Therapist in Training Program

Therapist in Training Program

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.

A group of counselors engaged in a training supervision session at Tokyo Mental Health


Due to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic it is with regret that we have had to suspend our therapist-in-training program. We hope to be able to re-instate it in the future in 2021.

Please check back here for more information in 2021.

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.

Current Therapists In Training

Tokyo Mental Health therapist in training LaKisha Hudson

LaKisha Hudson

LaKisha Hudson is a Masters-level Intern under the supervision of AMFT supervisor candidate, Michael Nevans.

LaKisha earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of South Carolina. She has also earned a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling and Education Specialist in Counseling from the University of South Carolina. LaKisha’s Doctoral degree in Transpersonal Psychology was earned at Sofia University. Currently, LaKisha is working on her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health & Clinical Rehab Counseling at Thomas University.

LaKisha 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, bullying, and cross-cultural issues.  As an experienced School Counselor, she has worked with assisted adolescents with post-secondary planning and setting and achieving life goals. 

She uses a combination of different client centered approaches to help clients along their journeys to the best version of themselves. 

Applications to the therapists in training program

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Please apply by contacting:

Service Director, Tokyo Mental Health

〒104-0041 Tokyo, Chuo City, Shintomi, 2 Chome−4−6 Urbane Mitsui Building 6F

Email: [email protected]

Past Therapists In Training

TMH Therapist in training, Alexis Morris

Alexis Morris

Alexis joined the Therapist in Training program as a post-Master’s level trainee in September 2018, and provided counselling services to children, families, couples, and individual adults. Prior to her departure in May 2019, Alexis worked from from a Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach, whilst integrating intervention techniques from a range of counselling models.

Alexis believes that the counselling 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!

TMH Therapist in training, Josephine Creighton

Josephine Creighton

Josephine joined the Therapist in Training program in April 2019, taking over for Alexis. She is currently doing a Masters in Counselling at Monash University, Australia, and works using a range of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

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

Thank you Josephine!

TMH therapist in training, Natasha Kottegoda-Breden

Natasha Kottegoda-Breden

Natasha Kottegoda-Breden joined the Therapist in Training Program in Septemer 2019. Natasha has a master’s degree in Counselling at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and is also a member of IMHPJ, a professional therapists’ network in Tokyo.

Natasha has experience working with children, adolescents and adults helping with a variety of issues such as mild/moderate depression, stress management, anxiety, self-harming, cross-cultural issues and 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-centred approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness to help clients greatly improve their lives for the better.

Thank you Natasha!