Laurie Johnson, MSW

Laurie is a therapist in the Youth & Families Department. She provides individual and family therapy to children and adolescents, and also works with adult individual therapy clients. Laurie received her Master of Social work (MSW) degree from Loyola University Chicago where she specialized in Mental Health. Laurie has extensive experience with advocacy and case management among diverse populations in both the legal and social services fields. However, she is most passionate about assisting individuals in achieving more effective psychosocial functioning through therapy. During her final year of graduate school, Laurie was a Trauma Therapy Intern at Resilience (formerly known as Rape Victim Advocates) where she provided individual and group therapy to survivors of sexual violence. Laurie’s therapeutic approach is trauma-informed, client-centered, and strengths-based. Since early on, Laurie has had a particular interest in working with individuals who have experienced trauma. As a therapist, Laurie utilizes Acceptance and Commitment, Cognitive Behavioral, Psychoeducational, and Mindfulness-based therapeutic models to help alleviate clients’ trauma-related distress and improve their daily functioning. Laurie is 40-hour certified in both domestic violence advocacy (2015) and sexual assault crisis intervention (2016) in the state of Illinois.