As a woman of Asian heritage, a Nisei (second generation) Japanese American woman who spent my formative years in Los Angeles, and as a wife, mother, and grandmother in a mixed racial family, I feel that I am uniqely qualified to deal with issues involving family, ethnicity, and interpersonal relations.
My parents were first generation immigrants from a small village in Japan. I was always fascinated by body movement, and studied to become a dancer in Los Angeles, where I danced professionally while in my twenties. Later I moved to San Francisco, where I met my future husband. We are longtime residents of the Bay Area and are proud parents of a daughter and two grandchildren. After obtaining my teaching credential, I worked for many years as a public school teacher, continuing my studies to become a psychotherapist. I graduated from the Masters program in psychotherapy at John Kennedy University. I am trained in Hakomi and Recreation of Life Therapy, and I am a certified Somatic Experience Practitioner for trauma resolution, and an EMDRIA Certified EMDR therapist.
As a psychotherapist I believe holistic healing in psychotherapy can best be achieved by heeding what our mind, body, and spirit tells us. If we are open to the messages from within us, true healing can happen. I consider myself both fortunate and privileged to be working in the healing arts, where I feel I have found my true calling in life!