Dr. Philip Jai Johnson is a Clinical Psychologist and sex therapist with the Clinic on Dupont. As a sex therapist, he has worked extensively with individuals and couples struggling with sexual and emotional intimacy difficulties (including restoring trust after an affair and negotiating open relationships), and navigating issues related to sexual and gender identity. Dr. Johnson also specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, and binge-eating disorder. Given his rigorous academic and clinic training, Dr. Johnson’s therapeutic approach involves incorporating evidence-based interventions that are tailored to the unique needs of his clients. Dr. Johnson also relies on the strength of the therapist-client relationship to facilitate meaningful change, and his clients have described him to be warm, empathic, and deeply caring.
Dr. Johnson received his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from McGill University in Montreal, and subsequently completed two postdoctoral fellowships at acclaimed institutions in the U.S. He first trained at the University of Minnesota’s Program in Human Sexuality (PHS) where he acquired over 3000 hours of rigorous training in the areas of sex and couples therapy, compulsive sexual behavior, and transgender health (adults and adolescents). He then completed a second research and clinical postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University in NYC. As a licensed psychologist in New York State, Dr. Johnson worked with low-income clients at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, and with families of transgender and gender non-conforming adolescents at the Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Johnson has published in the areas of body image, stigma and resilience, and interventions to decrease prejudicial attitudes in young children. He is often invited to speak about his clinical and research expertise, and has been featured in publications including The Huffington Post and The Globe and Mail. He is a registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, and is an active member of the Society of Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR).