Dr. Kanako Okuda

(DSW, LCSW-R)

About Me

Hello. My name is Kanako Okuda. I am a licensed clinical social worker in New York State with over 18 years of experience helping individuals from various walks of life. I earned my Doctorate of Social Work from Rutgers School of Social Work and a Master’s Degree from Columbia University. I have worked with parents of children with life-challenging diseases and adults of all ages. I have also helped them successfully manage major life transitions, chronic health conditions, coping with educational anxiety, and dealing with work challenges.
One of my specialties is in managing educational anxiety. I have several years of experience counseling students through their college careers, as well as offering counseling to professionals regarding work-related issues. I've provided counseling at schools, in the home environment, in hospitals, and through web-based platforms. The premise of my work is based around positive psychology. I want to help you cultivate the best parts of you to enhance the areas of your life that you may feel needs to change.
I believe that we all have the innate potential to achieve a meaningful life. My role is to help you identify the strengths and resources you already have by recognizing your fear and insecurities through our work together. It is important to work collaboratively to accomplish the most meaningful results, and you will find my approach genuine and supportive. I look forward to collaborating with you to help you discover your best self.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
  • Career difficulties
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Depression , Coaching , Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 18

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Languages

English

Japanese


Licensing

LCSW #064376 (Expires: 2021-11-01)


Reviews

Written by O.L. on Jun 01, 2020 after counseling with Kanako for 9 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and grief

Extremely helpful in my life.

Written by N.A. on May 14, 2020 after counseling with Kanako for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Dr. Okuda is wonderful!!! She listens to my concerns and helps me work through things in a way that is supportive and encouraging. I feel like I can be fully honest. It is a great experience to feel like someone understands me.

Written by J.O. on Apr 09, 2020 after counseling with Kanako for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

Working with Dr. Okuda has been really really helpful as I was in the midst of a large transition in my life. She helped me to refocus and shift perspective, that’s has been extremely helpful in grounding myself a little more everyday.

Written by S.T. on Apr 05, 2020 after counseling with Kanako for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

She is helping me so much, I appreciate all the help I’ve been getting.

Written by M.A. on Mar 30, 2020 after counseling with Kanako for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and grief

Kanako has been an invaluable source of support and compassion throughout a very difficult transitional phase of my life. I am eternally grateful that I met her on this platform and hope to continue working with her for a long time.

Written by E.L. on Mar 28, 2020 after counseling with Kanako for 1 month on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship issues, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Dr. Okuda takes the time to respond thoroughly to my messages, even if they are lengthy. She addresses my points in a way where I can be sure she has considered them, and has expertise in handling similar situations. I am grateful to have her input at this time in my life.

Written by O.L. on Jan 06, 2020 after counseling with Kanako for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, coaching, and adhd

Dr. Okuda is a warm, compassionate, and well-trained clinician. Highly highly recommend her. She validates me, encourages me to grow and push myself, and overall provides excellent support all within the confines of an online app. Thank you for your help, Dr Okuda!

Written by K.I. on Nov 25, 2019 after counseling with Kanako for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I am so fortunate to have found Dr. Okuda; she is a kind, efficient, but equally important, a tactical and thoughtful professional. From our very first conversation, I’ve felt a sense of productivity and optimism that I really needed, and for that I am so grateful!

Written by D.A. on Nov 22, 2019 after counseling with Kanako for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Dr. Okuda is a great listener and help. She takes her time to help you through things and find different ways to approach or handle a situation.

Written by M.. on Oct 29, 2019 after counseling with Kanako for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, anger management, career difficulties, and coaching

Dr. Okuda is really great. She has helped me a lot, and seems to genuinely care about my well-being.

I feel that my sessions with Dr. Okuda have helped me. I think she is a very empathic individual. I would definitely recommend her to other people.

Written by L.E. on Oct 16, 2019 after counseling with Kanako for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

Dr. Okuda has opened my eyes to the benefit of therapy. She asks hard questions but also let’s me guide the conversation to where I want to focus. She is professional, kind, insightful, and has a sense of humor.

Written by K.I. on Sep 17, 2019 after counseling with Kanako for 1 month on issues concerning addictions, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Dr. Okuda is great to work with has listened to my challenges and has helped me to work through some deep long term issues.

Written by D.E. on Aug 12, 2019 after counseling with Kanako for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and anger management

Dr. Okuda has been really helpful in listening to me and helping me go through my current challenges with patience and expertise. She is always responsive and available on BetterHelp which I believe makes a huge difference to the patients including me. I really appreciate her help and I strongly believe people who are currently experiencing anxiety issues would find help from her.

Written by A.S. on Aug 07, 2019 after counseling with Kanako for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Working with Dr. Okuda has truly changed my life for the better. I joined BetterHelp when I was in a dark place and have truly had a huge turn around in my outlook and in how I handle day to day problems and frustrations.

Written by E.M. on Aug 01, 2019 after counseling with Kanako for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Dr. Okuda is a wonderful counselor who supports me in my thoughts while steering me to a positive and healthy mindset within those thoughts. She wants to make sure I am okay by the end of a session, and even if I am not, she acknowledges that that is okay. She helps me look at thought patterns in a way that’s helpful in my ability to manage them and be at ease with them even in my sadness, and ideally, too, in my happiness. I would recommend Dr. Okuda to any friend or family member, she has been wonderful. :)