Masters in Counseling Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Eastern Washington University
Certifications & Trainings
Behavioral Activation (BA) Intervention for Depression and Anxiety
Exposure Response and Prevention (ERP) Intervention for OCD
Compassion-Based Approaches for Working with Shame
200-hour Yoga Teacher
Level 1 Gottman Method Couples Therapy
Level 1 & 2 Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Processing Therapy (TF-CPT)
Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS-5) for DSM-5
Play Strong Institute Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) certification program,
in progress (expected completion, 2025)
Fluent in English and Japanese
I have experienced various forms of discrimination, marginalization, and ostracization throughout my life. As a non-binary, neurodivergent, queer, and biracial/multicultural person of color, who grew up in a single-family home in a poverty-stricken community filled with nihilistic despair, I felt ashamed, alone, and lost with no sense of life direction or purpose. When I walked into a therapy session, however, desperate for help, the therapist provided me with a safe and validating space to heal and grow, which empowered me to pursue my passion to become a therapist and advocate.
My therapeutic lens is rooted in an intersectional feminist approach, which enables me to serve people of all ages. My goal as a therapist is to provide children, teens, and adults with multicultural, neurodivergent, and gender-affirmative care while
acknowledging and honoring each client’s unique life story and autonomy. I strive to build strong therapeutic relationships with clients through egalitarian partnership, where I continuously endeavor to dismantle the power dynamic between therapist and client.
If I were your therapist, I would want you to feel safe in sharing your vulnerabilities, values, and beliefs without the fear of being discriminated against, invalidated, or judged. I would draw upon your inner resilience as a compass to guide our therapeutic journey together, without shaming you because of the survival and coping strategies that have helped you in the face of adversity. I am committed to holding a validating space open for you, so you can feel truly seen, heard, and appreciated just as you are.
Together, we will curiously explore the definition of what fulfillment means to you on your own terms, and gain insight into barriers that are preventing you from experiencing fulfillment in your life. Our collaboration will uncover the patterns and themes that are showing up in your life as areas of distress. Therapy can bring forth profound healing and transformation. Thank you for stopping by to read my bio, and I look forward to working with you.
“I prefer to think of my patients and myself as fellow travelers, a term that abolishes distinctions between ‘them’ (the afflicted) and ‘us’ (the healers)… We are in this together.”
— Irvin D. Yalom