Sarah Souder Johnson


Therapy is an active process of exploration and development where clients can become more aware of their emotional experiences and behavioral patterns. Understanding how we feel in our bodies, what we think, and why we do what we do builds confidence that is necessary for individual change, even when it is scary. Therapy can also be a tool for collective healing and social justice. Sarah’s counseling style is both supportive and direct with emphasis on building trusting therapeutic relationships. She likes to incorporate walking and nature, humor, and other specific client interests into session time.

Sarah primarily serves adolescents and young adults, people moving through the most dynamic periods of development. It is not easy keeping up with academics, social life, work, family, and other demands while also trying to answer the question: “Who am I?” Sarah is comfortable working with new parents as well as those who are supporting emerging adult children while experiencing their own big midlife questions. Clients often see Sarah for help with anxiety, skill building for AD(H)D, and various areas of executive functioning. Sarah also loves working with artists and entrepreneurs to better understand wellness in the context of multiple jobs, gigging, or a touring lifestyle and even offers Band Family Therapy.

Sarah co-founded and runs a nonprofit organization called Dissonance that supports mental health and recovery in the creative community. As a former teacher and higher education administrator, she frequently consults and speaks on group dynamics and wellness in organizational and academic settings. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys traveling and planning future trips, new restaurants, getting outdoors, house projects, going to shows and making music with friends, and supporting her kids in their own educational and extracurricular interests.

Educational Background

  • Master of Education, Human Development Counseling – Vanderbilt University
  • Bachelor of Music, Music Education – St. Olaf College



  • LPCC MN #865
  • Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy Board Approved Supervisor
  • Licensed School Counselor (inactive)

Postgraduate Training

  • SPACE Treatment: Supportive Parenting for Child Anxiety and OCD – trained
  • Brainspotting for trauma processing – Level 1
  • Higher Education Management certification, Peabody College

Professional Acknowledgments

  • Voice of Inclusion Award, MN College Personnel Association
  • Roger Aubrey Northstar Award, Peabody College, for the person most likely to change the field of counseling.
  • City Pages People Issue feature for work with mental health in our community, 2018

Services Offered

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Workshops
  • Parent consultation
  • Band Family Therapy with arts ensembles
  • Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) treatment with families
  • Brainspotting for trauma processing
  • Clinical supervision for therapists

Clinical Specialities

  • Anxiety/Depression
  • AD(H)D/Executive functioning
  • Grief and loss
  • Creative careers
  • Flow states
  • Identity development/Life transitions
  • LGBTQIA+ support
  • Changing relationships
  • Parenting

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Sarah works with individuals across the spectrum of age, race, gender, ability, and sexual orientation.

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