Tunteeya Yamaoka

The Ikigai Psychologist

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


Areas of Interest:

  • Anxiety/Social Anxiety

  • Perfectionism

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) 

  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

  • Relationships

  • Cross-Cultural Psychology

  • Gender Dysphoria 

  • Identity Crisis

  • Creativity and Mental Health

Therapies I Practice:


  • 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+)


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

Languages Spoken:

  • English

  • Japanese (basic conversational level)

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. The goal in therapy is to improve the relationship you have with yourself and others so that you can move forward towards a meaningful direction.

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 to live 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 understand that our environment shapes our identity and who we are.

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 you to express yourself freely without judgement, and to gain strategies to move forward towards a purposeful life. 


Although my work as a Psychologist gives me purpose, moving my body through exercise, entertaining my imagination through visual art and articulating my thoughts through writing and learning about different cultures around the world brings me great joy and fulfillment.

5 Favourite Things:

1. Author: Haruki Murakami (Norwegian Wood & What I Talk About When I Talk About Running)

2. Drink: Matcha Green Tea

3. Music: Jazz, R&B, J-pop/rock

4. Food: Vegetarian Takoyako

5. City: Vienna 

Let's Connect

Appointments can be booked online or call 0451 167 764 to make a booking.

Please note the mobile number associated with this service only operates between: 9am-6pm Monday-Friday.

Ikigai Psychology is not an emergency service

Please call: 000 if you are in a crisis.

Free Mental Health services: 

Mental Health Access Line 1300 642 255

Life Life 13 11 14 

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New Farm 4005 QLD


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