Ros  Johnson

Ros Johnson

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Not accepting new clients in Pawtucket practice (updated July 02, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • LGBTQIA+ and gender identity issues
  • Relationships
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loss and grief
  • Trauma
  • Adjustment difficulties and disorders

Professional statement

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.

Message to clients

I look forward to you contacting me regarding whatever's on your mind. Whether it's something you want to address in a few sessions--or even just one!--or it's issues you need to examine longer-term and in more depth, I'm interested. My aim is to provide a safe and nonjudgmental space in which you can talk about anything at all and in which I can help you focus on your strengths and the possibilities for change. With over 40 years of experience with a diverse population, I'm able to address a wide variety of issues with the individuals and couples who see me.


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

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $125 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $125 (50min)


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Pawtucket practice

100 Lafayette Street

Pawtucket, RI 02860

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Work and Education

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


  • English

Professional endorsements

Henri Flikier, LICSW

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.

Cathy Lewis, LICSW

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.

Lee Miriam Whitman-Raymond, PhD, LICSW

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.

Client testimonials

Young professional

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.

Anonymous client

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.

Middle-aged woman

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.

Female professional in mid-40s

Ros is a great listener! She provides good, constructive feedback.