Dr. Melissa Johnson
Co-Director & Licensed Psychologist
Dr. Melissa Johnson is a licensed clinical psychologist with a decade of clinical experience, including the provision of brief and long-term psychotherapy to adults and couples. She has a strong clinical background and interest in treating depression, anxiety, and trauma. She enjoys working with issues related to gender and sexual identity, loneliness, dysfunctional relationship patterns, challenges related to life transitions, fertility, pregnancy and postpartum issues, and bi/multicultural identity issues.
Dr. Johnson believes that a safe, authentic, and trusting therapeutic relationship plays a key role in the healing, learning, and growing process. Her approach to therapy is relational, collaborative, active, and nonjudgmental. She values transparency and flexibility and encourages open and direct feedback from clients.
Dr. Johnson earned a MA and PsyD in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco. Her dissertation research focused on provision of gender-affirmative psychotherapy with gender-diverse children. She earned a BA in psychology with a minor in critical gender studies at the University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Johnson can provide therapy bilingually in Spanish and English.
Dr. Philicia Rubin
Co-Director & Licensed Psychologist
Dr. Philicia Rubin is a licensed clinical psychologist with experience providing short and long-term therapy to adolescents, adults, and couples. She specializes in working with depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, and issues related to gender, sexuality, and identity. Dr. Rubin spent six of her first ten years of clinical experience in college counseling centers and particularly enjoys working with undergraduate and graduate students as they navigate this unique and challenging time in their lives.
Dr. Rubin believes that a strong, trusting therapeutic relationship is the key to a successful therapy. She approaches therapy with a warm, collaborative, and down-to-earth style and strives to create a space where her clients can feel safe to be their true, authentic, and open selves. She uses genuine curiosity, compassion and sense of humor to foster connection.
Dr. Rubin co-founded Groundwork Therapy following a longstanding position at Fordham University’s Counseling and Psychological Services, where she held roles as Group Therapy Program Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator and Supervising Psychologist. Dr. Rubin earned her PsyD in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco after receiving her MS in psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She earned her BS in psychology from the University of Florida.
Dr. Nick Jackson has experience providing short and long-term therapy to adolescents, young adults, adults, and couples. He specializes in treating mood disorders, including anxiety and depression, relationship issues, substance abuse treatment and issues related to gender, sexuality, and identity. Dr. Jackson spent his initial phase of training working with individuals struggling with substance use and abuse as well as serving the LGBTQ+ community before transitioning to college counseling centers, where he provided individual and group psychotherapy to this dynamic population. Dr. Jackson enjoys working with individuals in periods of transition at any stage of life who are seeking to find balance, insight and personal growth.
Dr. Jackson approaches therapy with the belief that creating a safe, welcoming and validating relationship is paramount and utilizes warmth, curiosity and compassion to foster this dynamic. He utilizes an open-minded, creative approach to treatment that focuses on each individual’s strengths and capacity for resilience as well as areas of growth. Dr. Jackson approaches substance use treatment from a similarly collaborative and empowerment-focused perspective, emphasizing and supporting each client’s goals as they examine their substance use and associated behaviors.
Dr. Jackson completed his PsyD in clinical psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago in 2018, after receiving his MA in applied psychology from New York University in 2012. He earned his BS in English and psychology from George Washington University.
Dr. Marissa Fruchter is a licensed clinical psychologist with experience providing short and long-term psychotherapy to adolescents, young adults, and older adults from a wide variety of backgrounds. She specializes in treating concerns related to depression, anxiety, trauma, life changes, and identity, including gender and sexuality. She enjoys helping individuals explore their relationships, including romantic, familial, and platonic. Dr. Fruchter has spent several years working with undergraduate and graduate students in university counseling centers. In this setting she has served as the trauma specialist, providing targeted treatment for survivors of sexual assault. She enjoys working with this population and strives to help survivors feel heard, safe, and empowered. Dr. Fruchter is also interested in working with artists and other individuals in creative fields, and has previously led expressive arts therapy groups.
Dr. Fruchter prioritizes building trusting and collaborative therapeutic relationships. She provides a warm and nonjudgmental environment in which individuals can feel safe and comfortable to be themselves, express the full range of their thoughts and feelings, and explore new ways of being. She is flexible in her treatment, incorporating elements from several therapy approaches in order to tailor treatment to the needs of each individual. Her treatment is influenced by psychodynamic therapy, CBT, and ACT/mindfulness-based treatments, among others.
Dr. Fruchter received her MA and PsyD in clinical psychology from the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University. She received her undergraduate degree from Tufts University, where she completed a major in clinical psychology and a minor in studio art.
Canine Support Staff
Apollo is Groundwork Therapy’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certified dog and is registered as a volunteer therapy dog with Alliance of Therapy Dogs. He is a mixed breed who was rescued from a high-kill shelter in Georgia. Apollo is present in the office on designated days of the week and attends sessions for those clients who are interested in his company. He is naturally skilled at providing emotional support, comfort, and affection. Apollo enjoys being outside, chewing on toys, and spending time with people.