About

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have over 17 years of experience working with adults and teens in various settings in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have extensive experience in the areas of addiction, trauma/post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, life-transitions, and loss/grief. Outside of my practice, I provide supervision and crisis consultation as a Clinical Supervisor in a community mental health clinic.

I was born and grew up in Japan, and have spent most of my adult life in the United States. I studied Journalism at Doshisha University, in Kyoto, Japan, before coming to this country. I lived in Texas and Louisiana for several years before moving to California in 2000. My personal experience as an immigrant and bi-cultural citizen has given me firsthand knowledge of issues surrounding immigration and acculturation, and also helps me understand a variety of client situations and struggles.

   Education

  • BA in Journalism, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan
  • MA in Substance Use Counseling, Northeast Louisiana University

   Professional Training

  • 2008-2009: Multidimensional Family Therapy Training by MDFT Institute of the University of Miami (Certified in 2009)
  • 2011: Multidimensional Family Therapy Supervisor Training by MDFT Institute of the University of Miami (Certified in 2011)
  • 2016: Clinical Supervisors’ Training Program by Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Department
  • 2017: EMDR Basic Training by Sonoma Psychotherapy Training Institute

   Professional Affiliations

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)