As a social worker and therapist, Taeko previously worked in a variety of fields such as suicide intervention, sexual health and HIV/AIDS counselling, family violence, human trafficking, and worked with and advocated for specific target groups such as youth, women of colour and LGBTIQ+ clients.
Taeko Yamada obtained her Master of Social Work from Monash University, Melbourne Australia in 2007, and also completed a Graduate Diploma in family therapy in 2012. Taeko is a bilingual (English/ Japanese) social worker who has more than 12 years of experience working in Australia and Japan. She is a member of Australian Association of Social Workers, World Professional Association for Transgender Health and Japanese Society of Gender Identity Disorder.
Most recently she worked for Monash Health Gender Clinic in Australia until 2019, and is keen to continue supporting trans and gender diverse individuals and families as well as the LGBTQ+ community in Japan.
Other clinical interests include adolescent mental health, trauma, anxiety and depression, family/ intimate partner violence, grief and loss, chronic pain and stress management, cultural adjustment and identity issues.