Rena Kowaki

Counsellor in Training

Currently pursuing Masters of Counselling at Monash University.
Rena holds a Bachelor’s with International Studies, and Minor in Psychology at
University of Sydney, Australia.

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Background and Experience

Growing up in Japan, and having lived in Australia, Canada, and Singapore, I understand the challenges we may face when living and working abroad. Additionally, this multicultural exposure has helped me to understand the importance of multicultural sensitivity and to have a broader perspective and deep empathy for individuals from all walks of life.

Before my role as a counselor, I enjoyed working in a school environment as a Japanese language teacher in Singapore. My experience in working closely with a diverse population has equipped me to explore individuals’ uniqueness and to be non-judgmental and respectful of different worldviews, values, and beliefs.

Through my experiences, I came to realize that we all go through difficult times in life, and it is ok to talk about it. I would like to break the stigma of seeking help and ensure that everyone is able to have a safe space to work through their problems. Completing a Graduate Certificate of Counseling at Monash University confirmed my passion and motivated me to pursue my Masters in Counselling.

Therapeutic Approaches

Theoretical approaches that align with clinical and personal values include Person-Centered Therapy. I believe that every individual has their own strength and inner resources to work on their challenges. I strive to build trusting therapeutic relationships with clients and provide a safe space to work collaboratively with them. I am also undergoing training and regular supervision on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational nterviewing, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.


In my free time, I enjoy aerial silks dancing, and going on walks in nature. I also love traveling to experience and learn about other cultures.

I can conduct therapy in both English and Japanese.

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