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Dr. Kanako Okuda, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Relationships Grief Career difficulties Coping with life changes
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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 on positive psychology. I want to help you cultivate the best parts of you to enhance the areas of your life that you may feel the need 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.

Professional experience

18yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Relationships Grief Career difficulties Coping with life changes

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Depression, Coaching, Compassion fatigue

Services offered

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License information

NY LCSW 064376


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. Kanako Okuda. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

I greatly appreciate the time Dr Okuda provides to listen to me, and she helps me work through upsetting situations, and with problem solving.

Written on Oct 07, 2023 after therapy with Kanako for 2 years and 10 months

The best therapist

Written on Nov 12, 2022 after therapy with Kanako for 3 years and 3 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and grief

Dr. Okuda has helped me gain a lot of insight into my thoughts and actions. I would recommend her to anyone without hesitation.

Written on Aug 30, 2022 after therapy with Kanako for 3 years on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, anger management, career difficulties, and coaching

Is my great pleasure to recommend Dr. Okada. She has helped me so much in the past 6 months and I have progressed so much and I've changed my mindset in such a positive way and she is probably one of the best therapists that I've ever had so I feel very grateful and very happy that I've had the privilege of doing therapy with her she is very good about being honest and authentic and making sure that she is guiding you in the right direction. She is non-judgmental she is a great listener but she also gives great advice and feedback and she also will give tough love if you need it which I think is great because there was a situation that I wasn't able to let go of and would gentle love and care she was able to help me release it and I'm really grateful. I think is very lucky to have doctor okuda and she uses terrific there's just a million things I can just say about her but she just is so consistent and she's there when I need her and she makes time for me and she's just amazing so thank you so much

Written on Jul 08, 2022 after therapy with Kanako for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and coaching

She’s the best therapist for me!

Written on Apr 16, 2022 after therapy with Kanako for 2 years and 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

She is a wonderful coach and shoulder to lean on when things get tough.

Written on Mar 09, 2022 after therapy with Kanako for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes