Mara  Johnson

Mara Johnson

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Accepting new clients for morning, afternoon, & daytime appointments in FiDi practice (updated May 26, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Work stress
  • Trauma
  • Life transitions

Professional statement

Mara Johnson is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in FiDi, Manhattan who has over 12 years of experience providing individual, couples, and family therapy. Her main focus of expertise is helping clients manage anxiety, navigate relationship issues, enhance communication, and/or assisting clients in creating a work/life balance that best works for them.

Mara has worked for many years helping clients heal from past traumatic experiences, such as childhood abuse, physical abuse, generational trauma, and medical-related trauma, including accidents and/or big surgeries. In addition, many of her clients are young adults who are unsure of what they want to with their life and consider themselves perfectionists.

Mara has a strengths-based perspective and is trained in multiple evidenced-based models that deal with, trauma, positive parenting, and self-care. When working with clients with anxiety, she primarily utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) along with gradual exposure, and body-centered work. She helps clients both learn new coping skills and explore where their thought patterns come from.

Mara provides a positive space and a warm therapeutic relationship. She is passionate about the work she does and cares about each of her clients. Outside of private practice, she is an adjunct professor at New York University. Her office is conveniently located between the Wall St. and Fulton St. subway stations. She looks forward to meeting you.

Message to clients

Therapy is a wonderful type of self-care and tool. It aids in positive changes and healing relationships. My work is about supporting clients in reaching their goals. This perspective allows clients to develop insight into the patterns of their behaviors and to learn coping skills that will help bring about resilience and positive change. I look forward to hearing from perspective clients and beginning to build a helping and supportive relationship.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Work stress - Managing overwhelming stress and expectations; increasing effective ways of restoring and maintaining emotional stability and health; addressing challenging relationships with coworkers and bosses

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

General expertise


Mara Johnson is accepting clients paying listed fees or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • United Healthcare
  • FIT Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $150
  • Initial session: $150 (45min)

Therapist's note

Mara can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

FiDi practice

115 Broadway

Suite 1800,

New York, NY 10006

  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 9:00am-1:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-1:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-1:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-1:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2018 - Present
New York University, Adjunct Professor, 2018 - Present
Comprehensive Counseling, 2016 - Present
NY Foundling, 2011 - 2016
Vera Institute of Justice, 2008 - 2011


  • English

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