Aleta  Johnson

Aleta Johnson

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Not accepting new clients in Providence practice (updated December 03, 2019)

Not accepting new clients in Barrington practice (updated December 03, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Cultural and identity issues
  • Academic concerns
  • College mental health
  • Phobias
  • Social anxiety
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Depression
  • Relationship issues
  • ADD/ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder)

Professional statement

Aleta Johnson is Licensed Clinical Social Worker with offices in Providence and Barrington, 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.

Message to clients

I am a fairly active therapist who gives supportive, compassionate feedback, useful strategies for symptom relief, with your goals for wellness at the center of our work. Together we will work to integrate your challenges and losses into a stronger sense of resolution, identity, balance, resilience, and equanimity, finding many of your strengths along the way.


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

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (60min)

Therapist's note

Aleta Johnson can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.


Providence practice

184 Waterman Street

Providence, RI 02906

  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Barrington practice

237 New Meadow Road

Barrington, RI 02806

  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 1989–present
Brown University Counseling and Psychological Services,Therapist, 1994–present
Refugee Resettlement, 1981–1984
Community Mental Health,Practitioner, 1986–1989

Boston University, Masters of Social Work, 1986


  • English

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