Yurika Takemoto Gillum, LICSW

Yurika Takemoto Gillum, LICSW

Professions: Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, Social Work
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LICSW - LW60238359
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 12997
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Office 1
21907 64th Ave W
Suite 200
Mountlake Terrace, Washington 98043
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Growing up in Japan with a disabled sibling, I saw my family deal with many difficult issues, including discrimination, isolation, marital problems, bullying, multiple moves, economic challenges and constant fighting with the school system. My siblings suffering and my familys struggles were painful to witness, but I gained deep respect and compassion for those going through difficult times in their lives. It also fueled my passion to see people empowered to become whatever they envision themselves to be.

Feeling helpless to do something about my familys situation motivated me to enter a helping profession when I grew up. After receiving a Bachelor's degree in Social Work at the University of Washington, I earned a Master's degree in Social Work, specializing in health care and mental health.
Much of my early work experience was in hospital settings, including Evergreen Hospital, Providence Hospital and University of Washington Medical Center Emergency Department. I conducted psychiatric evaluations in acute emergency-room and long-term outpatient settings. Working with chronically ill patients and their families gave me first-hand knowledge of the caregiving process and what caregivers go through. This experience continues to be of value in my current work with elderly and ill patients and their spouses.
Working in Washington states foster care system was very rewarding. My role was to support family reunification by facilitating therapeutic visitations, assessing childrens needs, providing resources, and empowering parents to create a healthy environment in which their children could return. Working with children from difficult family circumstances deepened my understanding of the problems children have; and how, within the family system, the behavior of one member, whether parent or child, affects the well-being of the entire family unit. I am committed to supporting and strengthening every aspect of healthy family relationships.
I work with school-aged children and teens (and their parents) to alleviate situations such as bullying, poor self-esteem, body image and weight concerns, step-parent and step-sibling issues, communications difficulties, and problems related to over-use of the internet and video gaming.
For younger children, two to seven years old, with emotional or behavioral challenges, I use PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapy), an innovative play therapy that includes the childs biological, adoptive or foster parent(s) and focuses on the improvement of parent/caregiver-child interactions.
In addition to working with children, teens and adults in a therapeutic setting, I work with acute situations and crises at school, home and in the workplace.
My therapeutic approach, based on a unique melding of therapy modalities, focuses on a persons strengths their ability to bounce back from difficulties, and to grow and change for the better and takes place in a welcoming, supportive, non-judgmental environment. I strive to always be transparent, direct, empathetic and genuine with my clients.
I practice with knowledge and understanding of cultural and racial diversity and work to see people thrive, no matter what conditions they were born into; and advocate for people of color, interracial couples and families.
My goal is to support individuals, couples and families as they go through the therapeutic process for a range of issues, including: depression, anxiety, mood disorders, social phobias, grief and loss, trauma, addiction, eating disorders, marital and family issues, anger management, attention and learning problems, OCD and other issues. Many of my clients say they feel strengthened and encouraged by this process.

Email or Call Yurika Takemoto Gillum, LICSW at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 12997

More Info About My Practice

BlueCross and/or BlueShield
First Choice Health
GHI/Group Health Incorporated
Horizon Healthcare
MHN/Managed Health Network
Out of Network
Magellan Behavioral Health

Individual Sessions - $130
Family/Couple Sessions - $150

Sliding Scale Fees are available for those who qualify.

My Role as a Therapist

My role as a therapist is to guide you to your goals, answers and strengths. I believe each individual has the strength to overcome any obstacles, and my job it to draw it out of them.

Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance

I believe that effective therapy is aways a two-way street. It takes both the therapist and client's effort to achieve something meaningful. I am transparent, direct, genuine and empathetic and I strive to create a safe and caring environment for my clients.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English
  • Japanese

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy

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