Michelle Takemoto, LMFT
CREDENTIALS/DISCIPLINE: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, MFC 48071; Master of Arts, Community Counseling, Northern Arizona University; Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Kansas; Completed Certificate in Eating Disorders, JFK University
Board Certified: No – there is no required certification for my specialty
Number of patients with eating disorders you treat annually: 10-20
EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERTISE: I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Masters in Community Counseling and completed my training at an expressive art therapy center. I have worked at both private and nonprofit centers with teens and adults struggling with eating disorders and body image issues. I have training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In conjunction with my clinical work, I have taught college classes and published on the topics of academic retention and the benefits of counseling, as I believe in supporting individuals to fulfill their long term goals and dreams throughout the continued process of recovery.
I believe that each person is unique and that hope holds the spirit of the recovery process. I am a systems therapist and I believe in working with the whole person in the context of their environment and culture. I approach eating disorders from a strength based perspective and focus on drawing from a person’s often unrecognized potentials, to partner with them in their process of self-discovery and healing.
I view recovery as a journey in which each person defines their own milestones, dreams, and outcomes for what this process ultimately leads to in their lives. I approach this process by partnering with clients as they lead this journey, and I incorporate evidenced-based approaches to support them creating a healthy, balanced, and hopeful life.
POPULATIONS SERVED: Adolescents, Adults, Athletes, Couples, Ethnic Minorities, Families, Females, GLBT, Males
CONDITIONS TREATED: Abuse, Addictions, Affective Disorders, Anorexia Nervosa, Binge Eating, Body Dismorphic Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa, Co-Morbidity, Compulsive Exercise, Disassociative Disorders, Night Eating Syndrome, NOS (eating disorders not otherwise specified), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Overeater, Overweight
TREATMENT APPROACHES: Art therapy, Cognitive Behavioral, Couples Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy
TREATMENT SETTINGS: Intensive Outpatient, phone counseling