Mami Masuda, MA, LMHC
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). I work with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. I have received a master’s degree in Existential-Phenomenological Psychology from Seattle University. My bachelor’s degree is also in Psychology from Seattle University.
I have over 10 years of experience working in the field of mental health. My past experience includes providing mental health services at school, outpatient, and inpatient settings. I have provided individual and parent-child psychotherapy as well as outreach services to children, adolescents, and families including adults with disabilities. Currently, I am working with children and their families who are struggling with weight issues and provide weekly family and group treatment sessions at a clinic setting.
My areas of focus include: anxiety, depression, mood regulation, self-esteem, life transition, relationship, family, parenting, attachment, and behavioral issues. My special interest is in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health as well as behavioral and family support for children between the ages of 3 and 13 who are affected by prenatal alcohol exposure.
My treatment approach is based on creating a trusting therapeutic relationship in a safe and non-judgmental environment. We will work together to explore the experiences that can sometimes be difficult to face on your own. I believe that establishing a compassionate and genuine presence provides you with strengths to look inward so that you can reflect on your own experiences, which would in turn, allow you to make necessary changes in your life. I work toward helping to increase your tolerance for what may seem to be overwhelming and perhaps confusing life situations. Therapeutic processes can be facilitated by creating room for feelings and thoughts, sorting them out, and coming to some kind of understanding of the experiences which are in the present and may be related to the past. The acquired wisdom can help to increase self-awareness, develop coping skills, and bring a sense of empowerment for the future.
I was born and raised in a rural area of Japan. What inspired me to study Psychology was to better understand the struggles I’ve had in life. I believe that my life experiences became instrumental in increasing my sensitivity to clients’ needs and improving my ability to connect with clients in a meaningful way.
In my free time I play racquetball competitively. It is interesting how much I can learn from it through the support of a great coach. It is sometimes scary to stand alone on a court without knowing what will happen in the game ahead. Thinking too much ahead of time or being distracted by what happened in the past doesn’t help me play very well. However, focusing on each present moment and trusting the self with positive attitudes and ideal images allow me to perform at my best. I enjoy this concrete way of learning which can be a good model for therapy and for life.
* I provide services in both English and Japanese.