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