Well hi! I am Mal Johnson (pronoun: Mal), a radical licensed clinical social worker. For those of you who want to know who you are working with, here is a little bit about me.
I am punk-rock-goth who identifies as a genderless trans person with invisible disabilities. I am loud, funny, and empathetic. I have worked hard in life to be my authentic self and find when I am able to be truly me, I am at my happiest.
I have been a social worker for over 10 years and have been providing psychotherapy for 9 years. While I have years of working with adults and families, my focus has always been with adolescents and young adults. Over the years I have specialized in adolescent sexual health, foster care, domestic violence, human trafficking, sex work and trauma. Over my 10 years, I realized that so often the root cause of people's mental health struggles all came down to expectations from their families, cultures, and our society. I am very passionate about helping people become proud of who they are rather than living a life constantly trying to fit in the boxes of others.
I truly feel honored that I get to partner with people to help them find their strengths in creating a more authentic life. I do not take it lightly when people trust me enough to open up and share about their life with me. Because of this, I work very hard to challenge the internalized ‘isms that I have learned being raised in our society. I truly believe that in order to be a decent human and an ethical therapist that it is my job to look inwards to see how I have been complacent throughout my life in racism, transphobia, homophobia, sexism, genderism, ableism, ageism, fatphobia etc., while at the same time working hard to unlearn these harmful behaviors.
I am sex and death positive. I believe in health at every size, I am anti-diet but instead support intuitive eating. I am also pro-Palestinian.
In other parts of my life I am an activist, artist, bicycle lover, major cat lover and all around goof ball.
Image Description: A picture of Mal, a white person with bright yellow hair, smiling looking downward. Mal is wearing a black button up shirt and two necklaces. Mal has a bridge piercing on the nose and a lip piercing.
New York: 085607
BSW: University of Portland
MSW: New York University
Structural Family Therapy:
Minuchin Center for Families, NY, NY
CBT Certification: New York University
Supervision Instruction: Columbia University