Ayumi Yamada, LMFT

Ayumi is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist with over 15 years in the mental health field working with children, young adults, and their families.  She also works with couples and adults on relationship issues, effective co-parenting skills, attachment and new parent challenges.  Ayumi specializes in working with school age children struggling with concerns surrounding anxiety, mood, behavior, identity, grief and loss, trauma and life challenges.  She also has a background in addressing diversity and cultural issues.  Ayumi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine and a Masters of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.

Ayumi began her work in mental health in Southern California providing intervention and behavior management skill development at a residential treatment facility for children and adolescents.  She continued to develop her skills as a therapist through internships at a residential treatment facility in Yolo County for young adults struggling with chronic mental health issues and dual diagnosis, and at White House Counseling Center (part of the San Juan Unified School District) working with children and their families addressing a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues.  Since then, she has gone on to empower adults and families to work through mental health challenges through a non-profit organization in South Sacramento.  In addition, she has extensive experience in working with children with Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP) and Individual Education Plans (IEP).

Her approach to therapy utilizes a variety of modalities depending on the needs of the individual and/or family and the best fit for the issues being addressed.  She has experience utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Strategic Family Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Attachment-based Interventions, and Parent Management Training (PMT).