Consulting Center


Please use the link under each consultant’s name to schedule an appointment. We have eleven consultants this year!

Alphabetical order (last names) after Amy

Amy Newsome (Bilingual) 

The Coordinator for the CPI Consulting Center

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She is currently serving as a counseling intern with Mission to the World. She is completing her Master’s of Arts in Counseling at Colorado Christian University, and will be seeking to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Tennessee. Along with her degree program, she has received a certificate from CCEF in biblical counseling. She has served as a missionary in Nagoya, Japan, for 26 years, and has been involved in many aspects of church planting. Her passion for applying the Gospel to real hurts and struggles has led her to the field of counseling. She is currently developing a private practice for Japanese, missionaries, and other expats. Amy and her husband Wayne have five children, most of whom are now young adults living in the US. Her areas of interest are crisis and trauma, depression and anxiety, shame, spiritual issues, attachment, life transitions and cultural adjustment. Amy is available for counseling in both English and Japanese.


Chie Burns (Japanese)

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A Biblical Counselor. Born in Kurayoshi, Japan.  After graduating from a local high school, studied the Bible and Theology at Word of Life Bible Institute, NY.  After 2 years there, transferred to the Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA. Graduated from TMU with B.A. in Biblical Counseling. Moved to Japan with her husband as missionaries.  Chie has been mentoring and counseling over the years both in the states and in Japan.  A Counselor of Life Hope Network.  Chie is a wife, a mother of three children. ACBC(Association of Certified Biblical Counselors) trained. She and her family live in Nissin, Aichi. She specializes in marriage and family counseling, relationship conflicts, depression and fear, life guidance, guilt/shameful past, struggles/difficulties in ministry. Chie is available for counseling in both English and Japanese.





Tonya Cherry (English)

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Tonya Cherry served at CPI in 2015, and fell in love with the missionaries doing the work that God called all of us to do. It changed her whole perspective on what it really means to live a life wholly devoted to Christ. She has her B.A. in Special Education from the University of Maryland and a Masters degree in Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. She has taken CCEF courses in Biblical Counseling and works at Chapelgate Presbyterian Church in Marriotsville, Maryland. She works with children, teens, parents and families. Tonya is a counselor in the Life Counseling Center, the school counselor for Chapelgate Christian Academy and the director of Keystone Kids, the special needs ministry. She has been working with youth for more than 25 years and walking alongside young people who are hurting is her passion. Tonya is married to Joe and has college-age twins, Hannah and Jesse.




Flossie Epley  (Bilingual) – Educational Consultant

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BS in Elementary Education and Bible from Fort Wayne Bible College; MS in Elementary Education from Indiana Univ.

Flossie has served in Japan for 36 years with The Evangelical Alliance Mission. She founded and directs the School Support Services (SSS) at Christian Academy in Japan (CAJ) since 1981. SSS provides consultancy, resources, and programs to English-speaking families who homeschool full time or supplement their children’s education in Japanese schools with English at home. Flossie’s passion is to support missionary families with their children’s education so that they can go anywhere in Japan that God leads them and still feel confident that their children are receiving a good education. Flossie & Russ live in Tokyo and have two adult children and two grandchildren.

She specializes in educating children in English from birth through high school.



Paul Laskowske (English)

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Paul Laskowske grew up in a missionary family in Southeast Asia, where he enjoyed international school and making friends from many different cultures. He studied Bible and Linguistics at Bryan College in Dayton, TN, where he met his wife Rachel. He then pursued a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University, a Christian graduate program in Chattanooga, TN. Paul offers private counseling, facilitates several discussion groups each week (including a college class component for Third Culture Kids, or TCKs), and works with the deacons’ ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga. His primary counseling focus is in marriage and relationship issues, addictions, processing loss and change, and spiritual formation. Paul and Rachel currently live in northwest Georgia, where they love extending hospitality to friends and family in the area, and to missionaries passing through the region.




Rachel Laskowske (English)

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Rachel Laskowske is a Licensed Professional Counselor who grew up as a missionary kid in Spain and Cameroon. Rachel began pursuing counseling out of her desire for missionary families to have more of the support and help that they need on the field. Richmont Graduate University provided her with rigorous counseling training that was carefully integrated with a biblical worldview. Rachel has been counseling women, men, adolescents, children and families for the past five years. God has given her a new private practice, Esperanza Counseling Services, where she counsels immigrant Latino families in Spanish. Rachel specializes in treating those with anxiety disorders and stress related issues. She also works with individuals who have depression, grief and loss, anger issues, spiritual issues or post-traumatic stress disorder. Rachel enjoys joining Paul, her husband, in ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga, TN.




Eliza Huie (English)

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Eliza Huie is an experienced marriage and family counselor. She has completed three levels of certificate training from the Christian Counseling Educational Foundation (CCEF). She is the Assistant Director of Life Counseling Center in Marriottsville, MD. Understanding and experiencing God’s redeeming grace for change is her motivation for counseling. Her years of experience in the counseling room have established her confidence that God is able to bring hope to even the darkest situations.

Eliza is married to her husband, Ken, and they have three children in their late teens and early twenties.  Areas of special interest in the counseling realm are marriage and family, per-marital counseling, depression/anxiety, addiction, and relational and sexual brokenness.




Dr. John Houlette (Bilingual)


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Doctor of Ministry in congregation and family care from Bethel University.

John and his wife Eriko have served in Japan for 34 years with WorldVenture and Asian Access in church planting, field leadership and clergy care. He is currently the director of Three Stream Ministries. John is an ordained minister, a certified leadership coach, a disaster response chaplain trainer and a Prepare-Enrich marriage resource facilitator. He is fluent in both English and Japanese. Three Stream Ministries focuses on self-care, soul care and fruitfulness in ministry. John’s passion is to nurture ministry leaders to be whole, holy and missional. John and Eriko live in Sendai and have four adult children and two grandsons.

He specializes in marriage counseling, to nurture boundaries, family systems and life coaching.


Alan & Judy Steier (English) – Pastoral Care Shepherds

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With a passion to see global servants minister from a position of health and resiliency, Alan and Judy provide a caring presence of encouragement and counsel.  Their previous experience in cross-cultural ministry gives them a unique ability to identify with the needs and concerns of missionaries.  With 22 years of pastoral experience, they bring a solid biblical perspective.  They also are currently leading the JEMA Member Care Commission, seeking to enhance member care throughout the Japan missionary community.  Alan finished his Doctor of Ministry program in Member Care in 2014.




 Takako Watanabe (Bilingual)

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Takako Watanabe is a licensed professional counselor (South Carolina, USA) and national certified counselor.  She is a local TCK who grew up in several prefectures in Japan and spent 16 years in the USA.  Takako has worked with individuals, family, couples, and group in various counseling settings including private, school, mental health, and group homes.    She has served at CPI in 2011 and 2013.  Currently she is a director and therapist at Barehope and maintain small private practice providing therapy for internationals and Japanese.

She sees clients who have concerns including but not limited to depression, anxiety, stress, self-esteem, women’s issues, singleness issue, interpersonal issue, cross-cultural issue, and adjustment issue.

She is a professional member of American Counseling Association and clinical fellow of American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and hot yoga.  Takako is available to provide counseling in Japanese and English.

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