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John Suyama

Counseling Services


Mich was born and raised in Japan, where he grew up with his Japanese father, mother from Maryland, and older sister. He lived in Japan attending English speaking schools on the military base where his parents worked until graduating from Yokota High School in 1991. He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints during his freshman year of college and then served a mission in the Japan Fukuoka Mission (1993-1995). He and his wife, Wendy, have four children. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking and exploring new places. He is excited to be back at BYU-Hawaii where he worked as an intern in the Counseling Center back in 2010 and where Wendy attended her first years of college.


Mich graduated from the University of Florida with a dual Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and East Asian Languages and Literature in 1999. He earned his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling at University of Florida in 2002. He completed his graduate studies by earning his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from BYU Provo in 2013.

Work Experience

Mich has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in various counseling situations. He has been engaged in providing psychotherapy for people in substance abuse, community mental health, private practice, and academic settings. Mich most recently was providing mental health care for Active Duty service members and dependents on a US military installation in Japan. Mich has a passion for helping and supporting individuals who are experiencing emotional difficulties or mental health challenges and hopes to share that with the BYU-Hawaii community.