Sutha Johnson, Ph.D.
Dr. Sutha Johnson is a licensed psychologist in the state of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During her predoctoral internship in psychology at West Virginia University, Sutha specialized in the treatment of chronic and acute trauma in adults using several modalities such as prolonged exposure, shame resilience, and cognitive/emotional processing. Sutha also has MA and BA degrees from the University of Connecticut-Storrs and University of Michigan, respectively. Prior to joining Arbor Psychology Group, Sutha was a psychologist working with adults in individual and group therapy at University of Michigan’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and MARI Rackham Psychological Clinic.
Through clinical experiences in various settings, Sutha has developed interest and expertise in the treatment of chronic and acute trauma in adults including childhood abuse (physical, psychological, emotional), bullying, immigration-related trauma, sexual assault or abuse, and other traumatic experiences. Assessment and treatment of generalized and social anxiety, OCD, family of origin concerns, perfectionism and self worth, eating disorders and body image concerns, ADHD, and life transitions are among other areas of interest and expertise for Sutha.
In therapy, Sutha believes in the innate humanity that connects her and her clients as individuals, which has honed her ability to closely, compassionately, and curiously listen and hear about her client’s life and lived experiences. Building trust, always keeping an open mind in sessions where clients are invited to be their whole, authentic selves, collaborating on developing therapeutic goals, capitalizing on clients’ strengths and willingness to work in therapy, and having clients’ back in the therapeutic journey are some tenets critical to Sutha’s therapeutic approach. Sometimes, Sutha uses humor to instill hope. More technically, Sutha uses an integrative approach combining psychodynamic, CBT, interpersonal process, emotion-focused, and cross-cultural approaches. When it would be beneficial for clients in achieving their therapy goals, she also draws from mindfulness, sensorimotor, DBT, and ACT approaches.