Mimiko Watanabe, PsyD
As a person whose experiences and identities do not fit neatly into categories, I have encountered the challenges of navigating a society that operates on the assumption that ‘one size fits all’ works for everyone. I strive to create a different kind of space in my therapeutic approach. I view therapy as a collaborative process, recognizing that each unique individual requires different kinds of support, which can change over time. I am a multiracial (half white and half Japanese), cisgender, queer woman, with an immigrant parent and firsthand understanding of the complexities of navigating a multicultural family. My personal experience lends itself to professional curiosity and empathy as I support you in exploring and discovering what works best for you, both in the therapeutic process and in your life.
I will support you in strengthening your coping skills, improving communication and interpersonal relationships, and in making sense of your own story. I have specialized training in multicultural psychology, LGBTQ+ psychology, treatment of trauma (including adult survivors of childhood trauma), anxiety, mood disorders, and psychosis. I utilize intersectional feminist therapy as the framework from which I integrate relational, ACT, and DBT interventions. I earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver, completed my internship at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston Medical Center, and completed my postdoctoral residency at AIDS Care Group/Mosaic Medical Center for LGBTQ+ Health & Wellness.