Originally from Osaka, Japan, I worked as a high school teacher, teaching students with developmental disabilities and mental health conditions in Okinawa. I came to the U.S. in 2008 and worked at a special education school in Randolph, MA. I taught students with autism to express themselves through the expressive arts for 12 years. Later in 2020, I received a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling with Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University. I counsel children and adults with anxiety, depression, alcohol or substance use disorder, PTSD, autism, and ADHD. I am currently working at a substance use addiction treatment center in Plymouth, MA. I recognize the benefits of the arts, meditation, and nature-based expressive arts therapy as a holistic approach.
As a psychotherapist, I use a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, expressive arts therapy, and mindfulness meditation to help my clients cope with their stress and symptoms and develop coping skills for their daily lives.
My motto is "change poison into medicine" and "if you still have hope, you are good and you can overcome anything."
I am a practicing Buddhist and a lifelong animal lover. I currently have a husky, a cat, and a guinea pig.