About

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I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Berkeley, CA. I completed my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. I view psychotherapy from a holistic perspective, which means that I treat the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual being of the whole person. Prior to opening my practice, I worked in a variety of clinical settings such as out-patient clinics, milieu environments, agencies and schools. I have experience working with a wide range of issues.

As a second generation Japanese-American with immigrant parents, I have an interest in working with individuals who are biracial/bi-cultural and those who are going through the acculturation process. My life experiences of growing up in two very different cultures have taught me ways to navigate through cross-cultural conflicts and have the ability to respond to individuals, couples, and families from diverse cultural systems with compassion and understanding. 

Read more about my style and how I work here.

Education

  • John F. Kennedy University, MA, Counseling Psychology

  • San Francisco State University, BA, Speech Communication

Training

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • CAMFT Supervisor Workshop Series

  • Child-Centered Play Therapy

  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)

  • Group Psychotherapy Training Program

  • Multiculturalism: At the Intersection of Knowledge and Clinical Practice

  • Practical Issues in Forming, Maintaining, and Facilitating Groups

  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Professional Affiliations

  • Asian American Psychological Association

  • California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

  • East Bay Chapter of California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (EBCAMFT)

  • Women’s Therapy Center (WTC)