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Sue is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California, U.S.), a board-certified Art Therapist, and Certified Public Psychologist (公認心理師) in Japan. 

Sue strives to provide clients with safe and positive experiences with an eclectic approach including AEDP, Art Therapy, and other psychological theories. Sue served as a volunteer chaplain at the local hospice and later trained as a grief therapist during her practicum. After the graduate program, she joined the child and family guidance clinic in Southern California as a staff psychotherapist: serving individuals (ages 3-18) and their families and facilitating several ADHD art therapy groups for children. After returning to Japan, she worked as a bilingual counselor at Educational institutions and city counseling services for women. 

Targeted issues include: anxiety, depression, grief, relational issues, health issues for individuals and supporting family members, developmental challenges (ADHD, ASD, HSC, HSP), multicultural issues, intimate partner violence, traumas, life transition, Self-care, etc. Sue is comfortable providing therapy in English and Japanese languages.

Key Concepts:

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP): a type of therapy that focuses on the strength that an individual has in order to tackle “aloneness”, process experiences that cause the individual distress and pain, and guide and encourage new, positive experiences.
  • Art Therapy: a type of therapy in which a client expresses themselves through an artistic / creative medium (typically focused on one medium), which the art therapist analyzes for ways to explore emotions on a deeper level that may be hard to express verbally.
  • Family therapy: a type of therapy based on the idea that actions by each individual in a family system influences the rest of the system. Working not just with individuals but with the family unit, each member of the family is encouraged to work with one another to improve family dynamics and understand how their role in the system influences the others involved.