KARINE JOHNSTON, LICSW, CCA - Holistic Psychotherapy. Ayurveda. Aromatherapy.
About Karine 

Karine is a licensed psychotherapist (LICSW) in private practice with specialty training in individual, marriage and family therapy; as well as systems work, group therapy and trauma recovery. She holds graduate degrees in Psychology, Social Work,  and Family Life Education, and certifications in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management). She is committed to a holistic perspective on healing.
Karine has 22 years of experience as a therapist in various settings with varied populations. She has worked in psychiatric hospitals both in and outpatient where she researched and treated illnesses such as Schizophrenia and Alzheimer's Disease; she has worked in child and adolescent psychiatric clinics where she treated ADHD and PTSD in youths. She also worked with the frail elderly where she experienced end-of-life issues as well as caregiving issues; she's worked in community family clinics where she honed her skills as a systemic family therapist and delved into communication and relational issues including emotional abuse, divorce and reconstituted family issues; she has extensive experience with trauma victims throughout the lifespan (rape and sexual abuse, physical and/or emotional abuse, domestic violence, medical abuse, and other crimes). She has worked in school settings with disadvantaged youths with behavioral and emotional concerns; and she has also worked with first responders (military, policemen/women, firemen and EMTs) alongside her beloved K-9 Mika offering stress relief to first responders at crises and disaster sites  (fires, school shootings, terrorism attacks).

From an early age, Karine had high hopes of becoming an Engineer in the Canadian army. She was trained as an Officer-cadet in the Canadian army until an unfortunate accident ended her career. Though she was seriously hurt, she looks upon this experience as a growing experience, one that allowed her to learn much about herself, the world, as well as her true life purpose.
These days you'll often find Napoleon, the resident therapy dog, in session along side Karine. Affectionately called "Popo", this little therapist has quickly become a favorite of many clients. Some come just to get a hug from Popo!

Karine is truly at home in various settings and is invested in treating people traditionally and holistically by helping to stimulate a greater awareness of one’s inner life and unifying the bridge that connects body, mind, and spirit. This is why she has studied Aromatherapy, Ayurvedic Medicine, Yoga Philosophy (she is a yoga instructor), Shamanism, Sufi Mysticism, and Holistic Care for People and Pets beyond her traditional studies in psychotherapy (which include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Couple's Therapy). 

Karine practices  alternative modalities to help re-balance the self. These include: ayurveda, yoga, meditation, homeopathy, herbs, general nutrition, aromatherapy, and flower essences. She often refers clients to acupuncture, massage, chiropractic and to nutritional counseling for help in achieving this balance.

Karine is a Certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Instructor through the Chopra Center University. Ayurveda is the oldest medical system in the world and seeks to harmonize our minds, bodies and souls for optimal health and life fulfillment. It is a complete and profound system, and as Karine likes to say "It will change your life"! She looks forward to helping others discover their mind-body type and recommend ayurvedic natural healing tools to balance and prevent illness.Please see "Ayurveda" page for more info.

Being a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, Karine offers to her clients Holistic Aromalogy, an essential oil products line to treat body, mind, and soul. Please see "Essential Oils" page for more info.


Karine is committed to a holistic perspective. She would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and offer you the most compassionate service in the psychotherapy field today (see below for location, and insurances accepted).
Heritage Mall
inside DeFalco Chiropractic Office
567 Southbridge St
Auburn, MA 01501
Hours: Mon-Thurs 10AM-6PM                
Insurances Accepted:                     
Medicare (non-MassHealth)
United Behavioral Health
HP (some plans)
Value Options

Please call your insurance to ensure Karine is an "in-network" provider on your plan.
Be well. Be uplifted!