Get to Know Ken
I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. I came to the United States during my high school years and had lived in different states and cities over 20 years. Currently, I live in Tijuana, Mexico with my family and commute to my office in San Diego 5 days a week. I earned my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at National University in 2008 and became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 2016.
My therapeutic approach is holistic and person-centered where I promote a non-judgmental stance, genuineness and empathy. I believe that patients always have the answers within them and my job is to help them in actualizing their potential. I enjoy working with children, adolescents and adults who have the following challenges, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, grief, self harming behavior, crisis, trauma, substance use, psychosis, stress, relationship, personal growth, life transitions, cultural and spiritual issues.
My experience includes school counseling, hospice, residential program to provide crisis intervention and out patient clinic to treat severe mental illness/substance use issues. I utilize DBT, mindfulness and motivational interviewing to work with adult patients. For children and adolescents, I provide play therapy, sand tray and behavior modifications.
I emphasize the importance of integrating each patient's unique cultural experience into their treatment. Culture does not only mean patient's race and ethnicity, but also age, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, etc. I work evenings and weekends and see patients at North and Central San Diego offices. I'm fluent in English and Japanese.