Fusako Yamagiwa, LICSW

Sex/Gender: Female
Pronouns: She / Her
Ethnicity: Japanese

My specialty lies in issues rooted in cultural adjustment, identity development, and other traumatic experiences that might have impacted one’s ‘sense of self.’ As a trauma treatment specialist and EMDR practitioner, I see that symptoms such as anxiety, depression, or addiction develop as the mind’s way to cope with life challenges. My first goal as your therapist is to provide a place to listen without judgment. I, then work with you to develop alternative coping mechanisms, encouraging you to create a space for insight-oriented work. On a deeper level, I utilize somatic therapy tools such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Progressive Counting Therapy to assist you in healing past wounds and fostering Post-traumatic Growth. I also incorporate Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Therapy (MBSR) and other body-centered approaches in sessions to guide clients in employing self-calming skills.

I grew up in Japan and first came to the United States over 20 years ago as an adult on a cultural exchange program to teach Japanese in a high school in the Midwest. I earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at a public college in Manhattan. Partly inspired by my own experience of finding healing from trauma through therapy, I attended Smith College School of Social Work. Now, I am grateful to be able to use my life experiences and professional skills to help you expand your psychological awareness and become more flexible with your mind.I celebrate our differences and enjoy working with folks from various identities, backgrounds, and relational configurations. I strive to create a safe space for all.

License Number: MA123608, VT089.0134695TELE(Telehealth only)
License State: Massachusetts, Vermont
Practice Information
Types of Insurance Accepted: Out of Network, Private Pay, Blue Cross Blue Shield
96 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA, USA
Japanese, English
Therapy Offered
In Person Therapy, Telehealth/Teletherapy
Types of Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Trauma-Focused, Somatic Experiencing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Anxiety, Trauma and PTSD, Traumatic Grief, Stress, Self Esteem
Last modified: March 30, 2024

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