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Emily Embers, MSW

Emily is the Intake Coordinator for Okinawa and processes all of the referrals from our local and military community. Emily is a southern California native currently residing in Okinawa Japan. Emily started her social work career as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault with the Center for Community Solutions in San […]

Nami Matsumura

Nami is a licensed mental health clinician through the state of Massachusetts as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor through NBCC. She was born and raised in Fukuoka, Japan. Then, she moved to the U.S.A. for higher education. She has a master’s degree in Counseling from the University of […]

Cole Garrett

Cole joined TELL in 2022 and is responsible for TELL’s corporate services, including the TELL Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and workplace mental health education and training. Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Cole has been living and working in Japan since 2012. Cole has over 10 years of experience in strategic communications, corporate affairs, and public policy, […]

Ciera Thomas 

Ciera was born and raised in the United States. She moved to Okinawa a year ago; this is her first time living abroad. She attends a university in the United States and plans to finish her bachelor’s degree in Law. Before joining TELL, she worked for a non-profit organization that helped low-income populations receive assistance […]

Michelline “Mikkie” Turnbow, MSW

Mikkie is a Registered Social Work Intern from the state of Florida, seeking independent licensure. Mikkie was born in Nebraska; however, lived most of her formative years in Florida before moving to various places due to the job placements of her active duty spouse. Mikkie received her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and has […]

Jack Shaw, Ph.D. Media Design

A long-term Tokyo resident, Jack comes to the role of Outreach Coordinator with over 15 years of brand strategy and marketing experience. After his time in the private/corporate sector, he enjoys using his depth of knowledge to support the TELL mission through community outreach and advocating for mental health awareness in Japan, particularly among underserved […]

Amanda Cox

Ms. Cox is a bilingual English and Spanish psychotherapist. A native of Guatemala, she is a naturalized U.S. citizen and a California Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist.  She received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from National University in San Diego, California.  Before joining TELL counseling she worked with Mental Health America of San Diego in Mental […]


Hana was born in Tokyo, Japan but raised in Zambia, Uruguay, Tonga and Nepal.  She first worked for TELL as an intern for six months before getting accepted for a full-time position. After graduating from an international school in Nepal, she attended Temple University Japan Campus and received a degree in Psychological Studies. She enjoys cooking […]

Sheila Marczak, PhD, LMFT

Dr. Sheila is a Marital and Family Therapist (LMFT) licensed in the State of Tennesseewith over 10 years of clinical experience and over 4 years of teaching higher education. Sheholds a Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has experience working with women, men, children, couples, and families. […]