Hello, I am Dr. Erica Johnson. I am a licensed psychologist in Washington state and work with clients primarily in King and Snohomish counties.
I started working professionally with people with disabilities in 1993. Since 2003, I have been training and practicing as a clinical rehabilitation psychologist, in hospital, outpatient, and private settings.
I am most passionate about working with people with
neurological conditions (traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, stroke),
sensory conditions (low vision or blindness),
chronic conditions such as chronic pain and irritable bowel syndrome, or
competitive/elite athletic backgrounds
who are facing financial, social, vocational, relationship, psychological, and/or performance concerns.
I also see spouses, family members, and caregivers of people with disabilities, who are often managing ongoing grief, loss, or stress.
My approach is collaborative. I believe that a warm and respectful working relationship forms the foundation for addressing your needs. I use a variety of empirically-validated practices that have a basis in cognitive-behavioral therapy, systems theory, and self-advocacy and social justice.
I offer the following services:
Group therapy (typically with people facing the same diagnosis, challenge, or issue)
Social skills training
Psychological evaluations (primarily for vocational and therapeutic planning)
Neuropsychological evaluations (primarily for job accommodations and vocational/rehabilitation planning)
Sports psychology (individual and group consultation; cognitive evaluations)
Consultation (rehabilitation team building, disability-specific education, clinical supervision, and clinical research).
In the sections below, you will find information about my services, my professional background, and what you can expect from therapy, evaluations, and consultation. Please contact me to cover any of this information further, and to discuss your specific situation.
What to Expect: Therapy
Once you contact me, we will spend some time talking on the phone, so I can understand your concerns and get some background information. I will also talk with you about the cost of my services, how we will plan our work together, etc. Then we will schedule our first session, which will be approximately 50 minutes. I will also send you some forms to read and fill out.
During our first session, we will review your forms and I will have several questions for you. I will want to make sure you understand and are comfortable with what to expect out of therapy. I will also ask you to tell me about your concerns and how you hope I may best help you. In subsequent sessions, I will have fewer direct questions and we will spend a greater portion of our time with you talking and/or with you engaged in various behavioral techniques that I utilize.
If you are calling to enroll in one of my groups, we will discuss the focus, topic, and format of the group, and I will explain the enrollment process. All of my groups are time-limited (e.g., 1-2 hours per week for 8 weeks) and most often, my group clients are not also seen by me for individual therapy. Once we begin a group, it will meet on the same day and time. Some examples of my past groups:
Coping with life changes after blindness
Pain management strategies
Social skills training
Navigating life changes after brain injury (survivors group)
Coping with life changes after stroke (separate survivor and caregiver groups)
If you need a psychological or neuropsychological evaluation, we will spend some talking so I can understand your needs and questions. We will schedule a 2-4-hour appointment so that I can interview you and give you tests and assessments that I think will most effectively help us answer your questions.
Evaluations take 1-3 sessions, depending on the length of the appointment (up to 4 hours), the complexity of the assessment questions, and whether we need to include other people (family members, healthcare advocates, case managers, etc.).
Common evaluation scenarios involve questions over residual functional status after cognitive decline and/or neurological injury; the influence of psychological and cognitive factors on behavior (particularly vocational behavior); mental health status after injury (disability evaluations) and cognitive appraisals (baseline and ongoing monitoring) in high-risk athletics.
I will conclude my services with a written report, recommended next steps, and suggestions for additional resources as needed. Sometimes, people who see me for an evaluation come back to see me for therapy.
2006 Ph.D. Rehabilitation Psychology (University of Wisconsin)
2000 M.A. Rehabilitation Counseling (Western Washington University)
1993 B.A. Psychology (University of Puget Sound)
Current Professional Memberships
American Epilepsy Society (elected to Fellow status, 2017)
American Psychological Association
American Psychological Association, Division 22
Washington State Psychological Association
Current Professional Service
Faculty Member, American Epilepsy Society Fellowship Curriculum Task Force
Committee Member, American Epilepsy Society Professionals in Epilepsy Care
Convention Committee Member, American Psychological Association
Network Member & Rehabilitation Psychology Liaison, American Psychological Association Psychology in the Workplace Network
Chair, Washington State Psychological Association Continuing Education Committee
I have 27 years of professional experience, which I am happy to describe or summarize when we talk.
My consulting services range in scope, topic, and fee, depending on your organization’s needs.
Some examples of my recent work include:
Team and organizational functioning (ranges from improving rehabilitation service care, program evaluation, to optimizing team-based sports performance).
Clinical training and supervision (typically to master’s and doctoral-level mental health/rehabilitation providers with a disability focus).
Clinical research (all phases of design, implementation, and dissemination).
My offerings can range from single-day (or partial-day) workshops and meetings, to ongoing routine (e.g., weekly, monthly) meetings and sessions.
For further details of my areas of expertise and practice, please see my CV.
19000 33rd Ave. W. Suite 100
Lynnwood, WA 98036