Miwa Hitsumoto, PhD, LMFT

Executive Director

Dr Miwa Hitsumoto is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In private practice since 2004, Dr Hitsumoto’s practice provides individual, couples, and family counseling to patients who are primarily Japanese speakers or to multi-cultural or multi-ethnic couples and families. She has extensive experience and expertise in applying cognitive behavioral modification and the treatment of PTSD, substance abuse, domestic violence, and mood disorders. From 2005-2008, she published a monthly column in a regional Japanese magazine discussing issues related to counseling and psychotherapy. Prior to practicing clinical psychology as a psychotherapist, Dr Hitsumoto worked in Japan as a software engineer for IBM Japan and a marketing manager for Borland Japan. Dr Hitsumoto earned her PhD in Theology, Christian Counseling from Prodee University and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and Master of Science in Applied Computer Science from Azusa Pacific University.

As President, she chairs the meetings of the board of directors and has responsibility and oversight for the organization’s day-to-day activities. As Executive Director she has responsibility for activities including fundraising, program development, and activities requiring Japanese language proficiency, expertise in Japanese culture, and expertise in clinical psychology or psychotherapy.