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.
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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