Welcome to Therapy Austin. I am glad that you are considering therapy. I know the value of this work from my own experience—I was introduced to therapy when I was younger, and it completely changed my life. Whether you choose to work with me or anyone else, I sincerely wish you the best in this phase of your journey.
I believe that in order to be truly happy, we need to learn to make conscious choices. We learn and internalize so much from our parents, peers, and society, and this often unconsciously dictates how we live our lives. By challenging the beliefs that we have held, we discover who we truly are—and learn to make decisions based on what will actually make us happy.
Most of us carry some pain from the past, as well. Whether we have experienced difficult events or lived in a chronically challenging environment, there are often old wounds that deeply affect us. Another aspect of our work is to focus on healing the pain from our past so that it no longer controls how we feel or act in the present.
It takes a lot of courage to question what you know and to face painful emotions. But it can be liberating. By understanding where you came from and how you got here, you can release what no longer serves you.
As your therapist, my priority is to create an environment where you can safely share—even difficult things. It is important that you are fully accepted, honored for who you are, and never judged. I also aim to be authentic in our interactions and honest with you in a constructive manner. My hope in our work is that I can help guide you to make the changes that are important to you.
Some facts about me—I was born in Japan but mostly grew up here in the States. I've lived in Tokyo, Massachusetts, NYC, Pittsburgh, and Austin. I studied neuroscience in school before becoming a social worker. Outside of work, I enjoy eating (not so much cooking), watching comedies, and spending time with my family, which includes two cats.
If you’re interested in working with me, please request me on the Get Started page, or call me at 512/201-4501, ext. 216. I look forward to hearing from you.