Tunteeya Yamaoka

The Ikigai Psychologist

(She/Her)

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"I believe everything is transient, nothing lasts forever, including the difficult experiences we have in life. Sometimes what we need to do is to let go of control, trust the human experience and take the plunge. When we are willing to feel the discomfort and let go of every things else that's when we are most capable to grow"

Qualifications:

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

Areas of Interest:

  • Anxiety/Social Anxiety

  • Perfectionism

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) 

  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

  • Relationships

  • Cross-Cultural Psychology

  • Identity Crisis

  • Creativity and Mental Health

Therapies I practice:

 

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

  • Couples Therapy

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Languages Spoken:

  • English

  • Japanese (basic conversational level)

In my experience as a Psychologist, I’ve worked in clinical settings, public and private hospitals, universities and corporate organisations to help people understand the complexities between our physical health, 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 in the way I practice. Living in different cities and towns around the world has helped me to connect with a wide variety of people that has broadened my perspective of how culture impacts our sense of self and identity.

My aim is to provide a service to my clients that is authentic, personable, ethical and sustainable. In therapy, I am straightforward, 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
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Tunteeya Yamaoka is a Psychologist and Founder of Ikigai Psychology Clinic and has been featured in the Sydney Morning Herald, ABC and House of Wellness. She has worked in government, clinical settings, and large corporate organizations including Zurich Group and Studygroup International. In addition to her work as a Psychologist, Tunteeya is a TEDxOrganiser and volunteer for Creative Mornings.