My Approach to Helping
I will approach your treatment depending on your needs. I believe that the therapy is a relationship and that trusting relationships help us to encounter our pain, to heal, and to grow. Each person has strengths and resources that he/she can utilize to heal and grow. I will listen to you and work with you to solve your problems and achieve your goals. I also think that understanding our past relationships and experiences helps us to increase our insight and awareness of our current situation, where the actual change happens, and the changes in the present will help us to move forward to better future.
More Info About My Practice
I am a bilingual and bicultural (English/Japanese). I am sensitive to cultural issues, and I have been working with diverse clients from different ethnicities, cultures, beliefs, ages, and backgrounds in multicultural environments. I have been educated in Counseling, Human Relations, Religion, Gerontology, and Psychology. I am trained in Psychodynamic, Gestalt, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Gottman Method.
I am an in-network provider for Regence, Premera, First Choice, Kaiser, Group Health, United Behavioral Health, Beacon Health, Optum, Aetna, Cigna, and Magellan. Also, I am out-of-network with many insurance carriers. I will be happy to provide you with a statement for services that you can submit when you file a claim with your insurance company. I also hold a few sliding fee scale slots.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I feel honored and privileged to work with you in your journey of personal growth.
My Role as a Therapist
My role as a therapist is to collaborate with you to help you to increase your awareness, insight, and understanding, to solve your problems, to achieve your goals, and to heal and grow toward your potential.
My Therapy Focus
My areas of focus include: relationships and communication, self-esteem, identity, self-actualization, and achievement, as well as depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and other mental health issues. I also work on stress management, grief and loss, life adjustment issues, transitional and aging issues, and academic under achievement, as well as spirituality and existential issues.