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Meet The Therapist

Sarah Souder Johnson

Therapy is a process of exploration, development, and, sometimes, great change. I am honored to walk with individuals who enter into a therapeutic relationship with me as they grow into more aware and confident versions of themselves. My primary client base is adolescents and young adults. As a former middle and high school music teacher and artist myself, I am drawn to working with people who have creative personalities. Therapy can help them better understand how they see the world and how the world responds to them. I also enjoy working with college students as they move through one of the most dynamic periods of life; it is not easy keeping up with academics, social life, work, family, and other demands while also trying to answer the question, “What am I going to do with my life?”

I see counseling as an active, collaborative process. The nitty gritty of how we spend time in sessions depends on each person's specific needs and comfort level; some clients benefit from incorporating elements like movement, games, meditation, or writing while others prefer discussion. There is no right or wrong, and I aim to provide a judgment-free and inclusive setting. My clients set the pace, help define goals, and give feedback on their progress in therapy.

On days I am not at Sentier, I may be working on a project for a nonprofit organization that I co-founded called Dissonance. It allows me to merge my two areas of professional practice - mental health and music. My favorite pastime is being with my family and community of friends, and I can often be found biking, on or around the lakes, people watching, volunteering, or fixing up my house. I look forward to hearing from you.


My Educational Background

Bachelors’s Degree - St. Olaf College, Northfield MN

Master’s Degree - Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN

Post-degree training - Higher Education Management

Current Licensure - Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Board-approved clinical supervisor


Honors & Awards

City Pages People Issue 2018

Voice of Inclusion Award, Minnesota College Personnel Association

Roger F. Aubrey Northstar Award, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University


My Clinical Experience

  • Band "Family Therapy"
  • College students
  • Adolescents and teens
  • Creative personalities
  • Flow states
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse and recovery
  • Grief & Loss
  • Identity issues
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Family therapy
  • Divorce
  • Parenting teens
  • Transition and adjustment

I work with individuals across the spectrum of age, ability, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.


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