I am a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Colorado. My pronouns are she/her/hers. You can search for me by name or license number 09926317. I work in Boulder, CO as a psychotherapist and graduated from Smith College School for Social Work with a Master's degree in clinical social work. Before that, I taught for the Schuler Scholar Program in Chicago and graduated from Colorado College with a BA in Psychoanalysis, Classics, and English.
My passion is working with people interested in personal growth and I strive to collaborate with my clients in exploring unconscious and procedurally-based patterns that occur in relationship with self and others.
I have served as a therapist to young adults and adults in the front range area for several years in community mental health and at CU Boulder's Counseling and Psychiatric Services Center. I work primarily from a contemporary psychodynamic lens and utilize a wide range of techniques including Internal Family Systems, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, narrative therapy, interpersonal/relational therapy, Self psychology, and Motivational Interviewing.
I am a cisgender woman currently residing on the stolen homelands of the Arapaho and Cheyenne, colonially known as Colorado. I identify as haafu and Japanese-American and I unjustly benefit from my East Asian heritage and proximity to whiteness, as someone who is able-bodied, and with financial and educational access. My sun and moon are in Cancer. I am passionate about matters of identity, race, culture, and social justice.
Publications and Presentations
Barone, W., Beck, J., Mitsunaga-Whitten, M. & Lia Osunfunláyò Blaustein. et al. (2022). Facing death, returning to life: A qualitative analysis of MDMA-assisted therapy for anxiety associated with life-threatening illness. Frontiers in Psychiatry, Sec. Psychopharmacology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2022.944849
Barone, W., Beck, J., Mitsunaga-Whitten, M. & Perl, P. (2019). Perceived benefits of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy beyond symptom reduction: A Qualitative follow-up study of a clinical trial for individuals with treatment-resistant PTSD. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. DOI: 10.1080/02791072.2019.1580805
Mitsunaga-Whitten, M., Beck, J., Barone, W., & Perl, P. (2017, April). A correlative analysis of mystical experiences and lasting symptom improvement from MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for treatment-resistant PTSD. Presentation at Psychedelic Science 2017 conference, Oakland, CA, USA.
Trainings, Certifications, Memberships
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) MDMA-Assisted Therapy Training Certification 2022 (pending copmpletion of supervision post-FDA approval)
Internal Family Systems, the Center for Self Leadership
Zendo Project Psychedelic Harm Reduction Training
CU Boulder Post-MA Fellowship Training Program- Individual & Group focus
Member of American Psychological Association
Member of American Psychological Association Division of Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (39)
APA Division of Psychoanalysis (39) 2019 Scholar
Healing Circles for Change © Satsuki Ina, Ph.D.
ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Workshop