Therapy for Children, Adults, & Families
    Mimi Ogasawara, MA, LMHC, IMH-E® (III)    Therapist in Renton, WA

My Approach to Therapy

My treatment approach is based on over 12 years of clinical experience and training in the behavioral health field. Guided by my client’s needs and issues, I use a variety of therapeutic orientations to work with children, adults, and families. Regardless of the client’s age, I value the importance of the client(s)-therapist relationship as a crucial factor in treatment and in bringing about positive changes in their lives. Thus, I engage in a relationship-based approach. My role as a therapist is to assist you to have a safe and supportive environment to explore your issues without feeling judged, to identify your goals, and to help you develop the tools/skills to deal with challenges and to achieve your goals. I also take culture into consideration while I work with diverse clients, and will utilize a culturally sensitive approach. I am bilingual with English and Japanese.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Washington             (LH 60043920). I have two masters’ degrees, a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy (2001) from Graduate School of George Fox University in Portland, OR, and a Masters in Counseling (1998) from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. For 11 years, I had worked at a community mental health agency as a Child & Family Therapist in North Seattle. I am trained in Play Therapy and Infant-Parent Psychotherapy. I received extensive training on Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with extended consultations.

I also completed a year-long intensive training on Infant Mental Health. This training was provided through the Parent-Child Assistant Program with the University of Washington in 2010. I obtained an IMH-E® (III) - Level III
Infant Mental Health Specialist endorsement from the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health in 2012.

I have attended training on Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD for adults in 2016, followed by a 6 months phone clinical consultation with a CPT expert. Cognitive Processing Therapy is an evidenced treatment for PTSD, and it is proven to be very effective in reducing PTSD symptoms in adults. I have successfully treated adults with childhood traumas, accidents, military traumas, sexual assaults, traumatic grief, etc...  

I have extended experiences in working with pregnant and parenting women who struggle with substance abuse, significant traumas, mental health issues, and parenting issues. I have provided mental health therapy with mothers and children on-site at a residential chemical dependency treatment facility over 10 years.


       Educational and Training Background

Hello!  My name is Mimi Ogasawara-Whitehead. It is my pleasure to introduce you about myself. I am a Licensed Mental Health Therapist, working in Renton, conveniently located close to exits from I-405, 167, and I-5. I love working with babies and moms, kids, teens, adults, and families. Please read below to learn more about my background.


About Myself