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Masa is originally from Japan, so he speaks English and Japanese. He came to the US in 1995. He has been working in mental health and addiction field since 1998 in a variety of settings such as hospital, treatment centers, and outpatient clinics.
His approach is laid back and utilizes sense of humor and everyday language. He adjusts and integrates different therapeutic modalities holistically. He is supportive while he encourages clients for growth. He is aware that it is difficult to change while it is often required to make changes for individual and family wellness. He can be direct with so called “tough love” while he is collaborative. He believes that recovery in MH/addiction/family issues requires growth, maturity, and accountability of the person who wants to get better.
He is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC), licensed drug and alcohol counselor (LADC), certified EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapist, certified clinical trauma professional (CCTP) level 1 & 2, certified clinical anxiety treatment professional (CCATP), certified autism spectrum disorder clinical specialist (CASDCS), ADHD-certified clinical service provider (CCSP), and registered play therapist (RPT). He utilizes animal assisted psychotherapy (AAP) when appropriate.
He received Ed.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from MSU Mankato, MS in Counseling from SCSU, BS in Applied Psychology from SCSU, and BE in IC from SU.
He worked in different settings such as hospital, residential treatment, clinics, and universities, but there were a lot of restrictions, obstacles, and interferences to the provision of clinical services. This led to his current private practice.
Dot is adopted from humane society. She is 11 years old. She can be shy, but gentile, friendly, and goofy.
Maggie is also adopted from humane society. She is 4 years old. She is hyper, funny, and smart.
At Center for Family and Mental Health, we're here for assessment, diagnosis, treatment and ongoing wellness for you and your families. The first meeting is often an overall health assessment that is more structured while collaborative . You will be more on the driver's seat and focus on what you want to address from the second meeting on.
Therapy can be hard. Change is hard. In therapy, you may feel worse before it gets better since you may have to face and work through your difficulty before the healing begins. Your health and life can get better.
For therapy to work, clients need to feel comfortable and safe with the therapist. You also need to be able to trust your therapist since your therapist will be your guide or company in your therapeutic journey. A good therapist will understand, support, encourage you while the therapist may push/challenge you to improve. In a few meeting
For therapy to work, clients need to feel comfortable and safe with the therapist. You also need to be able to trust your therapist since your therapist will be your guide or company in your therapeutic journey. A good therapist will understand, support, encourage you while the therapist may push/challenge you to improve. In a few meeting, you should be able to see the fit with your therapist. You may need to shop around if it is not a good fit.