Rei Yamada is a psychotherapist bilingual in English and Japanese. She is a Licensed Marriage Therapist in California, USA.
Ms. Yamada completed a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Golden Gate University in 2009. In her early career, she worked at various local non-profit and government mental health agencies in the Bay Area. She shifted her focus to her own private practice 4 years ago.
She enjoys working with clients of all ages with diverse and multicultural backgrounds. Her clinical interests include depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, grief and loss, children’s mental health, identity issues, and immigrant/acculturation issues.
Her training includes humanistic and mindful approaches, psychodynamic therapy, existential therapy, expressive art therapy, family therapy, play therapy, Yoga, and essential oils. She utilizes various therapeutic modalities to fit the client’s goals and individual needs. She is also a certified yoga teacher and utilizes mindfulness to help her clients deepen their body and mind connections.
Ms. Yamada is also passionate about increasing awareness of social justice, identity issues, assimilation/acculturation adjustment, HSP/empath as well as postpartum wellness.
Key Concepts: bilingual, psychodynamic therapy, existential therapy, expressive art therapy, family therapy, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and loss.
o Psychodynamic Therapy: a type of talk therapy similar to psychoanalytic therapy during which a client is invited to speak about whatever they feel they would like to. Psychodynamic therapy places a focus on how the individual interacts with their external environment.
o Expressive Arts Therapy: similar to art therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy is a form of therapy that allows a client to express themselves in ways that are difficult to do verbally through art. Contrary to art therapy, however, Expressive Arts Therapy typically uses various different artistic and creative mediums rather than focusing on one.
o Family Therapy: a type of therapy based on the idea that actions by each individual in a family system influences the rest of the system. Working not just with individuals but with the family unit, each member of the family is encouraged to work with one another to improve family dynamics and understand how their role in the system influences the others involved.
Illustrations by Kento Iida