Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Accepting new clients with a 2-3 week wait
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- LGBTQIA+ and gender identity issues
- Relationship challenges
- Loss and grief
- ADD / ADHD
- Anger management
- Compulsive behaviors
- Creative blocks
- Dissociative disorders
- Bing eating disorder
- Existential challenges
Ros Johnson is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in the greater Providence area with over 40 years of experience in family service, mental health, and private settings. She primarily works with young adults and college students, adults, couples, and seniors, and, as an out lesbian therapist, has always shown particular interest in the concerns of the LBTQIA+ community.
Ros uses psychodynamic, support, solution-focused, and process-oriented approaches in her practice, and most often works with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, LGBTQIA+ and gender identity issues, loss and grief, and trauma. She also has experience with ADHD, anger management issues, couples counseling, creative blocks, dissociative disorders, binge eating disorder, OCD, and sexual abuse and assault.
Ros has been working in the field since receiving her Master's of Clinical Social Work from the University of Louisville in 1978. She has been in private practice since 1988.
Anxiety – OCD, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
LGBTQIA+ and gender identity issues– Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Loss and grief – Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing he emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one
Relationships – 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
Trauma – Dealing with past sexual abuse and assault, domestic violence, PTSD
ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Anger management – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships
Compulsive behaviors – Compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
Creative blocks – Accessing inner creativity; becoming "unstuck"
Dissociative disorders – Managing disruptions in thought, perception, memory, and identity, primarily as related to traumatic events
Eating disorders – Binge eating
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Brown University Student Health Insurance
- First Health
- Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
- Johnson & Wales University
- Providence College
- United Health
- RISD Student Insurance
- URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance
- Individual sessions: $120/session (50min)
- Couples sessions: $120/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $80 - $120 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Message to clients
"I look forward to you contacting me regarding whatever's on your mind. Whether it's something you want to address in a few sessions--or even just one!--or it's issues you need to examine longer-term and in more depth, I'm interested. My aim is to provide a safe and nonjudgmental space in which you can talk about anything at all and in which I can help you focus on your strengths and the possibilities for change. With over 40 years of experience with a diverse population, I'm able to address a wide variety of issues with the individuals and couples who see me."
Possibility therapyPossibility therapy is usually brief, and emphasizes both a respectful relationship between therapist and client and obtaining the client's desired result in a short period of time. Possibility therapy is guided by validating the client's experiences, shifting perceptions of the problem, and utlizing their inner strengths in order to find the solution and determine the course of therapy.
Psychodynamic therapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Solution-focused therapySolution focused therapy is a goal-directed collaborative approach to psychotherapeutic change that is conducted through direct observation of clients' responses to a series of precisely constructed questions. (learn more)
Supportive therapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 1988 - Present
Community Counseling Center, Therapist/Clinical Social Worker, 1984 - 1988
Petersburg Counseling Services, Therapist/Clinical Social Worker, 1983 - 1984
Cranston Mental Health Center, Therapist/Clinical Social Worker, 1980-1983
Family Service of Rhode Island, Clinical Social Worker, 1979 - 1980
University of Louisville, Master's, Clinical Social Work, 1978
Albright College, BA, Social Work, 1974