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Johanna Pule, MSW, LCSW

Understand the nature of feelings.

Children and teens sometimes feel sad, scared, angry, worried, or discouraged and they struggle with how to manage these feelings in healthy ways. They often feel socially, academically, or personally isolated or inadequate and want to understand the nature of these feelings and challenges and how to overcome them. 

I take an individualized approach with each of my clients often using creative arts, symbolism and narrative techniques to encourage the expression of feelings. I am especially skilled at working with adolescents who have had trouble trusting other adults, have had traumatic experiences or have been in the foster care system. I provide guidance and support while the child or adolescent begins to improve self-awareness, discover individual strengths, increase self-confidence and cope with life stressors. If we can talk about our problems, we can begin to heal and live our best life.

Education & Certifications

  • BA in Social Work, University of North Texas, 2001
  • Master of Science in Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, 2005
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas (License #53163)
  • Board Approved Clinical Supervisor
  • Society of Social Work Leadership in Health Care

Experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker with over 15 years’ experience working with children, adolescents and families in a variety of settings. My background has included working with individuals who are experiencing suicidal ideation, self-harm, aggression, impulse control and difficult family dynamics. Prior to working in this position, I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and as an investigator at child protective services.

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