Michelle Takemoto, LMFT

Michelle Takemoto, LMFT

15495 Los Gatos Blvd, Suite 5
Los Gatos, CA 95032


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 years treating patients with eating disorders: 5+ years

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 APPROACHESArt therapy, Cognitive Behavioral, Couples Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy

TREATMENT SETTINGS: Intensive Outpatient, phone counseling

FEES: Cash, Credit Cards, Personal Checks, Sliding Scale