“I get it; I know what it’s like to feel lost, misunderstood, anxious, depressed, angry, stuck, or you name it.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My journey to becoming a therapist was not a straight line. I was a fiery and impulsive teenager who felt misunderstood and then became a young adult who buckled under the pressure of my future and almost didn’t go to college. Once I was in college, I was still lost, wandering from major to major until I found out what it means to become a therapist. The rest is history! My bumpy and nonlinear personal path is actually what helps me connect with people. I get it; I know what it’s like to feel lost, misunderstood, anxious, depressed, angry, stuck, or you name it.
What should someone know about working with you?
For one hour every week, you are free to not give a you-know-what and just speak about what’s in your heart with no judgment, no raised eyebrows, and no telling you to look at the silver lining. What you will get in return is someone who will honor your pace and comfort level. I will work with you to decide if you would like skills to help you through rough patches or if you want to explore ways to heal at a deeper level (or a combination of both). The beautiful thing about life is that there is no singular way of getting to our destination.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I was born and raised in Japan; to say it was a culture shock to move to the other side of the world is an understatement. I remember trying to fit in, having parents who were stricter than other parents and feeling embarrassed of my culture when kids used words like "ew", "weird", or "smelly". It took a long time to accept these parts of me that others had rejected. These experiences have created core values within me that strive to help others work toward releasing some of the burdens they carry, gaining a better understanding of themselves and their needs, and creating an inner compass that will help guide them through life. Whether it be about culture, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, social class, trauma, or something else, life is tough and sometimes we all need a little extra help from someone who not only knows how hard life can be but has the background, training, and knowledge to help us move forward.
“For one hour every week, you are free to not give a you-know-what and just speak about what’s in your heart with no judgment, no raised eyebrows, and no telling you to look at the silver lining.”