Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in the State of Illinois

Hello!  My name is Paola Johnson, LSW (she / her / hers).  I am a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in the State of Illinois.  I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) in Social Work from Evangel University in 2015 and went on to receive my Masters of Science degree (M.S.W.) in Social Work from Dominican University in 2017.

My professional experience spans several years and includes work with a wide variety of clients including young children, adolescents, adults, and families.  I have gained invaluable experience working in many different roles as a mental health professional having worked in child protective services and most recently working as a bilingual case manager specialist for a social service agency in Chicago.  Throughout my career, I have served as a tireless advocate for immigrant groups, refugees, and people of color in my home states of California and Illinois.  I’ve had the honor to assist my clients in overcoming generational traumas, have provided education and training on the importance of mental health and emotional well-being, and have offered a safe space where my clients can be heard, understood, and empowered.  As a multicultural, bilingual Spanish-fluent therapist, I have expertise in treating a wide array of presenting problems including anxiety, depression, anger issues, life transitions, domestic violence, sexual abuse, childhood trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, family conflicts, troubled teens, behavioral issues in children, relationships issues, gender identity issues, and grief/loss.

My therapeutic approach is always tailored to my clients’ needs and includes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, teletherapy, cultural-informed therapy, LGBTQ+ informed care and trauma-informed practice.  I provide teletherapy services for Home Psych Services, P.C. and Generations Behavioral Healthcare, P.C. using secure video teleconferencing for the comfort, convenience, added privacy, and safety of my clients.  I look forward to helping you succeed and thrive in all areas of your life!

During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family as well as taking spontaneous trips and adventures whether locally or internationally.