Karen Johnson


Karen Johnson


Professions: Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C)
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • APS Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • ValueOptions


10632 Little Patuxent Parkway, Ste. 313
Columbia, Maryland 21044

My Approach to Helping

I am a good listener and always give a person's goals priority. I have a gentle touch and have been known to share a laugh on occasion. I have a strength-based approach, allowing an individual to feel competent and in control. I have provided therapeutic support to children, teens, young adults, families, and couples for 29 years.

For your child with educational, social-emotional, or behavioral issues, I will provide a "second set of eyes" to help us understand what your child is experiencing and the best possible solutions. I provide play therapy and sand play for young children. I can help you to become the parent you would like to be. My training and experience allows me to identify and support persons with childhood developmental issues like ADHD, Aspergers Disorder, and high-functioning autism, with an emphasis on improving a person's social and communication skills.

As an adult, you may want to enjoy your relationships, manage your family responsibilities, and improve your effectiveness at work. I will help you identify mental health issues or distractions that interfere with your success. You may have challenges like life-career balance, blended families, or families who would like to communicate better. I provide Marriage and Couples Therapy, including pre-marital counseling. I diagnose and provide support for mental health conditions such as Depression, Anxiety, and Bipolar.

More Info About My Practice

I have hours during the day, evenings, and on Saturday. My office is handicapped accessible and is near a bus line. I accept Aetna, Carefirst, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Cigna, Magellan, APS, Medicaid, and Medicare. I am an EAP provider, accept self-pay, and have a sliding scale. I accept cash, checks, and credit cards.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I specialize in working with children, teens, and young adults in transition. I can identify and help individuals with Asperger's and high-functioning autism improve their communication and social skills and help prepare them for the world of volunteering and/or the workforce. I provide diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues, including ADHD, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and Anxiety. I provide Family Therapy and Marital and Couples Therapy.

Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance

Therapists and their clients often talk of being a "good match", being "in sync with", "getting" the other, or being "in tune". They are phrases that describe the quality of the relationship between you and your therapist. Studies show that a good client-therapist alliance is a positive indicator of having a successful therapeutic outcome. So if you have concerns about whether the therapist is a "good match" after a few sessions, definitely address this with your therapist.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Consultation

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Parenting
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Esteem
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Couple Therapy (CCT)
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Parent Work
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Play Therapy
  • Relationship Enhancement Therapy
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

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