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Kara Johansen, Psy.D.

Dr. Kara Johansen is a licensed psychologist in Oregon, Washington and Tennessee who has extensive experience in working with children, families, and women of all ages. She is specially trained in childhood trauma, disruptive behaviors, improving child-parent relationships, and perinatal care. Dr. Johansen is a willing and capable partner to schools, churches, and medical providers. 

Dr. Johansen received her MA in Counseling from Western Seminary and her PsyD from George Fox University. She completed her residency at Cherokee Health Systems in Knoxville, TN, where she worked with children, adolescents, and families in integrated primary care. Dr. Johansen is board certified in clinical psychology.

Throughout her education, training, and work, Dr. Johansen’s focus has been on serving children and their families. Prior to returning to Oregon, Dr. Johansen worked as the Project Manager for the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody (UT-GSM COE). After returning to Oregon, Dr. Johansen worked at Providence in both a women’s and a primary care clinic.    

Dr. Johansen is a certified therapist in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). She is rostered as a clinician in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). Dr. Johansen is endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Clinician and has a certification in perinatal mental health.


Dr. Johansen is passionate about healthy relationships. She values communication and honesty and enjoys learning from both patients and colleagues. She takes every opportunity to be outdoors and relishes sunshine. She appreciates good coffee and being with family and friends. Her children, husband and church community have taught her the value of relationships and the incredible gift of faithfulness.

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