Jeri Ichikawa, LMHC/LMFTA
Jeri Ichikawa’s Therapist Disclosure Statement <<< (Clickable)
People seek therapy for many reasons. Sometimes we feel badly because we are having conflict with people we care about, we are experiencing a challenging situation, or we may be feeling the effects of unwanted thoughts and feelings that we have had for as long as we can remember.
When we are feeling frustrated, angry, hurt or suffering with negative thoughts about ourselves or our lives, one of the greatest sources of relief and biggest steps to healing is the ability to share our feelings and thoughts with someone we know is truly listening and hearing what we are saying.
When we feel heard and understood, we can develop a sense of safety that provides the opportunity for us to see beyond the surface feelings and thoughts to the underlying habitual patterns and beliefs that are our automatic responses in our interactions with people and situations in our lives. This self-awareness is the key to reclaiming our personal power.
I have a holistic approach in the therapeutic process. It has been my experience that our emotions, thoughts, and physical experiences are intertwined, and it is important to address the influences each has on the other. My approach is eclectic, drawing on attachment theory, internal family systems, and cognitive-behavioral theories. I am licensed in Washington State as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.
I was born with a passion for horses, and I am an avid animal lover and animal advocate. My free time is spent with my 3 horses teaching them and learning with them. Every horse I have has over the past 40 years has been a rescue. I also love yoga, lifting weights, walking with my dogs, creating art and writing. I love being a therapist because I learn and grow as much as clients, and that is a great gift!
Specialties and areas of focus
- Relationship issues
Q&A with Jeri
1.) Some therapists are more comfortable addressing the immediate problem, while others want to focus on the deeper issue. Which are you?
It depends on the client, the problem, and where the client is at in the session. There are times when the presenting problem needs to be addressed for client functioning and to follow the thread to the deeper issue, and sometimes exploring deeper issues can resolve the immediate problem, and sometimes it’s a back and forth type of thing.
2.) Do you tend to lead the session, or follow my lead?
I usually follow the client’s lead.
3.) What are your strengths as a therapist?
Clients have told me that they like the way I listen, that I am understanding, that I focus on their empowerment and allow them to figure things out which helps them trust themselves, they like my guidance, that I am down to earth and don’t sugar coat things. I accept clients as they are, while focusing on their potential as human beings. I have also heard clients say they like that I have an eclectic approach and find them interesting educational materials on their diagnoses, life situations, etc. Clients have been appreciative that I am a fierce advocate for them.
4.) If you had one superpower, what would it be and why?
I would like to have more than one superpower please! If I have to pick one, it would be the ability to keep the planet healthy and regenerate the natural resources that have been destroyed.
5.) What makes you laugh?
Lots of things make me laugh. I like sarcasm, funny visuals, silly stuff, things that kids and animals do…random things.
6.) Who would you have dinner with, dead or alive?
Vishen Lakhiani, the founder of Mindvalley.