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, weakness and strengths, and 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, and anxiety to help create meaningful relationships with self 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 styles 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 differences.

Professional Credentialing & Memberships

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate  (MG.61046973)

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

  • Bachelor of Arts in English, Dokkyo University, Japan

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

  • American Integrative Psychology Certified NLP Trainer

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

  • Member of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy

  • Member of the Washington Association for Marriage & Family Therapy