SUTHA JOHNSON, PHD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Sutha Johnson is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY33108) who provides individual psychotherapy to adults. She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy (including exposure-based approaches), psychodynamic, and other evidence-based treatments for anxiety disorders, social anxiety, OCD, trauma, perfectionism, and stress.
Prior to joining CPC, Dr. Johnson was a psychologist at the University of Michigan’s Counseling and Psychological Services and MARI Rackham Psychological Clinic. In those positions, she provided insight and solution-oriented therapy to adults from diverse backgrounds with multiple competing demands and strong desire to succeed in academics and career settings.
Through training in predoctoral internship in psychology, Dr. Johnson developed interest and expertise in the treatment of trauma using multiple modalities including prolonged exposure, shame resilience, and cognitive and emotional processing. Further, her past research experiences have involved examining the role of career and work in mental wellbeing for adults. Because work and career is a life activity most people cannot opt out of and could be central to one’s identity, Dr. Johnson’s research strove to illuminate how individuals’ self confidence, aspirations, and wellbeing may be related to career preparation, satisfaction, and meaning.
IN HER OWN WORDS
“Being a therapist humbly reminds me every day that human connection and compassion are healing. I’m also reminded that as humans, we are all connected somehow and our innate humanity is worth capitalizing on. The importance I place on connecting with you and the stillness of the therapy space (without the hubbub of our otherwise chaotic, loud world) allow me listen to you closely, curiously, and compassionately. I don’t make assumptions based on what I think I know and I don’t question your values and goals. I listen and understand. As I listen and understand, I will also strive to hear if and how the intersection of socio-cultural elements may be relevant in your life.
Colleagues and clients have described that my soft, patient, tenacious and transparent approach make me unassuming and always on-board for the exploration as you get to know yourself in the present and revisit your past. You can expect me to be “in it” with you in every moment of our work together. Over time, I have learned between myself, you, and our connection in the therapy process, we got this, I have your back, and we’ll figure it out together. The collaboration between you and me is my favorite part of therapy.
When we collaborate, we’ll work on identifying, understanding, and accepting through exposure any worry, confusion, hurt, fear, anger, sadness, shame or other emotions that keep you feeling unsettled, lonely or on-edge. With insight comes the necessary part of any change, which is to help you develop new tools for coping and thriving. We’ll be sure to use your strengths and supports to keep you going on your therapy journey as we uncover what will bring contentment, compassion, and connection to your life. If the moment calls for it, we may laugh at something funny or celebrate something you achieved because in therapy and in life, those moments are real too.”