Zooming in on . . . Maple Moriji, LMFT
Maple Moriji is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who has been practicing in Long Beach for close to 10 years. Due to the pandemic, he is only seeing clients via teletherapy at this time.
How long has your business been located in the Zaferia area of Long Beach?
I have been seeing clients in the Zaferia district since 2013. While the majority of my clients live or work in Long Beach, some of them come from the South Bay or Orange County.
What need does your business meet for residents of Long Beach?
Being one of the most diverse cities in the country, I believe I am well suited to address the issues affecting Long Beach residents. As a multiethnic therapist, people from diverse backgrounds have sought me out because of my firsthand experiences with their concerns. I also work a lot with the LGBTQ population which account for a good portion of my clients.
Why do your clients/customers select you over your competitors?
I meet my clients where they are and believe that they are their own experts. My job is to help them uncover the obstacles which prevent them from reaching their potential.
What is your background and how did you get started with your business?
I grew up in Tokyo, Japan after which I moved to the United States. I have lived in the greater Los Angeles area for over 20 years and have been a resident of Long Beach since 2005. I worked in information technology for many years until I decided to become a psychotherapist. I received a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University where I graduated in 2011. I have been in private practice since 2012.