Mikako studied clinical psychology at Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University. While at Griffith University, she met Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett and developed a strong interest in autistic spectrum conditions including Asperger Syndrome. Following the completion of her master’s degree, Mikako worked at the Gold Coast clinic of Minds and Hearts under the supervisions of Professor Attwood and Dr Garnett until the closure of the clinic in 2008.
While working at her own practice in Tugun, Mikako encountered Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) in 2010. Mindfulness involves paying attention to each event experienced in the present moment within our body and mind, with a non-judgmental, non-reactive and accepting attitude. MiCBT is a therapeutic approach which has successfully married the principles of mindfulness training and principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. As she learned the effectiveness of MiCBT in treating a wide range of psychological and psychosomatic difficulties, she sought a series of teaching from Dr Bruno Cayoun, the principal developer of MiCBT. She was awarded with Graduate Diploma in MiCBT in August 2013.
- Emotion management problems
- Social and communication difficulties
- Depression and anxiety
- Sleep problems
- Eating disorders
- Parenting problems
- Relationship problems
Mikako is willing to work with anyone who seeks psychological therapy - including children, couples and individuals on the autistic spectrum. Therapy sessions are conducted in English or Japanese. MiCBT group therapy may be offered as requested.