Naoki Hemmi is a recent Master of Social Work (MSW) graduate from Columbia School of Social Work. There he was part of a year-long extensive DBT training and lab program directed by Dr. Andre Ivanoff. During this time, he received intensive training by Behavioral Tech in DBT. Naoki is dedicated to utilizing DBT to support adolescents and young adults who are struggling with emotion dysregulation, impulsivity, anger, substance abuse, and other mental health vulnerabilities.

Before going into social work school, Naoki graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from New York University. During his senior year there, he interned as a clinical research assistant for a genetics lab investigating biological pathways involved in Neurodevelopmental Disorders. After graduating, he began his career in clinical work as an Assistant Behavioral Intervention Specialist to support people with profound Intellectual Disabilities and Developmental Delays in residential and hospice settings. After going back to graduate school in social work, he interned at an at-risk high school providing weekly individual counseling and psychoeducation workshops. Additionally, he worked as a DBT-informed family therapist in a community-based aftercare team to support foster care youths in their goals of family reunification and independent living.

He is absolutely excited and thrilled to start working as a DBT program clinician for Compass Behavioral Health, and he believes that this job is his life-long dream coming true. Naoki’s responsibilities at Compass will entail providing individual and family therapy, phone coaching, skills coaching and training, and attend weekly team consultation meetings. A team of coding and therapy adherent professionals will review his therapy treatment plans and clinical sessions, and he will receive expert consultation from Dr. Clive Robbins, Behavioral Tech Expert DBT Trainer at Duke University.

Naoki’s Degrees and Trainings:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at New York University
  • Master of Science in Social Work at Columbia School of Social Work in New York City
  • Completed 65 hours of Intensive DBT Training offered by Behavioral Tech trainers Randy Wolbert and Gwen Abney-Cunningham
  • Completed Online DBT Trainings by Behavioral Tech on Skills training, Therapy interfering behaviors, and Exposure therapy