta centers on helping clients transform their daily-challenges into opportunities for strength and healing. She aims to help individuals find strength and build identity, not despite what has happened to them, but because of what has happened to them, and integrate this into a growing sense of meaning and purpose in their lives. She incorporates practices such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Family Systems, hypnotherapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, mindfulness practices, and supportive therapy to give her clients a comprehensive approach to mental health.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions
Cultural and identity issues - Transitioning from another country, state, or city; adjusting as an international student or out-of-state student
Academic concerns - Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
College mental health - Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Phobias - Providing techniques and support to overcome intense fear, anxiety, and panic related to specific triggers, such as heights or crowded spaces
Social anxiety - Therapy for individuals with social anxiety
Trauma and PTSD - Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Relationship issues - Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
ADD/ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) - Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
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Private Practice, 1989 - Present
Brown University Counseling and Psychological Services, Therapist, 1994 - Present
Community Mental Health, Practitioner, 1986 - 1989
Refugee Resettlement, 1981 - 1984
Boston University, Masters of Social Work, 1986