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Dr. Kimberly Johnson, PhD, LMHC, DAAETS, CCFT, CCFE

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Diplomate - American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress

Certified Compassion Fatigue Therapist

Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator

Dr. Johnson is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has worked in the clinical field since 1995. Grounded in client centered treatment, Dr. Johnson combines humanistic and cognitive theory into her therapy practice. Throughout her career, Dr. Johnson has worked in a number of interesting and varied positions; including as a therapist at a school for the Deaf in Costa Rica, as a social worker in a foster care agency in California, and as the Clinical Director of adult mental health, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS programs for the Deaf in New York City.


Dr. Johnson has worked with male and female clients ranging in age from 6 months to 90 years representing a wide range of cultural and religious community backgrounds. She is fluent in American Sign Language and has done the majority of her clinical work and research within the Deaf, CODA, and hard of hearing communities. Additional areas of specialization include the treatment of issues specific to women, adjustment to disability, wellness self-management, severe mental illness, trauma, compassion fatigue, loss, and infertility.


Beyond the therapy room, Dr. Johnson has provided service to the professional field as an educator, consultant and trainer. Since 2007, she has worked as an Assistant Professor in both graduate and undergraduate psychology-focused programs; specializing in the supervision of counseling interns, crisis counseling, and psychopathology education. Dr. Johnson provides specialty consultation to educational, clinical, and legal professionals, and clinical training through conferences and grand rounds. In addition, she is an avid supporter to animal rescue and the animal care community; as the proud owner of five rescued dogs, a shelter volunteer and a responder for a national animal response team. Her program Rescuer Therapy was started because of her desire to give back to those who help animals. For further information, please visit In her spare time, Dr. Johnson had taken up artistic welding, glass fusing, and gardening. 

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