Skillful, Compassionate Therapy in Berkeley
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #116772
In my practice, I offer support and guidance to help you bring awareness, healing and transformation to your life’s difficulties and transitions. Often times, especially in times of distress and overwhelm, many parts of ourselves are left unseen, unheard, or misunderstood. My goal as a therapist is to create a safe, warm, and non-judgmental space so that these parts and places that aren’t seen may be integrated into your path towards health, self-actualization, and well-being.
I utilize a number of different approaches in my practice: Psychodynamic, Relational, Hakomi, Drama/Expressive Art Therapy, CBT/DBT, Family Systems, Solution-Focused and Gestalt. My practice is informed by Intersectional Feminism and I view psychotherapy through a social justice lens. Together we will look into past events, relationships, and patterns, as well as what’s arising in the present moment and current life circumstances that might be bringing disharmony in your life.
I work with diverse issues such as:
- anxiety & depression
- relationship problems
- low self-esteem
- life transitions
- grief and loss
- trauma (personal, societal, intergenerational and historical)
- immigration, acculturation, cross-cultural issues
- sexuality and gender concerns
- racial trauma
My clinical experience includes working with adults, couples, children, teens and families in community agencies, prison, school, and private practice.
I was born and raised in Japan and moved to the United States in 2009. I hold a B.A in Drama from the University of Washington. After studying theater for 8 years, I came to realize the psychotherapeutic potential of drama in my own life and became highly intrigued by the connection between embodiment, psychology, and theater. This led me to the California Institute of Integral Studies, where I graduated with a Masters in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Drama Therapy. I offer sessions in English and Japanese. I am looking forward to meeting you.