Masami Matsuyuki, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist/Training Coordinator
I was born and grew up in Osaka, Japan, spent many years of my adult life as an international student in Scotland and the United States, and earned a B.A. in English Language, an M.S. in Women’s Studies, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. I’ve always been interested in cross-cultural communication, social justice, and healing arts and sciences, which is the shortest explanation for the choices that I’ve made about my education and career. I love counseling college students, taking various roles on a college campus, and helping people to learn how to help themselves. For leisure, I enjoy spending time with my husband (from Kentucky) and feathered companion (cockatiel) and practicing folk herbalism, permaculture gardening, and restorative yoga.
I believe that anyone can benefit from counseling as long as the person wants to learn, heal, and grow. We all want to be happy, and many of us don’t know how. Some keys to happiness include: accepting our own unique life paths as they unfold; being kind and compassionate toward ourselves and other people we meet; following our hearts while using our minds wisely; learning the lessons with which our lives present us; and taking right actions while being congruent with our purposes, values, and aspirations as best we can. A counselor can assist us in finding the keys we need and learning how to use them effectively. Also, we all need other people who support us in being who we are, dealing with predicaments of life, and healing from emotional wounds, or who challenge us to learn the hard lessons we would rather avoid. A counselor can be one of those people we meet in our lives who support and challenge us so that we can live our lives to the fullest. I’ve been trained to be a generalist clinician who can respond to various counseling needs associated with a broad range of psychological issues and mental disorders. I take an integrative approach to counseling within a feminist-multicultural framework, and when therapeutic interventions are called for, I tend to apply those derived from mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, interpersonal-process therapy, and psychosynthesis.