Karli Johonnot PsyD
Dr. Karli Johonnot is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in both California and North Carolina with specialized training in DBT, PCIT, and trauma psychology. Dr. Johonnot obtained her bachelor’s and first master’s degrees from Duke University and graduated from the University of Hartford’s PsyD program in 2021. Over the years, she has worked in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, community mental health agencies, and private practice. She has years of experience providing psychological assessment with a particular emphasis on personality and projective measures. She also has worked within the emergency department, providing crisis and risk evaluations.
Dr. Johonnot has extensive experience providing trauma-informed care and working with individuals with trauma histories. Her dissertation provided a systemic overview of complex trauma and its impact on the brain, body, and psychosocial functioning, while integrating the resilience literature to highlight that hope is not lost for those who have experienced trauma, and that negative experiences can be overcome. Her past research has also focused on autonomic functioning and trauma, the polyvagal theory, and attachment. Another area of Dr. Johonnot’s expertise includes working with those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community. Dr. Johonnot loves to teach others about sexuality, gender, and diversity and has spear-headed both LGBTQ+ support and psychoeducation groups as well as agency-level LGBTQ+ advocacy and training committees. She also has extensive experience serving veterans and conducts disability/pension exams outside of DBTOC. She further is an Adjunct Faculty at Pepperdine University and works in their master’s level Psychology Graduate Program wherein she has taught classes including Human Sexuality and Intimacy and Clinical Practicum.
Dr. Johonnot was first introduced to DBT when working at a long-term adolescent inpatient hospital and has been integrating its elements into her work ever since. Her favorite components of DBT include its biosocial approach to conceptualization, dialectic nature, TIPP skills, and Wise Mind/mindfulness concepts as these have been invaluable in helping her clients thrive and overcome their challenges. Dr. Johonnot is passionate about helping those live a Life Worth Living and looks forward to working together with clients to help them learn effective skills, mindfulness, and how to enhance resilience to improve their overall quality of life.