The Ikigai Psychologist
BA(Psych/Japanese), GDip(Psych), PGDip(Psych), Master of Professional Psychology (MPP)
Areas of Interest:
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
Creativity and Mental Health
Therapies I Practice:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
Family Systems Therapy
Services Provided to:
Children over twelve (12+)
Master of Professional Psychology
Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology
Graduate Diploma of Psychology
Queensland University of Technology
Bachelor of Arts Extended Major (Psychology) Minor (Japanese)
The University of Queensland
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