Kirara Miyahara is a registered art therapist (ATR). Her work experience is primarily in Japan and the United States, and she has conducted individual and group therapy sessions in group homes, elementary schools, and in hospitals. She has experience working with children as young as 3, to individuals in their 70s.
With a background in anthropology, philosophy, and psychology as well as specialized training and a Masters education in art therapy from New York University, Kirara incorporates humanistic and psychodynamic theories into trauma-informed therapeutic care. Her approach is informed by past training, education, and evidence-based research, as well as embodied knowledge as a Japanese multilingual LGBTQIA+ community-identifying woman living with an autoimmune condition.
Kirara’s sessions prioritize client needs, which often address concerns regarding the low internal locus of control, organizing thoughts and emotions and manifesting organized behavior, increasing feelings of self-worth, anxiety management, and processing childhood trauma, subconscious material, and existentialism of the human experience. When not engaging in therapy work, she enjoys printmaking, scuba diving, entomology, and ethnobotany.
Illustrations by Kento Iida