Dai Kojima, PhD, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Sex/Gender: Male
Pronouns: He / Him
Ethnicity: Japanese
Bio

What I do
“Why does being me feel so difficult sometimes?” If you are asking this question, it is probably because you are sensing that things that used to help you cope with life are no longer working. I am here to help you find the answer to the question, and to walk with you on a journey towards healing and liberation. I work predominantly with racialized (Asian and other racial/ethnic groups), immigrant, and LGBTQ+ people experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, self-criticism and toxic shame, emotional difficulties, and other symptoms of complex-PTSD. Ultimately, my goal as your therapist is to help you write a new narrative of the self that is more liveable, authentic, and empowering.

 

How I Work
My psychotherapy practice focuses on the processing of developmental and complex-trauma (experiences of childhood abuse/attachment injuries, racial/sexual/gendered discrimination and violence, immigration, disability, intergenerational struggles in the family) that create difficulties later in life. My use of therapeutic techniques is integrative and is informed by Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Narrative Therapy frameworks. My work is guided by the principles of anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, and strength-based approaches.
I also offer personal counselling for one-to-one guidance and support for life transitions, career change, and family issues. Additionally, as a former university professor, I have extensive experience in academic guidance and support for QTBIPOC graduate and undergraduate students facing challenges around motivation, fatigue, supervisor/peer relationships, disability and diversity-related self-advocacy, and thesis/dissertation completion.

 

Why I do what I do
I understand that finding a therapist with working competency in cultural safety and mental health impacts of systemic and intersectional oppressions can be a challenge. As a queer of colour practitioner with lived experience of mental health struggles and recovery, I am committed to creating a warm space of validation, trust, and optimism for my clients.

Qualifications
License Number: #11269
License Province: Ontario, British Columbia
Sliding Scale / Reduced Fee Accepted: Yes
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Languages
English, Japanese
Modalities
Individuals
Therapy Offered
Telehealth/Teletherapy
Types of Therapy
Emotionally-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused, Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Issues
ADHD, Trauma and PTSD, Transgender, Anxiety, Depression, Emotion Regulation, Family Conflict, Racial Identity, Self Esteem, Relationship Issues
Last modified: May 1, 2022

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