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About Me

My dedication to therapy is driven by my belief that we are all unique and that each relationship is an intercultural joint venture. To resolve conflicts, we explore the lenses we all use to experience reality. I bring Systems Theories from my academic training to understand your beliefs and values as well as your family background and how you connect with others. I strive to help couples to see what an astonishing endeavor you are engaged in with each other, as total strangers. There is nothing more amazing to witness than the love and the resiliency couples can achieve to overcome challenges.



In addition to couple's counseling, I work with individuals with identity issues, trauma, depression, and anxiety to help create meaningful relationships with themselves and others. I believe through the process of connecting with our own bodies and minds, we can learn how to relate with others in more balanced and authentic ways. My style has been described as "gentle yet direct and intuitive." 

My family name, Oto, means a big door, in Japanese. I welcome you with culture, race, religion, gender, sexual and relationship orientation, age, or any other uniqueness about you!

Professional Credentialing & Memberships

  • WA Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist  (LF61341373)

  • Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Antioch University, USA

  • Bachelor of Arts in English, Dokkyo University, Japan

  • Graduate of The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy Training under Ellyn Bader Ph.D. at The Couples Institute.

  • Trained in Gottman Method Level 1 and 2, Emotionally Focused Individual therapy, and Trauma-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

  • Certified Strategic Intervention and Marriage Education and Divorce Prevention Coach, The Robbins-Madanes Center For Strategic Intervention

  • American Integrative Psychology Certified NLP Trainer

  • Member of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy

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