My Approach to Helping
Life continuously challenges us, and from time to time, we become overwhelmed with troubling thoughts and anxiety. While stress may be an unavoidable aspect of the natural human experience, a prolonged state of elevated stress or anxiety often leads to self-defeating maladaptive behaviors and depressive disorders. As disruptive as it may seem, psychological distress actually presents an opportunity to uncover the mental and behavioral habits that may be undermining our innate capacity for resilience against mental and physical ailments. My holistic, person-centered treatment approach is largely based on neuroscience and the principles of mindfulness because I believe that the main objective of psychotherapy is learning how to be truly kind to one’s self and the key to cultivating genuine self-compassion is metacognition, also known as mindful insight. I’m here to help you acquire mental skills of mindfulness that are essential for accepting emotional reactions, managing stress, and overcoming symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Hi, my name is Wataru Okada (he-his-him), and I have been helping adults of all ages (18+) on their paths to self-actualization. If you are looking at this page, perhaps you are ready to drop what is no longer serving you and embark on a personal journey toward the actualization of your full potential and well-being (eudaimonia).
More Info About My Practice
I often encourage clients to examine whether their lifestyles are in alignment with their personal vision of well-being. Through mindfulness practice, I guide clients to develop the capacity to monitor one's internal experiences closely without overidentification and reactive judgment. Gradually, clients uncover harmful mental & behavioral habits that are causing unnecessary stress and undermining their resilience. Psychotherapy is a process of unlearning as much as a journey of discovering new ways to relate to one's bubbling thoughts and emotional reactions. I also believe in the power of psychoeducation and many of my clients find it very helpful to learn about the harmful effects of stress & anxiety while they explore misalignments and misplaced emotional priorities (attachment) in their lives.
My Role as a Therapist
I'm a native of Japan and have been living and working in Upstate New York for over 30 years. My engaging style of psychotherapy often draws upon multicultural, cross-disciplinary education and a background in martial arts, yoga, and Zen practice. Before starting a private practice, I served diverse clients in both residential and outpatient mental health clinics for over 7 years, and continue to educate myself and others about the benefit of contemplative neuro-psychotherapy and mindful lifestyles.
Please review my website Resources (www.okadalink.com) for more information.