Leslie Rae Johnsen MA, LLP

Clinical Employment History

Perspectives Counseling Centers
Oakland Psychological Clinic
Heron Ridge Associates,  December 2017 – present


  • Oversee all clinical and business functions of all 3 sites

Perspectives Counseling Centers, May 2001 – present
Troy, Michigan


  • Supervise average of 30-40 clinical staff therapists and clinical interns in all areas of job including staff evaluations, initial interviews/hiring, exit interviews, clinical training, clinical documentation, etc.
  • Oversee Peer Utilization Review Process and Process Improvement for clinic
  • Coordinate Program Development
  • Oversee clinic functioning and client care

Perspectives Counseling Centers, March 1998 – present
Troy, Michigan


  • Founder of the Adolescent EDGE Program
  • Member of executive board and decision making in Perspective’s functioning
  • Networking/marketing/providing services to local schools and churches
  • Facilitate Adolescent Case Consultations and Support Groups
  • Facilitate and help others to facilitate adolescent therapy groups and seminars

Perspectives of Troy Counseling Center, PC, October 1995 – present
Troy, Michigan

PSYCHOTHERAPIST – Individual, family, and group therapy

  • Therapeutic interventions utilizing cognitive, insight, reality and behavioral modalities
  • Psychological testing, including cognitive, achievement, personality, and projective measures as well as diagnosis and recommendations
  • Psychosocial assessments, treatment planning, and discharge planning

Recognized Public Speaker, 1998-current

Oakland County Community Mental Health
Pontiac, Michigan


  • Aiding adults with mental disabilities in work and leisure related activities
  • Taught new activities congruent with ability and chronological age

Clinical Training

Havenwyck Day Hospital, Auburn Hills, Michigan

  • Family therapy, group therapy, and individual therapy
  • Brief short term therapy utilizing Cognitive-Behavioral approach
  • Psychosocial assessments, treatment planning, and discharge planning
  • Psychological testing, including cognitive, achievement, personality, and projective measures as well as diagnosis and recommendations
  • Work with multi-disciplinary team and case conferences, seminars, and workshops

Adolescent Diversion Project, MSU, E. Lansing

  • Intervention with youthful offenders utilizing behavioral techniques
  • Advocate in attaining community resources

Graduate Education

University of Detroit-Mercy, GPA 4.0
MASTER OF ARTS: Clinical Psychology with specialty in Child Development

Michigan State University, GPA 3.75 last 2 years

Television & Radio Exposure

Recognized Expert on child and adolescent issues – WMUZ ; WJR , Channel 7/ABC

  • Teenage Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief and Loss as it relates to Trauma
  • Abusive Dating Relationships – Teens and Young Adults
  • Teenage Anxiety
  • Appropriate stages of Teen Development
  • Group Therapy
  • Building Self-Esteem in Your Child
  • Appropriate stages of Child Development
  • Host “Family Life Perspectives”
  • Co-hosted “Perspectives Live” (call-in talk show)

Written Exposure

Author of Articles focusing on Adolescent Issues

  • Teenage Suicide
  • Strategies for Building Self-Esteem
  • Teenage Substance Abuse

Teaching Experience

Recognized Speaker on a variety of topics

  • Self-Harm/Self-Injury (Education and Therapeutic Training)
  • Building Self-Esteem in Your Child
  • Raising Healthy Teens
  • Developmental Stages of a Child
  • S.O.S. Help for Parents (Discipline)
  • Abusive Dating Relationships (Teenagers)
  • Loving in Abusive Relationships (Adult)
  • Teenage Depression & Anxiety
  • Family Communication
  • Sex Respect (Teenagers)
  • If You Ever Needed A Friend – You Need it Now (for mothers)
  • Single Parenting
  • Stress Management in the Workplace
  • Anxiety in the Classroom
  • The Roots of Resliency

Research Experience

Graduate Research – University of Detroit-Mercy

Conducted research and evaluation on the relationship between self-esteem and physical exercise in a tenth grade population

Undergraduate Research – Michigan State University

Observed patients and collected data at Northville Psychiatric Hospital for Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Project

Recognition & Honors

Graduate – The National Honor Society in PsychologyDean’s List-University of Detroit-Mercy, Michigan State University


State of Michigan – Department of Licensing & Regulation
Limited Licensed Psychologist