Paula Yumi Hirozawa (Ph.D., LCP)

Clinical Psychologist – Adult Individual & Couple Counseling, EMDR

I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist from Brazil, with Masters and Ph.D. in Social Psychology. I am specialized in healing trauma using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). My approach integrates elements of Ericksonian Hypnosis Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Psychodrama.  

My fundamental goal is to work with you so we can understand how you “function”. Anxiety, depression, stress – there are very good reasons why your body is producing these responses. I’d love to walk you through this journey so we can unfold the meanings behind your “functioning” and address the deeper issues that have caused these responses. In my practice, we will always be looking at two versions of you – the survivor you, the one who’s successfully survived so far yet has paid a price; and the thriving you, the one who can acknowledge your survivor version and thrive from now on. Ultimately, my goal is to connect you with both of your versions in an empowered, authentic, and liberating process. 

During this process, you’ll learn how you “function” and be able to use your abilities to your advantage. We will work deeply on traumatic events. We will also celebrate your victories and ground you towards a steady, fulfilling life. I’ve worked with patients suffering from issues related to anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, autism, LGBTQIA+, trauma, chronic pain illnesses, culture adjustment, and difficulties in relationships. It will be my pleasure to work with you too.