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, and human trafficking. She has also worked with, and advocated for specific target groups such as youth, women of color, and LGBTIQ+ clients.
Her approach is integrative and holistic, and she hopes that every client can feel empowered and more loving towards themselves after therapy. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Family Therapy are a few of Taeko’s therapeutic approaches.
Her 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.
Taeko Yamada obtained her Master of Social Work from Monash University in 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 in Japan. She is a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, and the 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 LGBTIQ+ community in Japan.
Outside of therapy, she also has a hobby job as a fitness instructor and is beginning her training in hypnotherapy.
Key Concepts: bilingual, social worker, therapist, suicide intervention, sexual health and HIV/AIDS counselling, family violence, human trafficking, target groups, youth, women of color, LGBTIQ+, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Family Therapy, adolescent mental health, trauma, anxiety and depression, family/intimate partner violence, grief and loss, chronic pain and stress management, cultural adjustment, identity issues, trans and gender diverse individuals, domestic violence, same-sex couple counseling, LGBTIQ+ family therapy.
o Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): a type of therapy focused on actively rejecting the denial of internal thoughts and feelings, and recognizing them as reactions to situations one has experienced. This allows the individual to process such thoughts and feelings, and work to move past these obstacles blocking them from healing.
o Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT): a type of psychotherapy (talk therapy) similar to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that is centered on mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. The goal is to reduce emotional distress and relationship struggles.
o Solution-Focused Therapy: a type of therapy that analyzes an individual’s current situation and encourages finding concrete solutions to confront problems and improve quality of life.
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