Kaori is a fully qualified psychologist and is registered with Psychology Board of Australia (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency)
Born and raised in Japan but fully trained in Australia, Kaori is passionate about issues such as cultural identity, confusion, cultural adaptation, and stress and anxiety associated with it.
Kaori completed a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the Australian National University and holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours from The University of Queensland. Kaori has experience working with a wide age range of clients with various difficulties including anxiety, depression, self-harm behaviour, dementia, caregiver burden, social skills deficits, and general distress. Kaori has a particular interest in working with adolescents and in utilising young people-friendly form of Acceptance Commitment Therapy, DNA-V.
Kaori is passionate about creating a safe space for all individuals regardless of ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, relationship/family structure, or religion (let me know if I have missed anything!). Kaori brings warmth, respect and a person-centred approach to therapy, informed by each client’s needs, values and strengths. Kaori draws on evidence-based treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
In addition to working as a psychologist, Kaori conducts research on mental health issues in Japan with Professor Philip Batterham from the Australian National University. Her current research interests lie in help-seeking behaviour and introducing e-mental health in Japan.