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Therapist Profile

山田律子/Ritsuko Yamada

Ritsuko Yamada M.S.


  • Clinical Psychologist certified in Japan (No.18994)

  • Master’s degree in Marital Family Therapy, American Graduate School

  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Certified Therapist by Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute

After working as a psychological counselor at a counseling office in Tokyo, Ritsuko moved to the United States. She has accumulated a variety of psychological treatment trainings and clinical experiences in Japan,North America, and the UK. Specializes in marital and family therapy, and trauma treatments.


  • Trainings by Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (Level 1, 2, Dissociation, Level 3 in London) completed and certified in 2023

  • EMDR (Desensitization and reprocessing method by eye movement - PTSD treatment) Level 1&2 training completed

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Training by Kabad-Zinn completed

  • Psychological First Aid (PFA) training completed

  • PE-Continuous exposure method (trauma treatment) training through cognitive behavioral therapy completed

  • Erickson hypnosis (studied under Takeshi Yoshimoto for 3 years)

  • Member of the Japanese Clinical Psychological Society

  • Member of Tokyo Certified Psychologist Association

  • Member of the Japan Traumatic Stress Society

  • Member of the Japanese Society for Family Research and Family Therapy

  • Member of Japan EMDR Society







Year 2005-

Graduated from Keio University, Department of Sociology

Psychological counselor at a psychological counseling room in Tokyo

Graduated from California State University Graduate program (Marital and Family Therapy) Master's Course

Marital and family therapy therapist intern at a counseling center in California, USA

Psychotherapist and psychological department supervisor at a psychological consultation room in Tokyo

Part-time instructor for day/night care program at a psychiatric clinic in Tokyo

Director of Tokyo MFT (Marriage & Family Therapy) Center

Sometimes you need the courage to ask for help from others.

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