“It is an honor for people to share their life with me – the good things, the hard things, and the sad things,” says Kara Johansen, PsyD. “What a gift it is, to walk alongside people – whether through hard circumstances or life changes – and have them trust me with their stories.” Dr. Johansen values collaboration with patients and colleagues alike. She loves learning from patients and values communication and honesty. She is passionate about healthy relationships. She says, “It is within relationships that we all get our start. The first relationship between a mom and baby should be prioritized. From beginning to end, relationships sustain us.” As a psychologist, she aims to foster a nurturing environment where healthy relationships can grow, allowing both infants and their caregivers to bloom. “I am awed by each new life and the women who are entrusted to care for them. Babies don’t grow and develop without the love and attention of their caregivers. Motherhood is such a serious and a beautiful responsibility.” Throughout her education and practice, she maintained a focus on child development. “I learned how amazing attachment and development are. I realized how valuable caregivers are in helping kids grow and develop – that is why I start with moms; they’re the ones who first nourish, hold, and support their child’s growth and development. It’s exciting to help prepare mamas for babies and lay the foundation for a life of healthy growth and development.” Prior to joining Providence, Dr. Johansen practiced at a clinic in Tennessee where she advocated for and helped create wellness appointments that addressed the health and well-being of caregivers and their babies. In this program, she worked with parents and children together after the birth of their baby. “The need arose because moms could not access services for postpartum depression,” she shares. “I wanted to find a way to help caregivers be successful for themselves and their babies. These combined appointments made it possible for moms to get the care they needed.” Dr. Johansen grew up in Oregon and returned home after living in Tennessee for over a decade. “I came to Providence specifically because of the mission. Caring for everyone and being compassionate, meeting people where they are, revealing God’s love for all – that whole piece of it fits with who I am professionally and personally.” She loves being outdoors and relishes sunshine, but she doesn’t let rain keep her indoors. In her spare time, Dr. Johansen enjoys knitting, walking, riding bikes with her children, reading, cooking, and swimming. She appreciates good coffee and is passionate about learning and getting to know people. Family is very important to Dr. Johansen. She is grateful for her precious children and husband.
George Fox University 2009
Cherokee Health Systems 2009
Cherokee Health Systems 2010
American Psychological Association
American Psychological Association, Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology