I grew up in Osaka, Japan with a "traditional" Japanese family in the sense that my ancestors lived in Japan for many many generations, and patriarchy and collective way of living were very much present. As an immigrant, I am keen to cultural nuances and complexities. Working with me, you'll find someone who is sensitive navigating cultural expectations, values & identities as well as honoring deep connection & richness in culture and family of origin. For more information on how I work, please visit here.
Since I was little, arts gave me ways to express myself. I started to study theater as a teenager. In my early 20s, I moved to the United States to continue studying theater and completed my B.A in Drama at University of Washington where I began to learn more about movement and body. I came to realize the psychotherapeutic potential of drama in my own life and became highly intrigued by the connection between embodiment, psychology, and theater. I also truly enjoyed authentic connection with people, and it led me to the California Institute of Integral Studies, where I graduated with a Masters in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Drama Therapy.
While I was in graduate school, I began to learn about somatic psychotherapy and experienced power of slowing down and attuning to my body. I receive ongoing psychotherapy, training & consultation to support my clients best way possible, and I have deep curiosity and interest in learning and growing as a therapist with holistic perspective; our body, mind, emotions, spirit, and environment.
I continue to learn/unlearn the conditioning of my upbringing & structural/systemic inequality, which has and continues to cause harm. I strive for and imagine greater equity and social/economical/environmental justice in our communities, in my practice, in the world, and for our future.
If any of these resonates with you, I sincerely welcome you connecting with me from here and love to learn how I might support you.
Somatic Experiencing Training 2019 - Present
Liberation Spring (online courses) 2019 - Present
Restorative Justice Introduction Training 2019
Hakomi Professional Skills Training, Hakomi Institute of California 2018 - 2019
Developmental Transformation - Drama Therapy 2016 - 2018
Shakespeare for Social Justice instructor Training 2016