Ros Johnson is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in the greater Providence area with over 40 years of experience in family service, mental health, and private settings. She primarily works with young adults and college students, adults, couples, and seniors, and, as an out lesbian therapist, has always shown particular interest in the concerns of the LBTQIA+ community.
Ros uses psychodynamic, support, solution-focused, and process-oriented approaches in her practice, and most often works with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, LGBTQIA+ and gender identity issues, loss and grief, and trauma. She also has experience with ADHD, anger management issues, couples counseling, creative blocks, dissociative disorders, binge eating disorder, OCD, and sexual abuse and assault.
Ros has been working in the field since receiving her Master's of Clinical Social Work from the University of Louisville in 1978. She has been in private practice since 1988.
LGBTQIA+ and gender identity issues - Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Relationships - 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
Anxiety - OCD, panic attacks
Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Loss and grief - Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing he emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one
Trauma - Dealing with past sexual abuse and assault, domestic violence, PTSD
Adjustment difficulties and disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety
Private Practice, 1988 - Present
Community Counseling Center, Therapist/Clinical Social Worker, 1984 - 1988
Petersburg Counseling Services, Therapist/Clinical Social Worker, 1983 - 1984
Cranston Mental Health Center, Therapist/Clinical Social Worker, 1980-1983
Family Service of Rhode Island, Clinical Social Worker, 1979 - 1980
University of Louisville, Master's, Clinical Social Work, 1978
Albright College, BA, Social Work, 1974
"Ros is an excellent psychotherapist who specializes in time-limited psychotherapy as well as working with LGBT clients. She is warm, down to earth, and knowledgeable."- Henri Flikier, LICSW • June 2016
"Ros and I have consulted on some cases and attended conferences together. I greatly respect her clinical judgement. She has an impressive depth and breadth of knowledge related to her practice and is kind, thoughtful, and very client-centered."- Cathy Lewis, LICSW • June 2016
"I have known Ros for about thirty years. She is scrupulous about helping clients get what they want out of therapy. She is flexible and does both long and short-term therapy. Her degree of empathy is very high, and her willingness to engage deeply with her clients is a real gift."- Lee Miriam Whitman-Raymond, PhD, LICSW • June 2016
"Over the course of the year that I have utilized Ros’s counseling services, I feel as though I have fundamentally changed as a person. This is in large part due to Ros’s abilities. She has always demonstrated compassion, honesty, and practical solutions to solve difficult problems. I appreciate her ability to tell me when I need to rethink something from a different perspective, and I enjoy Ros’s use of humor to make light of situations. I am amazed by her in-depth knowledge of wide-ranging issues. I have accomplished so much personal growth thanks to Ros's guidance. Her services are transformative and I would recommend Ros to anyone."- Young professional • February 2016
"Ros Johnson is a wonderful therapist. I have been her client for the past two years, and she has helped me with my life immensely. Ros is a therapist who will tell you what she thinks, not just agree with you. I have been to a few therapists in my life, and I am so happy I found Ros to help me with my life challenges. I would highly recommend her; you will be pleased."- Anonymous client • June 2016
"For me, the most important qualities in a therapist are trust, genuineness, compassion, and sense of humor. Ros Johnson possesses all of these qualities, and she has helped me with various issues over a number of years."- Middle-aged woman • June 2016
"Ros is a great listener! She provides good, constructive feedback."- Female professional in mid-40s • June 2016