Laurie Johnson, MSW, LSW

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. Currently, Laurie co-facilitates a biweekly Sibshops group consisting of youth in 1st through 7th grade. Laurie is a Licensed Social Worker with a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Loyola University Chicago. 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 primarily utilizes Acceptance and Commitment, Cognitive Behavioral, Psycho-educational, and Mindfulness-based therapeutic models to help alleviate clients’ trauma-related distress and improve their daily functioning. However, she will draw from other therapeutic models in order to meet the individual needs and goals of the client. Laurie has extensive experience with: trauma and PTSD, anxiety, coping skills, depression, domestic violence, grief, life transitions, relationship issues, self-esteem, sexual abuse, stress, suicidal ideation, and women’s issues. Laurie is 40-hour certified in both domestic violence advocacy (2015) and sexual assault crisis intervention (2016) in the state of Illinois.