• About Me

    Therapy is an art, not a science. Since every person is a unique individual, therapy will vary depending on the persons involved. Hence, there can be no one approach to therapy which works for everyone.

    To facilitate change, different techniques may be used. However, the forging of a therapeutic alliance is essential for change. Research has shown that a successful outcome in therapy depends on this.

    In humanistic psychology, emphasis is placed on self-actualization. A propensity to self-actualize is presumed to exist in all persons. Karen Horney made the following analogy to illustrate this phenomenon.

    Like an acorn which grows into an oak tree, human beings will naturally develop under the right conditions. But obstacles can get in the way which prevent individuals from reaching their full potential.

    By removing such obstacles, a better quality of life can be achieved. While challenges are unavoidable, they can be managed more effectively. For a more fulfilling life, consider therapy.

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  • Overview
    Degree: MFT
    Currently Accepting Clients: Yes
    Specialties:
    • Abuse
    • Addiction
    • Adolescents
    • Adult Men
    • Anger Issues
    Approaches to Therapy:
    • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
    • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)
    • Eclectic
    • EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy)
    • Family Systems
    • Humanistic
    • MI (Motivational Interviewing)
    • Psychodynamic
    Services Offered:
    • Counseling
    • Couples Therapy
    • Family Therapy
    • Individual Therapy
    • Talk Therapy
    Ages Accepted:
    • Children
    • Adolescents
    • Young adults
    • Adults
    • Seniors
    Languages:
    • English
    • Japanese
    Clinic Setting: Individual Private Practice
    Teletherapy Available: No
  • License & Certification
    Licensed by State: Yes
    Category: Therapists
    State Licensing Board: CA
    License #: 98450
    License Type: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - LMFT
  • Experience
    Extended Biography :

    Maple Moriji (森路) was born on December 29, 1970 in Tokyo, Japan, an only child of a Japanese father and Danish mother. Instead of enrolling at a Japanese school, he attended a private international school called the American School in Japan (ASIJ). At ASIJ, he befriended other third culture children of different nationalities from across the globe.

    In 1989, he graduated from ASIJ and moved to Washington, DC where he enrolled at George Washington University. He received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 1994 after which he began his career in information technology. He eventually relocated to Los Angeles in 1998 and subsequently became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2004.

    After having worked in the corporate world for over 13 years, he was prompted by his lifelong interest in human psychology to become a Marriage and Family Therapist and enrolled at Antioch University in 2009. Over the years, he explored the subject extensively, attended a conference for Victims Of Incest Can Emerge Survivors (VOICES) in Action, and studied depth psychology at C.G. Jung Club of Orange County.

    Starting in October 2010, he began seeing clients regularly for psychotherapy at inpatient and outpatient facilities including The Center in Long Beach, Tarzana Treatment Centers, Solid Landings Behavioral Health, Hope by the Sea, Personal Involvement Center, Oceanfront Recovery and BLVD Treatment Centers. In private practice, he has been treating clients using a number of different approaches including EMDR since November 2012.

    In December 2011, he received a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology. His calling is to specialize in treating clients who have struggled with issues related to cultural diversity and who have suffered from trauma while growing up (such as childhood sexual abuse). As of March 2017, he has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 98450).

    Gender: Man
    Race & Ethnicity: Biracial
  • My Office
    ADA Accessible: Yes
    Near Public Transportation?: Yes
    Closest Bus/Train Stop:

    The Long Beach office is located at 5199 East Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 308 in Long Beach, California. The nearest cross streets are Anaheim Street and Pacific Coast Highway. The office is accessible from the 710, 405, and 605 freeways. Public transportation is available via Long Beach Transit buses 45, 46, 111, 112, 121, and 171.

  • Payment
    Currently Accepting Health Insurance?: Magellan
    Low Cost Options: Sliding Scale