Yuko earned a B.A in Psychology at UCLA, an M.S. in Clinical Psychology at California State University, Fullerton, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Ohio University. She has been practicing as a clinician since 2006 in various settings: university counseling centers, hospitals, schools, community counseling centers, and drug/alcohol rehabilitation facilities. She is licensed as a clinical psychologist in California. She offers psychotherapy in English and Japanese.
Yuko has published multiple journal articles and book chapters and presented at conferences. Yuko’s interests in research include cultural influence on assessment and treatment of psychological disorders, coping to stress, evidence-based treatment, assessment issues, and Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder. Yuko also taught psychology classes at universities in the U.S.
Yuko understands that living in a new environment can be challenging and believes that healthy adjustment to a new culture is associated with psychological wellbeing, which in turn, leads to personal, academic, and social growth.
Aki (pronouns: he, him/they, them) earned a M.A. and is currently in pursuit of their Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Miami University of Ohio. Aki has worked in university counseling settings for the past 4 years, but also has experience working in community mental health settings. Aki's specialties include trauma and interpersonal violence, social justice, as well as gender and sexual diversity. Aki understands that navigating life and relationships can often be challenging with our intersecting identities, and is hence committed to making safer spaces to explore ourselves and our relationships.
Rieko holds Master of Education in Community Counseling from Loyola University Chicago and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Illinois, U.S.A. She is also a National Certified Counselor (certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors) in the U.S. Before joining the TUJ Counseling Office as a part-time counselor in 2016, she worked as a bilingual counselor/consultant for over 7 years providing professional support to individuals from diverse backgrounds in both the U.S. and Japan. Her expertise includes mental health counseling, interpersonal communication, cultural adjustment, self-awareness training, career counseling, and job search skills.