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Your Own Wisdom is Already Within

Let's find your inner wisdom to transform together,

so you unlock new possibilities and live your life more fully.

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Are you feeling...

isolated and/or lonely?

that you will never be comfortable

around people?

like you're not good enough?

afraid of living  disconnected

from others?

like you don't belong?

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If you answered 'yes' to any of the questions above, I am here to work with you to help you move forward.​

I help adults who are struggling with social anxiety, self-criticism and judgment, and acculturation and bicultural identity issues to learn to love themselves, get off the couch, and live their lives.

Many of my clients started where you are currently, and now have reported feeling confident and comfortable expressing themselves without hesitation. They are also feeling more connected to their family, friends, and colleagues as well as participating in activities they enjoy. I am here to help you reach the point that you can have that too.

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About Me

Yoshimi Shimizu (she/her), LMHC, FOT

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  • NY State Licensed Mental Health Counselor  (LMHC #011728)

  • Florida State Telehealth provider (#1779)

  • Japanese Certification Board-Clinical Psychologist (#23554)

  • Japanese Certified Public Psychologist(#19889)

  • Focusing Oriented Psychotherapist​, Certified Focusing Trainer

Education & Clinical Trainings

  • M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Ritsumeikan University in Japan

  • Mental Health Counseling Program at Long Island University in New York

  • Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2017-2021) at Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (MITPP)

  • 2-year-Focusing Training at The International Focusing Institute 

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) Level 3


As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York State, Florida State Telehealth provider and Japanese-Licensed Clinical Psychologist, I have worked internationally with adult individuals living with social anxiety, self-criticism, self-judgement, traumas, acculturation, and bicultural identity issues. I am bilingual in Japanese and English and specialize in attachment- and somatic-based therapy. 

After coming to the United States, I have worked for outpatient clinics in New York City and offered treatment to diverse populations varying in ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status and culture. Since 2018, I opened my own private practice in Manhattan. ​ 

I obtained my Focusing Oriented Therapist certificate in 2014 from The International Focusing Institute and am a Level 3 Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy(AEDP) therapist at AEDP institute. Focusing Oriented Therapy will help you become more attuned to your mind and body. AEDP will also help you to access your authentic self and emotions through healing your pain. You will learn to process your emotional pain in a safe environment with the therapist. Both approaches, Focusing and AEDP, will assist you in feeling more connected to yourself from deep within. 

I believe people have their own wisdom and power to transform inherently from within and I help clients find that power to help them flourish. In my therapy sessions, I provide a safe environment for us to work collaboratively and interactively. 

As an immigrant, I also experienced difficulties adjusting to a new cultural environment and faced social anxiety myself. I love working with people to help them feel fully confident in who they are, both around others and on their own, and aim to bring them to a place where they can love themselves without toxic self-loathing. 

I look forward to working with you as you uncover your own beautiful power and wisdom inside. 

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Areas of Works

I work with adult individuals with the following issues: 

​Social Anxiety


Traumas and PTSD

Low Self Esteem

Cross-Cultural Issues

Coping with being Asian in the U.S.

I have worked with people who find it difficult to assert themselves and say "no" to others. I am also sensitive to acculturation issues including cultural identities. 

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Free Initial Consultation 

I offer a 20-minute free consultation. This is not a therapy session.

If you are new to psychotherapy, I will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. It will be a good opportunity to see if what the therapist offers matches what you expect in the therapy.

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Psychotherapy Services

I believe many of us hold wisdom and resources deep within. I will work alongside you to help you fully uncover them. We will nurture your resources together to improve your overall well-being.

I take a somatic-based approach, meaning we will get in touch with bodily sensations. This may include guiding you towards a sense of calm and feelings of groundedness. It is critical to find your own resources and nurture them somatically because our anxiety, fear, and traumas are connected with visceral experiences.


Focusing on your somatic (bodily) experience may be scary or you may not be sure what to expect. No need to worry - we will start where you feel safe and okay. I value providing a safe space for clients to process at their own pace, and we will determine together what that looks like for you. 


People experience many emotions: feelings of calm, joy, sadness, anger, fear, embarrassment, excitement, and more. Sometimes though, certain feelings have been shut out or shut down, resulting in difficulty expressing or feeling them. I will help you learn to listen to different parts of yourself without judgment. For example, you may feel angry while another part of you feels you “shouldn’t be angry.” Both sides can be valid and serve you in some way. I will help befriend each aspect of you, as we do not want to disregard any of these voices. By becoming your own friend and listening to your inner self more clearly, you will experience greater self-love while building a healthy sense of confidence and pride.


My approach integrates Mindfulness, Focusing, and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). These modalities gently allow you to connect feelings with physical sensations in order to align with your authentic self.

My session goal is not only to alleviate your symptoms, like anxiety or depression, but also to help you live your life more fully.


I’m looking forward to working with you. Together we can get you to the place where you feel, ‘That’s ME!’

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About Sessions

I work with adult individuals (18+ years old). Sessions will be held on a weekly basis, 45 or 60 minutes each. I am currently offering Online/Teletherapy via a HIPAA compliant platform at this time.

For the first session, you are asked to fill out an initial registration form and consent forms.  Please click below to obtain those forms and fill out those forms prior to our first session.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please contact me at least forty-eight hours ahead of a scheduled appointment; otherwise, we will charge you for the missed session. Please be aware that insurance carriers will not cover cancellation charges and therefore you will be responsible for paying in full for the cancelled session.

Fees & Insurance

The session fee varies depending on your health insurance plans. When you have financial concerns, please feel free to ask about a sliding scale availability at the initial consultation.

I am an out-of-network provider. If your health insurance plan carries mental health insurance coverage, part of the fee may be covered by reimbursement. Our billing manager will be happy to check your out-of-network benefits with your insurance company. Please ask for more details. 

About payment

I will accept personal checks, credit cards, PayPal, Venmo and Zelle. When there is a transaction fee for your payment method, such amount will be added to the charged amount. 

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Free Initial Consultation 

I offer a 20-minute free consultation. This is not a therapy session.

If you are new to psychotherapy, I will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. It will be a good opportunity to see if what the therapist offers matches what you expect in the therapy.

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Office Address: 225 Broadway #1570, New York, NY 10007

                              *currently providing online sessions only


Phone:        +1 (201) 474-2044


Contact Me

An initial consultation is provided for free. If you have a question,

drop me a note through the contact form below.

Click here for telephone inquiries

+1 (201) 474-2044

Thank you!

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