Therapist in Training Program

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The Therapist in Training Program provides 12 months of supervision for candidates who wish to work toward US based licensure, or who simply wish to develop confidence as mental health providers. The therapist in training will build and expand their therapeutic skills within their chosen theoretical approach, and gain the tools needed to enhance their professional career. The criteria and structure of supervision meetings will be decided according to the guidelines set forth by the AAMFT.

The therapist in training will be formally evaluated by the supervisor at the end of each three-month period.

Program features

The trainee will be contracted on a part-time basis by Tokyo Mental Health to conduct therapy sessions under the supervision of AAMFT approved supervisor, Michael Nevans.

Therapy/Counselling field – Psychotherapies in which Tokyo Mental Health is prepared to provide instruction and supervision, including but not limited to CBT, ACT, Imago Therapy, and DBT.

Qualifications – Candidates must hold (or be enrolled in a program towards) a Master’s degree in clinical psychology, social work, or counseling at the time of contract.

Contract duration & work conditions – The contract is for 12 months. However, if the trainee is absent for more than two supervision meetings, without either voicemail or email contact 24 hours in advance or, if the supervision relationship is compromised due to  conflict between the trainee and supervisor, the contract will terminate regardless of whether a full year has passed.
The frequency of our supervision meetings will be a minimum of weekly.
Supervision may be conducted in dyads (two supervisees to one supervisor candidate) or individually, depending on what is more conducive to our schedules and topics discussed.


Past and Present Therapists in Training

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Alexis Morris
Alexis joined the Therapist in Training program, as a post-Masters level trainee, in September 2018, and provided counseling services to children, families, couples, and individual adults.
Prior to her departure in May 2019, Alexis worked from a psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapy approach, integrating intervention techniques from a wide range of counseling models.
She believes that the counseling relationship is unique in that it requires courage and the ability to be vulnerable. For this reason, she strives to create an environment that is safe and conducive to client growth. Thank you, Alexis for all of your hard work!

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Josephine Creighton


Josephine joined the Therapist in Training program in April 2019, taking over for Alexis. She is currently doing a Masters in Counseling at Monash University, Austrailia, and works with a range of therapeutic approaches, including cognitive behavioural therapy.

She believes that no matter the therapeutic approach, the most important element to counselling is the relationship between counselor and client. As such, she aims to create an environment in which the client feels safe, relaxed and comfortable. Thank you Josephine!


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Natasha Kottegoda-Breden
Natasha Kottegoda-Breden is currently completing her Masters in Counselling through Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and is under the supervision of Michael Nevans, MA, LMFT. She is also a member of IMHPJ, a professional therapists’ network in Tokyo.
Natasha has experience working with children, adolescents and individual adults helping with a variety of issues such as mild/moderate depression, stress management, anxiety, self-harming, cross-cultural issues and also suicide prevention via a telephone lifeline. As an experienced life coach, she is also able to help clients focus on what is important in their lives and to go about setting and achieving personal and professional goals.

She uses a combination of different client centered approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy, solutions focused therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness to help clients greatly improve their lives for the better.


Applications accepted on a rolling basis
Michael Nevans, M.A., LMFT (CA)
〒104-0041 Tokyo, Chuo City, Shintomi, 2 Chome−4−6 Urbane Mitsui Building 6F
Email: [email protected]