Tunteeya Yamaoka

The Ikigai Psychologist

BA(Psych/Japanese), GDip(Psych), PGDip(Psych), Master of Professional Psychology (MPP)



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Areas of Interest:

  • Anxiety/Social Anxiety

  • Perfectionism

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) 

  • Relationships

  • Cross-Cultural Psychology

  • Identity Crisis

  • Creativity and Mental Health



  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

  • Couples Therapy

  • Family Systems Therapy

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

  • Creative/Expressive Therapies 

Services Provided to:

  • Individuals

  • Couples

  • Families

  • Children over twelve (12+)

Languages Spoken:

  • English

  • Japanese (basic conversational level)


Master of Professional Psychology

Macquarie University    

Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology

Bond University

Graduate Diploma of Psychology

Queensland University of Technology

Bachelor of Arts Extended Major (Psychology) Minor (Japanese)​

The University of Queensland

In my experience as a Psychologist, I’ve worked in clinical settings, universities and corporate organisations to help people understand the complexities between mental health, work, education, culture, relationships and finding our purpose. Therapy is a space for self-reflection that will assist you to develop a deeper understanding of your needs, fears and greatest desires.

Ikigai in Japanese means “life’s values” or “reason to live”. When you have Ikigai, you make decisions based on what gives you meaning and purpose. Discovering your Ikigai is the process of commitment that you make to yourself to become more in touch with your personal values. Finding your ikigai is the simple steps you take to feel “alive”. That may include finding balance in order and chaos, and living spontaneously while maintaining healthy routines. 

Growing up in Japan and living in Australia has taught me to integrate both Eastern and Western methods in Psychology. Living in different cities and towns including Maleny, Osaka, Tokyo, Sydney, Gold Coast and Brisbane has helped me to connect with a wide variety of people.

My aim is to provide a service to my clients that is authentic, personable, ethical and sustainable. In therapy I am straight forward, humble, yet not afraid to have a joke. My goal is to provide a space for my clients to express themselves freely without judgement so that they can live with purpose and move forward towards a meaningful direction in life. 


ABC Radio x Ikigai Psychology

ABC Radio InterviewTunteeya Yamaoka
00:00 / 09:07

5 Favourite Things:

1. Author: Haruki Murakami

2. Drink: Matcha

3. Music: Jazz, R&B

4. Food: Cheese

5. City: Vienna 

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