December 2018

Katie Johntz, LCSW

Katie Johntz, LCSW

Psychotherapy: Children, Adults, Parenting​​

406 15th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11215


Tell us about your practice.

People seek me out for therapy for all kinds of reasons. Anxiety or sadness. Grief, divorce or chronic illness. Some are tearful or angry—lonely. Some can’t get out of bed in the morning. Some are overwhelmed by organizational tasks--getting out the door to work. Some struggle to find or keep a job--one they care about. One of the kinds of clients I’m most moved by are those who long for an enthusiasm they once had--or for a partner or companion who feels like home. Sometimes they’re hoping to find that sense of home within themselves. With extensive experience both with children and adults, my work is influenced by a strong awareness of how the arc of development affects us all. I’ve spent 30 years’ steeped in work with children in various therapeutic contexts including 10 years in the public schools. I conceive of each person who walks in my office—and of myself—as an ever-evolving accumulation of years and experience. The tools I use are broadly psycho-dynamic, emphasizing insight and the healing power of the relationship between us. In the end, though, I use what works. Whatever someone walks in the door with--however we greet each other--that's where we'll begin. In work with children I use play and always work closely with parents. In work with parents, I provide both concrete parenting guidance, and also emotional support for the sometimes overwhelming, change-of-life experience of becoming and being a parent.

I also specialize in helping those who have survived a loss through suicide. With patience, I help to relieve the unbelievable, complex grief that follows this loss.

What made you decide to open your own business?

While I miss the sense of community and group problem-solving in clinic settings I’ve been in, I eventually felt that I wasn’t able to do my very best work—wasn’t able to serve my clients responsibly—when I didn’t have complete authority over how I would care for patients. I believe the increasing restrictions of the healthcare system limited what I was able to provide even for people of very limited means.

What has been the most challenging aspect of building your business?

Self-confidence. To put present myself confidently as someone with a valuable skill—shaking hands and memorizing names and dreaming up what to say—is certainly the most challenging part of private practice for me.

What has been the most rewarding part of building your business?

Hands down, it’s the moment when I get to see someone discover pride in themselves for the first time in a place that they never expected. That little thrill when you can see them surprise themselves with it.

How has Private Practice Studio helped you in achieving your business goals?

I met with Liz several times privately and found her tremendously helpful. She is calm, supportive, empathic, and non-judgmental. Also refreshingly non-perfectionistic. Most helpful for me were her concrete suggestions for running a practice. Liz was quite generous in sharing her systems for practical tasks—record-keeping, billing, scheduling. They continue to serve as a friendly anchor in my practice as I move forward.

Katie Johntz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker

practicing in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

She works predominately with children, parents, and families.