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Sandie Johnson

The importance of the parent-child relationship is central to the work that I do as a therapist. So much of life and its circumstances create roadblocks in that relationship and I am committed to helping families negotiate those hurdles. I work with the child-parent dyad when appropriate to repair and rebuild attachment and create a safe environment for them to enjoy one another again. I work with children individually using Child Directed Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Sand Tray techniques and mindfulness techniques including guided meditation and breathing. I am passionate about helping children move to the place where they can identify what they are feeling, use words to describe it, and accept the help of the adults around them to resolve it whenever possible.

Another specialty of mine is working with women who have experienced loss of some kind. Talking about miscarriage or the pain of divorce or any kind of loss can be difficult if you are expected to “have it all together.” I provide the space for women to process their grief and begin to integrate the experience of loss in order to fully heal. Women who are working, stay-at-home moms, students and even those unemployed are part of my practice.

I have 12 years experience as a school social worker and have two children who attend CPS schools. I have a familiarity with the educational system and specifically advocating for children who are exceptional learners. I have helped parents negotiate the alphabet soup of special education and understand their options.