Ian Johnson, MSW, LICSW
Most people come to therapy hoping to experience more joy, freedom, peace and connection in their lives. As your therapist, it will be my ongoing goal to create a space where you can express yourself freely, and to collaborate with you in taking new approaches to what’s causing suffering. I’m committed to being compassionate, curious, and transparent in our work. Therapy can be about both product and process— a place where we can efficiently address the problems of the present, while simultaneously building your life through deep inquiry about your past, inner world, and ways of relating. Growth and learning is possible at any stage of life, in any body, with any set of abilities, and we will focus on enhancing the conditions in your environment and within yourself to do so. Your treatment will be tailored to your individual goals.
I work with adults of all ages and specialize in work with clients who are middle-aged and older. This work often includes major life changes such as retirement, changes in one's family structure, the joys and stresses of caregiving, changes in health and ability, the loss of a loved one, addressing long-term habits or patterns that aren’t working anymore, feelings of guilt, worry, or regret, and those “big” questions about memory, legacy, identity, and meaning. I also have experience working with people who have experienced trauma, specifically those who have experienced physical injury or accidents, and those who have experienced forced separation from their home environments.
I graduated in 2011 with an MSW from CUNY Hunter in New York City and have a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology & Gender Studies from Ithaca College. I am currently working toward a Ph.D. in social work, and conduct research in aging, disability, and experiences of houselessness. I also have certifications in social therapy, a method for group and short-term therapy, and in Vibrant Breath, an embodied practice to release trauma through Kundalini breath and acupressure techniques. I have also engaged in psychoanalytic supervision. Exploring many modalities of healing helps me be holistic and client-centered—we will have many tools at our disposal in our work together, including the ones you bring with you!