Dr. Kanako Okuda


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.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
  • Career difficulties
  • Coping with life changes

I also have experience 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





LCSW #064376 (Expires: 2021-11-30)


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. :)