Maika Shaku, MSW, LCSW
I went to the University of Southern California School of Social Work, which is one of the nation's top accredited social work graduate programs. While studying as a Master of Social Work (MSW) student, I interned in a psychiatric unit (both inpatient and outpatient at a hospital) and at a non-profit organization. I graduated from USC with Honorable Mentions.
After graduation, I worked in several clinical settings. I worked as a Medical Social Worker at adult day healthcare centers where I provided services to the elderly and adults with physical and/or mental disabilities. I worked as a therapist and provided therapy and care coordination services for both children and adults. Then, I provided assessments/screening, triage, and crisis interventions for a local government agency.
I have worked with people from young children to the elderly, with various cultural and ethnic backgrounds, including ethnic minorities, immigrants, and children/family of immigrants. I am a culturally competent and sensitive bilingual psychotherapist. I hold LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) in the State of California.
Outside of private practice, I regularly attend meetings for mental health professionals. I actively participate in these meetings and make presentations as a co-facilitator.
I provide online counseling (telehealth) services throughout California. I am typically available weekdays and weekends.
I am a trauma specialist and practice EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
Anxiety, depression/depressive symptoms, prenatal depression/anxiety, postpartum depression/anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive thoughts/behaviors, AAPI mental health (especially first, 1.5, and second generations of Asians), cross-cultural issues, relationship issues (i.e. family, friends, workplace, school), low self-esteem, refusing to go to school, adjustment issues (i.e. moving, marriage, birth of a new born, divorce, studying abroad, immigration, being homesick), anger, irritability, ADHD, trauma, grieving issues (i.e. family, friends, pets), behavioral issues (i.e. children not listening, being restless), and parenting.
Types of Services
Individual counseling, couples counseling, family counseling, and group counseling
I can provide children with play therapy in office and online. Play therapy is a type of therapy. Through play, children can explore and understand feelings and learn new coping skills.
On top of counseling services, I provide webinars for pregnant women, postpartum women, and fathers. Please click here for more details about webinars.
I also provide services for parents/grandparents/caregivers to teach effective parenting skills.
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I have a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of California. In order for me to be eligible for the licensure, I went to and graduated from an accredited social work graduate school. I completed more than 3,200 hours of supervised post-degree professional experience. I passed 2 exams, the Standard Written exam and the Clinical Vignette exam. As an LCSW, I am allowed in the State of California to practice psychotherapy independently.
Professional Association Membership
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) member
Continuing to learn is an important part of my life as an individual and as a psychotherapist. I believe that good therapists never stop learning. Here are a few examples of training/courses I completed as an LCSW that required at least 10 hours of learning.
Certificate Program in TeleMental Health and Digital Ethics
Mental Health Interpreter Training Course
Health Equity and Multicultural Diversity Foundation Training
Certificate Course in Emotionally Focused Therapy with Sue Johnson
Maternal Mental Health Professional Certificate Training
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)