Personal & Professional
Educated and trained in the United States, I am a board certified counselor by NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors). I have a Master of Science degree in Counseling from San Francisco State University where the strong focus was placed on multicultural competence. Although I was initially trained in more traditional talk therapies, my interest in an experiential, mindfulness-based approach grew stronger as a result of my background/interest in Buddhist psychology/philosophy and training in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy.
I have provided counseling/psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults of various cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds at settings such as a substance abuse residential treatment center, elementary school, college and non-profit agency. I've worked with clients presenting a wide range of issues including but not limited to: substance abuse, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, cultural adjustment, grief, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, crisis interventions, disruptive behaviors.
I was born and raised in Japan, and moved to the United States at age 17. I spent almost 20 years there before relocating to Geneva due to my husband's work. I'm a mom to a child who you might call a "third culture kid." I am curious and passionate, and deeply care about assisting people in finding out what is true for them and how to live accordingly. I practice Vipassana meditation, which helps me come back to my center in a life that can be chaotic and challenging at times. My deeply held values include connection, compassion and courage.
Master of Science, San Francisco State University, Counseling (Marriage and Family therapy) 2006
Bachelor of Arts, Sonoma State University, Psychology 1994
Asian Pacific Psychological Services, Oakland, CA
College of San Mateo, Psychological Services, San Mateo, CA
Baker Places, San Francisco, CA
Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, Oakland, CA
WOMAN Inc., San Francisco, CA
CERTIFICATIONS AND TRAINING
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC – 218945)
Hakomi Somatic Mindful Therapy
I completed the 3 year comprehensive training and am in the process of certification.
I am currently in the 2nd year of the 3 year certification training program.
California Domestic Violence Certification Training