Specialty Areas

Couples Counseling | Multicultural Counseling | Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender and
Questioning Issues
| Life Transitions | Holistic Treatment

Couples Counseling

If you're having difficulties in your intimate relationship, I invite you and your partner to explore the benefits of working with an experienced psychologist specializing in couples therapy. I enjoy working with all couples, although I specialize in multiracial and same-sex couples.

Multiracial couples: Multiracial couples face unique challenges in their relationships in such areas as acculturation, community expectations, communication styles, and racism from others. I am dedicated to using my education and training in multiculturalism in order to help each couple to better understand their unique strengths and to focus on increasing relational growth within the partnership.

Same-sex couples: Same-sex couples are unique in that they have to deal with stress from outside of the relationship (homophobia) as well as the challenges that present themselves within the relationship. I work closely with same-sex couples to help them to increase insight into possible stressors as well as address areas within the relationship that the couple feels need work. These areas may include money, living arrangements, intimacy, and communication problems.

Multicultural Counseling

I have had the opportunity to work with racial, ethnic, and cultural minority clients in my training and career. I specialize in working with Japanese Americans and first generation college students. Some of the issues that I have worked on with racial minority clients include isolation, stress, depression, and somatic difficulties (e.g., physical symptoms such as headaches, stomach aches, body pain, etc.) related to psychological problems.

Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender and Questioning Issues

I offer a safe, non-judgmental place for LGBQ clients to explore and learn more about LGBQ issues such as coming out, spirituality, relationships, isolation, and gender identity formation.

Life Transitions

Life Transitions can be growth producing as well as frightening. I provide a place where you can come to gain insight regarding your transition. In my career, I have helped clients with career exploration, identity formation, early and mid-life crisis, and issues related to grief and loss. I also enjoy working with clients on existential (meaning of life) issues.

Holistic Treatment

I have a network of holistic health care practitioners that I work collaboratively with to treat depression, anxiety, stress, and other somatic difficulties. I work with professionals who are massage therapists, acupuncturists, naturopaths, osteopaths, and chiropractors. Many times the physical body can use treatment if you are working on difficult psychological problems such as depression or anxiety. Likewise, I will contact your own holistic health care provider if you are interested in combining my psychological services with the health care your practitioner is already providing you.

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