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.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Career difficulties
- Coping with life changes
Addictions , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Depression , Coaching , Compassion fatigue Read more...
LCSW #064376 (Expires: 2021-11-01)
I have been seeing Dr. Okuda for almost a year now and I have to say she has really helped me. She is supportive, kind, and very intelligent. She has helped me see things I didn't know effected me and come to terms with who I am and how I can better myself. She listens so carefully and gives the best advice when I feel lost. I truly appreciate her and I am excited to be working with her to continue making me the best me I can be.
I really respect and love Dr.Okuda. I’m happy she’s my therapist. She’s saved me from me.
I always look forward to my weekly meetings with Dr. Okuda.
She helped me when I was going through a hard time during lockdown. She helped me gain insight into my thoughts, feelings, and behavior so that I could become more grounded even while going through a lot of uncertainty and stress.
I could not recommend her enough.
Dr Okuda is a highly intuitive, emotionally intelligent and intellectually stimulated being. It is very evident that she is an experienced Counselor. Meticulous in the way she conveys her thoughts, she is careful to relay her message while being mindful and respectful of environment and feelings. She is highly skilled and knows how to make you dig deep and discover things in the innermost depths of your soul through simple, yet thoughtful and deliberate questions with purpose which lead towards revelations and understandings that will help you unlock the next level, by acquiring a better understanding of yourself and the challenges, emotions, traits, cycles, people, and places which you may seek to deal with better now. Thank God for her presence and contribution to my world in this life.
Best therapist ever
I could not ask for a better counselor. I feel heard, understood and supported. Dr. Okuda is amazing!!
Dr. Okuda is very thoughtful and knowledgeable about what I’m going through. She sees things from various perspectives and gives reasoning behind what might be the cause. She keeps me in check and gently pushes me to dig deep which I always find enlightening. I am very happy to have her as my therapist/counselor/sage.
Dr. Okuda is extremely professional and amazing! She helps me realize who I am and gives me the space to be myself. I truly feel as though I've grown with her guidance.
Dr. Okuda has changed what I thought was possible not with just therapy, but with myself. She is a confidante, an advisor, a champion. I've never felt like I've had someone in my corner like this before. As a relative newbie to therapy too, she's carefully guided me through the process and the best ways to work together. I could instantly tell that our approach was tailored to just me and it makes a world of difference as a patient when you feel uniquely listened to. And enabled. Thanks for all that you've done and continue to do.
She is great
Dr Okuda is an incredible therapist. As a therapist myself, I can say that Dr Okuda has a beautiful balance of expertise and compassion.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Dr. Okuda is great to work with has listened to my challenges and has helped me to work through some deep long term issues.
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.
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.
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. :)